Is Retin-A as effective as other scar removal treatments?

Tags: man age 25-34 face scar

Retin-A is cheaper and it sounds less invasive than other scar removal treatments, such as dermabrasion or a chemical peel, but can I count on it to remove the chicken pox scars I have on my face? At this stage, I'd be a happy customer even if they only faded a bit.


M, 33, Utah

Yes, I also have a few raised scars from skin infections. After a few months of use, I noticed the old skin was flaking off and flattening the bumpy scars. It also helped lighten a few darker areas, which was a great bonus for my overall complexion. One of Retin-A’s (tretinoin) main ingredients is vitamin A, which I understand can be found in over-the-counter scar remedies, but I liked that Retin-A had a strength that actually worked. Just be sure to wash your face with a gentle cleanser before applying and wait up to 20 minutes before dabbing Retin-A on your scars. Always use sunscreen after using Retin-A—if you don’t, you could end up with a nasty burn for sun exposure that definitely isn’t helpful for sensitive, scarred skin. Just note that it could take up to a year to work, so be sure to stay in touch with your cosmetic doctor about your progress.

Retin A is definitely less invasive than some other types of scar removal procedures and treatments, but as far as deep acne scars go, it probably won't produce the results you are hoping for. If your scars are a bit more shallow, then Retin A may do the trick for you. If nothing else, you can probably count on it to improve the texture of your skin.