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?

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Tretinoin and irritation...

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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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