What do I do if my skin is irritated?

Temporary dryness, flaking, redness, and/or mild itching are very common while your skin adjusts to effective prescription medications. Until your skin adjusts, try the techniques below. This may take 4 weeks, but typically resolves in less than 2 weeks. Conversely, blistering, weeping, rashes, or significant itching are not typical symptoms. Please contact our clinic if you have these symptoms. If your symptoms are severe, please go directly to your primary care doctor or emergency room.

Tips to help minimize irritation:

  1. Put on a plain moisturizer like CeraVe before you apply your serum-moisturizer.
  2. Start applying a plain moisturizer twice a day, in the morning and before your serum moisturizer.
  3. Decrease how often you apply your formula. Go to a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule until you’ve adjusted.
  4. Switch to a creamy, mild or oil cleanser. Wash using your finger tips (no washcloths or scrubs)
  5. Stop exfoliating.
  6. Stop using any other products containing benzoyl peroxide, AHAs like glycolic acid or lactic acid, or salicylic acid. These can be gradually reintroduced after your skin has improved.
  7. If the air is dry, running a humidifier can help.

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