Any Other Retin-A/Tretinoin Users Here? Looking For Advice.

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

I’ve used it for years, every night, all different strengths and I’ve never put moisturizer on first before the tretinoin, only after. Are you using sunblock? It’s very important. Are you using a mild exfoliating agent 1 or 2 times a week to get rid of the dead skin? If your skin is too flaky, go back to 0.01% until your skin adjusts. 

And don’t use it if you’re thinking about pregnancy in the near future.

If you’re getting breakouts it may be due to dead skin cells clogging your pores. This is why I like an exfoliant. And be sure that your moisturizer is non-comedogenic.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Hi! I use tretinoin …if your skin is dry to the point of flakiness it might be too strong for you so I would just limit use to every 2 nights and see if that helps. And just make sure you’re using a really good moisturizer.

as for the breakouts, your skins purging but if it’s overly dry your skin will produce more oil to compensate thus leading to more breakouts. What I would suggest (from my experience bc I’m obviously not a dermatologist lol) is treating the breakouts with a mild salicylic acid spot treatment which you can find at cvs and use that when you’re not using the tretinoin. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I’ve been using it for about 6 weeks now and my dryness has been managable. My skin is very dry to begin with, so I only use it every 2-3 nights. I also apply a thin layer of aquaphor over my moisturizer both morning and night, every day. Using a very mild exfoliant weekly seems to help, too.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

It took my skin 3-4 months to get out of that phase. I also started in the winter so it may have made it last longer. I also use it every 3rd night. My skin can’t handle every other night. If your skin is still peely and flaky, it means you need to back off a bit.

Also use an exfoliant. My nighttime routine is: Night 1: retin A. Night 2: no treatment, just my usual moisturizer. Night 3: AHA, then repeat.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

You might also want to check out the reddit sub skincareaddiction. You should be able to search tretinoin and find more reviews/personal use diaries. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

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somedaymrsj :  You guys must be so excited with the big day coming up! I actually don’t use an enzyme, as that will have an effect similar to tretinoin. I use a non-chemical exfoliant, plain old apricot scrub. I’ve used tretinoin since it first came out and I think it does help, so it’s worth persevering. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I started using it in the summer and had no problems with dryness then. Started again a couple months ago and may skin was soo dry and flaky so I think it has to do with the th weather. I agree with backing off, and waiting a half hour before putting it on your face. Make sure you moisturize in the morning too if you are putting the medicine on at night. It really helped me sooo much with my acne so my advice is keep it up

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I used to peel aggressively every time I used Retin-A. I began applying La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baum B5 after washing it off in the morning and then again the following night. By the next day, all of my peeling is gone and I am ready to use Retin-A again that night. I used to only be able to use it once a week because the peeling made my skin burn. This moisturizer calms the stinging, inflammation and redness as well.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I only use my tretinoin 2-3 days per week because I get too flakey and peely if I try to use it more often. I also find that exfoliating each morning before I put on my makeup helps to prevent daytime peeling quite a bit. I just use a Clarisonic in the shower with my face wash, not any specific exfoliating scrub. The natural oilyness/dryness of your skin is going to dictate how often you can use tretinoin without getting too dry and flakey.

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