Topical retinoids, related to vitamin A, help prevent hair follicles from getting plugged. These include products with the ingredients tretinoin (Avita, Renova, and Retin-A) and tazarotene (Avage and Taxorac). But topical retinoids may irritate your skin or cause redness or peeling.
Women who are pregnant, nursing, or may become pregnant should avoid topical retinoids.
Laser treatment — aiming a laser onto the skin — is sometimes used to treat severe redness and inflammation. It isn’t a cure, but it may provide some relief when creams and lotions aren’t enough. You might need several sessions for this treatment to work.