If you’re reading this article, either you a) already have a retinoid in your hands and are looking for the best way to use it, or b) you’re thinking about getting one. Either way, congrats—retinoids are one of the most amazing ingredients in skincare and will go a long way to making your skin look absolutely amazing. However, how to use retinoids isn’t a walk in the park—trust me. I’ve used retinoids for the past seven years for my adult acne (and I guess at this point, for anti-aging too).
What is a Retinoid?
Table of Contents
Is Tretinoin a Retinoid?
Is Vitamin A the Same as Retinol?
Is a Retinoid the Same as Retinol?
How Often to Use Retinol/Retinoids/Retin-A
Does Everyone Get Irritated by Retinoids?
What Are the Retin-A Side Effects?
How Frequently to Use Retinol?
Retin-A: How to Use it in a Skincare Routine
This is a really contentious subject—I’ve seen so much information about using retinoids after thin, watery-textured products based on an application rule of ‘thinnest texture to thickest’. The truth is, that’s not a blanket rule that applies here.
- Cleanse (with a gentle, non-foaming cleanser)
- Hydration Serums/Toners
- Moisturizer and/or Facial Oil
- Occlusive, applied to very dry spots