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A 34-year-old female asked:

When using retin a in the night can putting a hydrating moisturizer from zo over it take away from the full benefits you get from using retin a alone?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
No. Retin A will have it's effects despite the use of a moisturizer. In fact, you SHOULD be moisturizing frequently, and staying hydrated. Both improves skin resiliency and limits. oil production. Retin A can be irritating and drying, so moisturizer prevents the skin from producing more oil. Avoid astringents, irritants, peels or scrubs, as they also irritate the skin.
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Dr. Stanley Katz
Dermatology 49 years experience
It all depends exactly for what reason you are using the retin a. If for an acne condition, I would suggest that you simply use the retin a alone at night. Should you get any irritation, you might use it less often or for a shorter time pd. No need to "moisturize" if no irritation.
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Last updated May 3, 2021


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