Tretinoin use and how fast my skin adjusted.

I started using Tretinoin .05 on my face beg. of July 2016, every other day at first, I did experience very little irritation, a tiny bit of flaking on my forehead, cheeks and chin, but after about 10 days my skin has adjusted perfectly, no dryness or anything anymore. I use it all over my face, eyes, neck, chest, breasts, hands and forearms every day now. I don't have acne and just use it to better maintain my already very good skin. Is Tretinoin working since I have NO irritation?

Doctor Answers 1

Tretinoin and irritation...

Thank you for your question.  Tretinoin does not need to cause irritation to be effective.  Typically after starting retinoid therapy most patients will become slightly red and flaky for a week or two and then no longer see any signs of irritation thereafter.  Regards, Dr. Matt Elias

Fort Lauderdale Dermatologic Surgeon
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