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Skin Care Tips for Tretinoin (Retin-A): Find It Again Friday

Do you use tretinoin in your skin care regimen?

Everyone needs a refresher on their skin care regimen from time to time especially when using powerful prescription products. For this week's "Find It Again Friday," we are focusing on Dr. Cynthia Bailey's tips that Retin-A users should consider incorporating into their skin care routine if they are not already.

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For a more in-depth review of skin care regimen for tretinoin products, check Dr. Bailey's original post: 5 Skin Care Tips for Retin-A Users. She has built the perfect Complete Facial Skin Care Routine Kit to help people have success with Retin-A. It includes the best sunscreen for tretinoin users.

What are the top 5 skin care tips for tretinoin (Retin-A)?

1. Apply tretinoin at night

Tretinoin is light sensitive, so use it only during your nighttime skin care regimen. Be sure to wash it off entirely the next morning.

2. Avoid ingredients that interfere or don't mix well with tretinoin

This includes ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, and vitamin C. Apply products that interfere with tretinoin in the morning after the tretinoin has been washed off.

3. Dry your skin completely before applying tretinoin

This will minimize tretinoin-induced skin irritation. When applying moisturizers, allow 15 minutes between your moisturizer application or other skin care products before your tretinoin application.

4. Use sunscreen daily

Tretinoin makes your skin more light sensitive, especially to UV rays. Broad spectrum sunscreens with physical mineral blockers, such as zinc oxide, are best. Dr. Bailey has compiled a great collection of sunscreens to help you choose the sunscreen best suited for your skin type and other needs.

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Click here to find the best sunscreens for tretinoin users from Dr. Bailey's dermatology practice.
 These are proven zinc oxide sunscreens that work well with tretinoin.

5. Build your skin to the highest tretinoin level it will tolerate

The higher the level of tretinoin, the more benefits you will get from this powerful anti-aging agent. However, you will have to start with the lowest level and "train" your skin to tolerate the higher levels. Otherwise, you may experience irritation, discomfort, or even a chemical burn.

Dr. Bailey provides more details in her blog post: How to Correctly Use Tretinoin.    

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Written by Angela, a member of the Dr. Bailey Skin Care Team for many years and now a Nurse Practitioner extraordinaire!