Readers of The No-Nonsense Beauty Blog have sent in some really interesting questions about Retin A and you may have missed the answers in the comments. These questions showed that there are so many details about Retin A that can spell the difference between getting the results you want and just giving up using it.
1. Can I use Retin A on my neck?
Absolutely! It will take longer to see improvement and it won’t be as dramatic as on the face, but it certainly will help. Use a little pea size dab, about the size you use on your face.
2. Can I use both hyaluronic acid and Retin A?
Again, yes. There are actually two forms of hyaluronic acid– one that is injected into lines to smooth out the face and the other is added to creams as a super moisturizer. Both can be used with Retin A. In face, hyaluronic acid is one of my go-to moisturizer ingredients. Its highly effective in attracting and holding moisture and never irritating.
3. Can Retin A stop working?
It can seem like that. The skin actually needs to get used to Retin A in order to be able to use it every night. Over time you won’t see the more dramatic differences you did in the first few months of use, but trust me, under the skin good things are happening. Retin A will still be stimulating collagen, thickening the skin layers, and encouraging circulation. If you stop using it, you will see that you will start losing the benefits.
4. What type of moisturizer should I use with Retin A?
Short answer, the richest one your skin can tolorate. In the first six months on Retin A avoid a moisturizer with AHA’s like glycolic acid, peppermint and vitamin C, all of which can be too irritating on skin just starting to use Retin A. As time progresses these ingredients can actually work with Retin A to deliver more results.
5. Which should I apply first– moisturizer or Retin A?
After washing your face, wait at least 10 minutes, then apply your Retin A. Then wait another 10 minutes for it to absorb, then spread on your moisturizer. You want to give the Retin A full access to your skin and a layer of moisturizer can interfere with absorption.
Got more questions abou about Retin A? Please email me and I’ll find the answers. Success or failure with Retin A seems to depend on mastering details that doctors often don’t mention.