4 Tips For Getting the Best Out Of Retinoids

Have you ever been browsing skincare products and noticed the word “retinoid” on the labels, or had your dermatologist prescribe a retinoid treatment? Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives and can be used to treat issues like acne, aging, and sun damage. Whether over the counter or prescription, they can be an effective solution to many skin problems.

Retinoids can help treat acne and signs of aging, thanks to their unique formula that fights breakouts while smoothing wrinkles. However, since retinoids are particularly potent, not applying them the right way can cause further damage to your skin. Want some tips? Check out these four to get the most out of your retinoid treatment!

Don’t start with full strength

If you use a new retinoid, it's best to introduce your skin slowly! Using too strong a product too quickly can cause skin irritation. To avoid this, begin by applying a weaker retinoid every three days, and gradually increase the strength as you adjust.

Less is more

This powerful product is a great addition to your skincare routine, but it can be easy to overdo. Instead of layering it on generously, start with a pea-sized amount. 

Dot the solution on small areas of acne and spread it out in a thin layer over your face. Afterward, protect your skin by applying a layer of sunblock of at least SPF 30.

Read the label

Retinoids are great for your skin, but if you use them with other chemicals they can be less effective and cause irritation. They don’t mix well with products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, since the retinoid will offset their positive effects on your skin.

Wait to apply after washing your face

Want to maximize your positive results? Wait at least half an hour between washing your face and applying your retinoid. The product will be more effective on dry skin, and you’ll be more likely to avoid undue irritation if the skin is dry.

The Options

Retinoids encourage the sebaceous glands to shrink and reduce their oil production. This can help unclog existing comedones (such as blackheads) and prevent new ones from forming.

Tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene are all examples of retinoids you may be prescribed. They work very well at minimizing the appearance of whiteheads or blackheads and can be an integral part of a healthy acne treatment regimen.

Which retinoid do I use?

Curious to learn more, and want to get an educated start? Get in contact with us for a free consultation and we'll help you decide which retinoid is right for your skin!

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