Retin A as the ultimate acne cure?
You may have heard a neighbor or friend tout the miracle
work involved with acne and Retin A.
You may have come here to research the possibilities, since
you are at your wit’s end, and decided to deal with acne and Retin A as the latest
Or you may have heard about or read up on how Retin A is a
medically questionable solution, that Retin A was banned, is dangerous, is too drastic a decision
Acne is, granted, one of those human flaws that
unfortunately appear externally, so, unlike a genealogy of family members who are mentally ill or
alcoholic, we cannot hide or keep secret the seemingly fatal flaw.
I agree: acne makes for socially disastrous results.
It can hurl us into depression, see us into obsession—into staring at ourselves for hours, picking,
poking, squeezing, and popping, and can impel us to study and pursue such seemingly desperate
measures as spending hours poring over acne and Retin A reports and case studies.
Let me give you one such
case study of acne and Retin A when Retin A was still a volatile possibility--in a moment, after a
few words on how we grow that acne to begin
First, please understand that acne is
Acne is bacteria-based--is a result of natural sebum
clogging pores and follicle. Acne is also induced by stress, which sends an increase of sebum
to the pores and follicles, thereby sending you something to show off at the high school reunion,
wedding, or first date, which, if you think positively about it, will prove to yourself and others
you are still young...not that you were so stressed about revisiting your history that you broke
out in adolescent growth spurts—on your face.
Some of us are still that young, others remember having
acne, others have kids who are having a bad time of this adolescent nightmare, and still others of
us recall acne and Retin A.
As far back as the seventies, that is, I was an acne and
Retin A candidate. And though those I tell today show doubt about that acne and Retin A
(because it was then a problem/solution combo that was highly questionable and not yet fully
studied, and, well, because my skin is zit-free now), I continue to swear by acne and Retin A as
the most miraculous of problem and solution phenomena.
Yes, I washed my face. Yes, I steamed and applied
fresh lemons. Yes, I went to a dermatologist, was given a prescription that required acne and
Retin A become friends. And yes, that Retin A was mixed with straight vodka. And…hell,
yes, it burned, made my face peel in sheets, and made peers in high school point and ask if I had
been in some sort of accident.
But, OH, YESSSS…. By day three of the acne and Retin A
experiment, I was once again the beauty I thought I was.
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