Retin-A stimulates skin cell turnover, so that "dry" skin is the older dead skin cells collecting on the surface. It takes about 3 days after applying Retin-A to see what it does, so you are dealing with several days of intense stimulation! Stop the Retin-A for a week, and re-start no more than twice a week, gradually increasing the frequency as your skin adjusts (remember the 3-day delay!). For now, gentle washing and moisturizers will help you get through the next few days.
Flaky skin is a common side effect of Retin-A use. There are two main options - 1. apply the Retin-A (make sure you are applying it to a DRY face) and then apply a nice moisturizer over it. or 2. use the Retin-A less often (like every other day, or every third day). You don't have to have flaky skin to have Retin-A be effective, so choose whichever of these options is preferable to you, and it should help resolve your issue.
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