Retin a Application... Ok to Blend?

Is it ok to blend anything such as a natural oil or aloe vera with retin a for application?

Doctor Answers 3

Retin-A can be mixed with moisturizer

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Retin-A is a good option for skin rejuvenation.  Sometimes, Retin-A can be drying to the skin.  For patients that find this to be a problem we often will recommend mixing the Retin-A with moisturizer.  In doing so, the concentration of the medication is lowered but this does not seem to be a problem.

Naples Facial Plastic Surgeon

Mixing Retin-A with moisturizer

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Because Retin-A products can be drying, it is best to combine them with a good, thick moisturizer. You can mix them together and apply, or better, in my opinion, is to apply the Retin-A, leave for a few minutes, then apply the moisturizer over it. Make sure you apply Retin-A to clean, dry skin.

Moisturizers with Retin-A creams

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

For dry skin or to tolerate Retin-A better you can definitely mix a moisturizer.  The efficacy is the same and you will have less peeling. 

Hope this helps


Dr. Grant Stevens         Marina Plastic Surgery Associates            Marina del Rey, CA The Institute

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 152 reviews

You might also like...

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.