Can you help with with a question regarding the use of Retin A and moisturizers?....Some people are saying you can use a moisturizer before retin a and some are saying to use after retin a......which one would give the best result?
Also, is there any particular moisturizers which I should be using with the retin a?..
Thanks so much for your help : )
I use Complex 15 after Retin A. It doesn't have any actives in it and just really moisturizing. I think that's what you'd want to look for.
I use a moisturizer after Retin- a, waiting a few minutes (5-20). The moisturizer shouldn't be anything special, just use it if you feel your skin is dry. The Retin-a base is quite emollient.
First, your pharmacist would probably be the best person to ask. Having said that I can't imagine putting a barrier like a moisturizer on first.
I get a compounded one and when I asked the pharmacist he said I could use anything with it. No issues putting moisturizer on afterwards. I only had to do that when I first started using it but not since. Don't know if mine is a bit different due to the other compunds they added such as hylauronic acid and a couple others I can't remember the names of right now that they said help the affectiveness.
Check with your pharmacist to get the scoop on the best way to use it.
This is how my dermatologist set me up.
For a year, I was cleansing with Vanicream cleansing bars and then applying Vanicream Lotion and then applying the Retin A.
For the last 6 months she has me now putting the Retin A on first and then the Vanicream Lotion.
I am going back next week for my 6 month check and I don't know if she will change it again.
What I appreciated about this method was that I never had any redness or drying but the improvement in my skin has been amazing (I had a lot of sun damage on my cheeks as well as rosacea.
I didn't think my skin could improve, but in the last 6 months changing to Retin A first, my skin is actually even better.
I think it will come down to whether you want fast results or not. I was very happy not to have any drying, redness or peeling. When I did Retin A 15 or so years ago, I gave up on it very quickly because I could not deal with the redness and peeling.
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You can use moisturizer before or after the retin-a, it depends on your skin.
Using moisturizer before retin-a will buffer it, making it gentler to the skin. This method is good for people who have sensitive skin and issues tolerating retin-a. It's also good for people who are new to retin-a to help the skin acclimate to it. This is how I started and I never had any redness, peeling, or dryness. The retin-a will still penetrate, but will absorb more slowly and will be slightly diluted. It will still be effective, but may take longer to see results.
Using moisturizer after retin-a will help moisturize the skin and counter the drying effects of the retin-a. This method is good for people who get a lot of flaking and dryness while using retin-a.
If your skin is oily, tolerant, or very strong, you may not need a moisturizer with it at all.
Be sure to use a moisturizer without any additional actives (like glycolic acid, peptides, or retinol) because they can cause irriation when used with retin-a. Something simple that just moisturizes without all the bells and whistles is best. I really like Complex 15.
Last edited on 9/9/2012
Last edited on 9/9/2012