Retinoids were created to help fight acne, but they also work as a great anti-aging treatment. The unique formula of ingredients works to clear your skin and combat breakouts while minimizing wrinkles! However, since retinoids essentially peel away layers of dirt and old skin cells, improperly applying the cream can result in unpleasant side effects. To apply it correctly, follow these four tips when adding retinoids to your skincare routine!
1. Let your skin adjust
One of the most frustrating parts of using a new retinoid is applying it only to find it makes your skin feel worse than before due to skin irritation. The best way to avoid this irritation is by allowing your skin time to adapt to the new product. Begin with applying light amounts of a weaker product every three days and gradually increase the strength. As time passes, you will build up a tolerance and the product will begin to work its magic.
2. Don’t use too much product
Although you might be excited to upgrade your skincare routine with this powerful product, trust me when I say that a little goes a long way. Using too much may cause the treatment not to work. A pea-sized amount will suffice.
Try dotting the solution on small areas of acne and spreading it out in a thin layer over your face. Afterward, apply a layer of SPF 30 sunscreen to help protect the skin.
3. Check the ingredients
Check labels before adding a new skincare product to your routine. Retinoids are great for your skin, but they don’t mix well with other chemicals, and when using them, you should avoid products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, as it will offset the positive effects of the retinoids and irritate your skin even further.
4. Apply retinoids to dry skin
Most of us are used to applying face products directly after washing the face, but with retinoids, that can cause undue irritation. To minimize irritation and maximize positive results, wait for a half-hour before applying retinoids on moist or wet skin.
Your Retinoid Options
Retinoids help decrease the size and production of sebaceous glands, unplugging existing comedones and decreasing their formation.
They’re composed of an altered form of vitamin A, and there are a few kinds available to you. Some examples include tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene which work pretty well at decreasing the appearance of whiteheads, blackheads, or stubborn breakouts.
How do I know which one to use?
Only a dermatologist can tell you which retinoid would be best for your skin! If you’d like to learn more about your options, get in contact with us for a consultation!