Will taking breaks from Retin A or other retinoids lessen their effects?
The answer to this is really no – as long as it’s being used most months for sun damage. For acne, taking 4-8 weeks off changes the way the oil glands function and you may notice an increase in clogged pores and acne. The peel you mention may counteract that that clogging though.
Maybe the best way to think about this is that it’s similar to vitamins in our food. Missing a few weeks or months of veggies with vitamins and minerals probably won’t cause permanent damage. But the more consistent you can be, the better your health. One option is to change to a lower strength retinoid for a few months like the SkinMedica Retinol 0.25.
Hope this helps, Dr. I