Retin-A CAUSED my pores to enlarge
Derma Roller, Acne, Blackheads & Whiteheads
Hi, there. I'm at my wits end, so I'm hoping you can help steer me in the right direction. Can Retin-A CAUSE sudden dilation of pores?? I realize that sounds contrary to what Retin-A is purported to do, but here's my story...
My entire life I've had mostly dryish skin, with nearly invisible pores. In recent years I've begun developing cystic pimples on my cheeks (approx 4-5 pimples per month), but still continued to be dry and pore-less in appearance. Finally, seven weeks ago I got tired of being the 30-year-old with painful monthly cysts on her face, so I was prescribed Retin-A cream (0.05%) by a dermatologist. As of today, I really like what it's done for my pimples and fine lines I was beginning to notice. However, despite positive results in one area, something terrible has happened in another. On about the third day of Retin-A, my pores suddenly opened wide and haven't closed since. They are HUGE, and they're EVERYWHERE! Every time I look in the mirror I am shocked to see this hideous transformation. I truly did not even realize I had pores any place except my nose, until now. The wide open pores are solid across my cheek bones, in the hollows of my cheeks, on the "apples" of my cheeks and all across my forehead. And it also appears that any spot where I ever had a pimple in my life is now an even bigger pore. What has happened?? Have you ever heard of this happening with a new regimen of Retin-A? Could this sudden dilation be permanent?
When I initially saw the pores, I immediately thought my already dryish skin was shocked by the Retin-A and overcompensating for its drying effect, so I responded by adding a boatload of moisturizers. From approximately days 4 through days 8 of being on the Retin-A, I would layer on two different moisturizers in the AM, reapply 1-2 times during the day, then reapply about an hour after applying the Retin-A a night. Turns out that routine was a bit moisture-aggressive because for the first time in my life I became super-oily (and it didn?t help the pore size either). So, around day 9 or 10, I stopped the aggressive moisturizing approach, and now apply a good moisturizer in the AM and PM; I'll touch up very lightly mid-day ONLY if absolutely necessary (but for the most part I've learned to live with just an AM and PM moisturizer, and also learned to tolerate mild tightness/dryness throughout the day). That immediately got rid of the temporary oiliness I experienced, but did nothing for my pore size. I've also introduced a daily vitamin-C serum in the AM, as well as an alcohol-free witch hazel toner in the PM (both of these were suggested to me to re-close my pores to their old size). I use Retin-A 4-5 nights a week. I'm cleansing with either Cetaphil or Boots No. 7 Soft & Soothed for normal/dry skin. I'm moisturizing w/ CeraVe facial lotion and/or a pure oil (so far I've tried jojoba, sweet almond, avocado, and rice bran). But nothing is helping return my pores to their original size!!
So, to be clear, I do not have oily skin that usually accompanies enlarged pores. I have dry skin, and always had very small, invisible pores...that is, until I started Retin-A, when my pores suddenly opened up all across my face.
Anyway, any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
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