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Sunburn or retinol burn? Not sure which or how to treat
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Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:21 am      Reply with quote
I recently started using retinol again. It's a mild product I'd used before so was using it every day for a week. Last night I'd noticed a slightly tingling washing my face so decided to apply a light moisturiser instead of retinol.
I live in Aus and spent about ten minutes in direct sunlight at midday (I went for a swim at the beach), wearing Paula's choice RESIST Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 that I'd applied at 7am. I then spent an hour sitting in a beach tent with a hat and sunglasses on and reapplied sunscreen (a chemical sunscreen) before driving home. When I got home my face was incredibly red, and aloe vera made it redder. I put a cold compress on my face for a few hours which helped substantially but now I have a bright pink and strange shaped splotches on either cheeks and I don't know if it is a reaction to the retinol or sunburn and how to treat it. I have some melasma so I am very concerned at the thought of it darkening/getting worse. I thought if it was sunburn the redness would be more diffuse and feel hot, but instead my skin is blotchy and stings when I put cream on.
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Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:58 am      Reply with quote
Okay so being in Aus – you need to make sure you regularly apply sun protection if you are using retinol (and Retin A). Even though it may seem mid strength, the way the skin responds to retinol changes over time. Just like Retin A, you can be fine for months and then suddenly you get the peelies showing up. Now it sounds like your skin didn’t like something and the redness is a reaction sign by the sounds of it. So you need to be extra cautious with your skin over the next 6-12 weeks. He cold compress is a great idea, and trying to minimise any iritants is going to be a really sensible idea. Make the skin care simple as possible. Use a gentle cleanser and hydrate yourself. Now the other thing is Vit C is great for sun exposure, and it is really good at helping to stop free radical damage. A good derm once told me that if she went out in sun without protection, her first step when she got indoors was to apply vit C as it stopped the free radical damage from doing harm and also soothed the skin and helped it repair.
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Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:36 pm      Reply with quote
This drug may make you increasingly delicate to the sun. Evade delayed sun introduction, tanning stalls, and sunlamps. Climate limits, for example, wind or cold may likewise be aggravating to the skin.
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Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:27 am      Reply with quote
I have no reservation in blaming on Retinol or Retin A for photo-sensitivity.

Using Retinol / Retin-A and be exposed to the sun is counter-intuitive and counter-productive. Period.
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