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Dr. Al Hegab
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Moisturizing Creams Or Lotions (Definition)

When the skin is dry or injured, moisturizing creams or lotions can be ...Read more


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I use a pricey. 03% retinol cream on my face. Would the benefits be the same if I mixed generic tretinoin cream with a moisturizer?

I use a pricey. 03% retinol cream on my face. Would the benefits be the same if I mixed generic tretinoin cream with a moisturizer?

Difficult to say: Not all moisturizers are equal and you should use a non-comedogenic mositurizer. Furthermore not all delivery vehicles or preparations are equivalent. Microspheres allows a time release effect that is more gentle on skin. Furthermore separation of the two components allows you to increase the potency as you build tolerance. I am a fan of the component approach albeit the inconvenience. ...Read more

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Can I use collagen boosting moisturizer above the retinoid (retacnyl tretinoin)? Also, is the use of a retinoid compatible with breastfeeding?

Can I use collagen boosting moisturizer above the retinoid (retacnyl tretinoin)? Also, is the use of a retinoid compatible with breastfeeding?

Not while breastfeed: Don"t use a retinoid while breastfeeding - it has never been studied and could be harmful. The other stuff is a waste of money as these creams and lotions have no way to penetrate the skin and "boost" collagen. ...Read more

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How long after cleansing should I apply tretinoin? How long after tretinoin can I apply moisturizer without lessening the effects of the tretinoin?

How long after cleansing should I apply tretinoin? How long after tretinoin can I apply moisturizer without lessening the effects of the tretinoin?

Make sure: Your skin is completely dry before applying the retin-a. This may take 5-10 minutes after drying with a towel. ...Read more

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Should I apply a moisturizer before or after my tretinoin cream?

After.: Let the pharmaceutical be absorbed into skin that has not had "blocking" moisturizer applied first. Retin-a first; then moisturizer. ...Read more

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Is it okay if at night I apply differin (adapalene) then tretinoin cream then moisturizer?

Is it okay if at night I apply differin (adapalene) then tretinoin cream then moisturizer?

Depends: Both differin and retin a (tretinoin) act similarly. Both can be a bit irritating or drying. One or the other would probably adequate. Be sure to continue to moisturizer well and use a good sunscreen! ...Read more

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Elocom (0.1%), Betnovate Ointment (30g), Elica-M (0.01%), Vaseline or moisturizer cream. Which cream may help to heal burned skin fast from Retin A (tretinoin)?

Elocom (0.1%), Betnovate Ointment (30g), Elica-M (0.01%), Vaseline or moisturizer cream. Which cream may help to heal burned skin fast from Retin A (tretinoin)?

Dermatologist: Evaluation, please don't self medicate, those are potent steroid creams, which you might not need in your case, seek a dermatologist evaluation please, best wishes ...Read more

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I got prescribed doxycycline and retin a tretinoin if my skin gets dried out do I moisturize it or leave it alone to dry? And if so what moisturizer

I got prescribed doxycycline and retin a tretinoin if my skin gets dried out do I moisturize it or leave it alone to dry? And if so what moisturizer

RetinA can be drying: It is the retin a (tretinoin) which is drying. You want to be sure you are on a cream or micro-gel, but not the gel formulation. Stop it for a few days, apply 1% Hydrocortisone cream twice a day, then resume the retinoid, starting at every other day. ...Read more

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Used retin A (tretinoin) twice on penis head...skin burned, reddish and sore patches. Applying Vaseline, moisturizer for 3 days. Can I apply Betnovate ointment?

Used retin A (tretinoin) twice on penis head...skin burned, reddish and sore patches. Applying Vaseline, moisturizer for 3 days. Can I apply Betnovate ointment?

Stop: I have no idea why you want to put Retin A (tretinoin) on your penis head since there is no wrinkle there. If anything, try topical hydrocortisone for a few days to calm the inflammation down (I presume however that Betnovate is a brand of cortisone containing betamethasone. If so, it is ok to use it once a day for 3-4 days but no more). ...Read more

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Can I use kiehl's ultra facial toner before applying retin-a 0.01% cream on to my face? The toner is alcohol free. Do I need moisturizer over retinol?

Yes you can: Use your toner immediately after you wash your face in the evenng. Wait 5to10 minuteso make sure there is no moisture on your skin and then use your retn a cream. Yes you can use moisturizer over it afterwards and that is ok. ...Read more

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Can I use bio-oil over my retin-a micro at night to help my face further with some scarring and uneven skintone? Or is a moisturizer better to use?

Can I use bio-oil over my retin-a micro at night to help my face further with some scarring and uneven skintone? Or is a moisturizer better to use?

Oil and facial skin: I would suggest an oil-free non-comedogenic moisturizer if retin a (tretinoin) is too drying for your skin. Better yet, decrease the concentration and/or frequency of applications of retin a (tretinoin) until your skin gets used to it. Oils applied to the skin will make you more likely to break out which may lead to additional scarring. ...Read more

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First day of using Retin-A 0.025 gel for wrinkles and nose blackheads. I'm aware of possible dryness that may occur. Can I use moisturizer on top?

First day of using Retin-A 0.025 gel for wrinkles and nose blackheads. I'm aware of possible dryness that may occur. Can I use moisturizer on top?

Acne: Wait until your face begins to feel dry or starts turning red. Stop the retin A (tretinoin) for a few days, and begin applying the moisturizer for a week or so ...Read more

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What can I use to remove acne scars on my forehead? Dermatologist put me on Zineryt & Retin A cream for 2 yrs but scars still there. I’m currently using Eucerin Cleanser, toner and moisturizer as recommended by my Dermatologist.

What can I use to remove acne scars on my forehead? Dermatologist put me on Zineryt & Retin A cream for 2 yrs but scars still there. I’m currently using Eucerin Cleanser, toner and moisturizer as recommended by my Dermatologist.

Acne scars: Depends on what they look like, how deep they are and how big an area you are talking about. Subtle treatments include microdermabrasion and chemical peels. More aggressive treatments can be done with Erbium or fractionated CO2 lasers. Sometimes, ice pick, deep scars can benefit from cutaneous fillers like Radiesse or Juvederm. See an ENT facial plastic surgeon or general plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Any recommendations on which night moisturiser to use after retin a (tretinoin)?

Keep it simple: A simple, no fuss moisturizer such as Cetaphil can be used after application of Retin A (tretinoin) at night. Be sure to use a moisturizing sunscreen during the day when exposed to the sun. ...Read more

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Is olay total effects day time SPF 15 good to use as I'm using tretinoin at night? Or would you suggest a better moisturiser? I have one with argeline

Is olay total effects day time SPF 15 good to use as I'm using tretinoin at night? Or would you suggest a better moisturiser? I have one with argeline

Not bad but more SPF: Hello,
olay total effects day time spf 15 is better than not using any sun screen but spf 15 is a little weak protection. If possible, consider adding more sunscreen after using olay moisturizer more than spg 30 or higher. Tretinoin can make your skin a little more photosensitive, so high spf sunscreen is recommended. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does hemp seed oil clog pores and is it ok to use as a moisturiser after tretinoin?

Sure can: Any oil or grease can clog up pores. There are plenty of good moisturizing lotions available. Why waste your money on hemp oil. If you want to feel good buy the hemp and smoke it, don't rub it on your skin! ...Read more

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Do I have to tone after using asap aha cleanser then moisturise? I use the cleanser morning and night and apply 0.05% stieva-a cream (tretinoin)

If skin is very oily: Tretinoin can be fairly drying, so I would not recommend a toner unless your skin is very oily after cleansing. It usually works great to cleanse, then apply a small amount of hydrating lotiion. At night, mix a drop of the tretnoin with the lotion if you like. It is easier to spread thinly that way. If your skin is dry, definitely avoid an alcohol based toner. ...Read more

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Can I dilute retin-a micro? I have the pump bottle of. 1% but my face peels too much from it. Can I add it to moisturizer?

Not a good idea: The interaction of various mixed materials is unpredictable and may increase you side effects. Try reducing the time duration of your Retin-A application in hours until the problem subsides. The longer it is on, the more likely for some to peal. If 1 hour is not tolerated you may need to drop to a weaker dilution. ...Read more

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Does moisturizing slow down the tretinoin process?

Not at all: Moisturizer will not diminish the effects of tretinoin. In fact, it will prevent the dryness that many people experience with tretinoin treatment. I hope this information is helpful.

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