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

Angela Christiansen|January 3, 2014

Do you use tretinoin in your skin care regimen?

Everyone needs a refresher on their skin care regimen for the New Year, 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. 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.

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 with tretinoin Glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and vitamin C do not mix with tretinoin. 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 blockers, such as zinc oxide, are best. Dr. Bailey has compiled a sunscreen comparison chart to help you choose the sunscreen best suited for your skin type and other needs. 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.   If you have found these tretinoin tips helpful, please show your thanks by commenting on, sharing, “liking,” tweeting, “pinning,” and Google +1 this blog post with friends and family.  Sincerely, Dr. Bailey Skin Care Team Photo attribution: Thanks and gratitude to © Doable/amanaimages/Corbis