What is best moisturizer to use with Retin-A?

What is the best moisturizer to use after or before applying retin-a

Doctor Answers 3

RR Retinoid Repair Cream and moisturizing

For many years, our office has dealt with moisturization problems associated with Retin A.  At this time, we have switched over to Replenish Cream to minimize discomfort as it contains retinoids alongside a moisturizing base. Our patients seem to tolerate the Replenish Cream much better and we advise them to use Elevase Moisture Booster to moisturizer their skin. 

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Opti-Ceramides like Elevase Moisture Booster Moisturize the Skin with retin-A

I recommend Opti-Ceramides to help moisturize the skin during application of retinoids or retin-A. 

A great Opti-Ceramide is Elevase Moisture Booster and you can get information about this product by clicking on the link below. It is physician formulated. 

Hratch Karamanoukian MD FACS


Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Buffalo General Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Moisturizer and Retin-A

It depends on what you like. Some people like a thinner, regular lotion like Lubriderm or CeraVe. And others like something thick like SkinCeuticals Emollience. It is entirely your preference and it won't affect the results if you use something thinner or thicker on top of your Retin-A.

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F. Victor Rueckl, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

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