Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel Use with Retin a Gel .25?

hi, im currently using retin a every other days and with clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel..the moisturizer is gel form which make my face not greasy..the product is only said oil free and non acnegedic but doesn't have wondering if it still safe and good for my oily acne prone skin?

Doctor Answers 3

Elevase Moisture Booster and Retin A

Our office recommends ceramide creams and we advise patients to use Elevase Moisture Booster, with Opti-Ceramides, when using Retin A. 


Dr. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Using A Moisturizer With Retin-A (Tretinoin) Gel

Moisturizers can be used AFTER Retin-A (tretinoin) is applied to the skin but why not switch to the cream form of Retin-A instead of the gel so it will be less drying to your skin and you may not require a moisturizer, The major drawbacks to Retin-A (tretinoin) is local irritation and redness that can limit its use in some patients. Inflammation and peeling are experienced by most patients when they begin tretinoin therapy. Although these reactions subside after a few weeks, many patients will not tolerate the initial peeling and redness. Therapy should start with a lower concentration to minimize irritation and redness.


Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Moisturizer and Retin A

Oil-free and non-acnegenic is fine for oily skin.  I do have to mention that a number of my patients have reported more breakouts when they started using Dramatically Different moisturizer.

Also, if your skin is oily and acne-prone, you probably don't need a moisturizer.  Retin A 0.1% gel can be drying, but now that we are in a warmer and more humid time of the year, you might find you do fine without a moisturizer altogether. 

Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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