Ever hear of Short Contact Therapy (SCT)?
It can be life changing.
SCT basically uses a potentially irritating product, like retinoids for example, as a quick, wash-off mask to give you the same overnight benefits, but of course, without the irritation.
And if you’re asking:
“But why use retinoids? Why not use salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide?”
Retinoids works deep within your skin which prevents acne from ever forming. And the ability to fight wrinkles is a major bonus.
Yale dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD notes:
“Retinoids are an excellent long-term acne treatment, since they regulate the shedding of the cells that lead to clogged pores. In situations where a retinoid is just too irritating, though, short contact therapy can be the perfect choice, since some contact is certainly better than no contact.”
So how short is short? Right?
An SCT study says anywhere from 30 seconds to about five minutes, which tested 0.1-percent tazarotene gel on acne-prone patients for 12 weeks.
In the study, participants were instructed to apply the retinoid twice a day, leaving it on for up to five minutes before washing it off.
Almost all patients saw a significant decrease in acne by the end of week 12.
In fact, participants who only applied the retinoid once a day for about 3 and 1/2 minutes, saw almost a 70-percent reduction in overall acne.
Anyway, if you’re not interested in getting a prescription for tazarotene gel, you can always opt for an over-the-counter retinoid – Differin. But note that is it about four-times weaker than tazarotene.
But if you DO opt for the prescription, Dr. Gohara stresses that patients use the retinoid as prescribed which is typically at least 2-3x a week to start, until you build tolerance.
But SCT is still a viable option for anyone dealing with:
- random bumps
- rough patches