Retinoids come in two forms, topical and oral. Retinoids are derived from Vitamin A and work by increasing cell turn over. What does that mean? Well, your skin cells regenerate naturally but retinoids speed this up to outcompete the acne, and in the process they cause irritation and peeling. Skin cells that are made faster also make your skin more sensitive to the sun because the cells aren’t really mature. On top of that, there are only so many cycles of cell turnover that your skin can handle so what’s not talked about is that this actually causes faster skin aging!
When you take retinoids orally, we like to call this “the nuclear option” as this goes throughout your whole body and is really tough on the liver and other organs. Oral retinoids have a whole list of medical risks like gut issues, liver damage and IBS that can last a lifetime.
Even if you accept the skin damage and serious medical risks that these acne products cause, you are still frustrated by deal the relapses because your skin can’t handle the collateral damage from them. Then you have to go off the treatment … and your acne comes right back.