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.
Tretinoin. If the skin is becoming dry or irritated from tretinoin , one can apply a moisturizer first followed by the tretinoin. Otherwise , tretinoin would be better absorbed into the skin if applied before a moisturizer .
After. Wash face with a gentle moisturizing facial cleanser. Then pat dry (don't rub). Apply tretinoin, gently massaging into skin. Wait about 1 minute then apply moisturizer (if it's your daytime moisturizer, make sure it has sunscreen contained within it.).

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

Too much good thing. Differin (adapalene) and tretinoin are both retinoids, they should not be combined- it's too much of a good thing. The moisturizer will be helpful after applying your retinoid. Good luck! retinoids are fda approved for acne and fine lines. Read more...
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...

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...
Probably. For most patients, generics have similar effects to the pricier drugs. You probably don't need to mix it with a moisturizer unless it is too strong or irritating. It's best to put it on first, allow it to dry and then apply moisturizer if you need it. Read more...

Can I apply tretinoin cream in pregnancy?

Maybe,maybe not. The absorption of topical tretinoin is minimal if at all & references list it as a category c , meaning relatively safe. However, you may want to limit it's use or find an alternative. Read more...
Acne and pregnancy. I would not. Check the pregnancy rating. I'm pretty sure it's not recommended. Sulfur ointment may becomsideredsafe in pregnancy but i would verify with a dermatologist. Read more...

My dermatologist prescribed me both sodium sulfacetamide lotion (2 times daily) & tretinoin cream (every other day) for acne. How do I apply both?

Like prescribed. Put the lotion on twice a day. Save the tretinoin for bed time. Wash your face, then apply a pea-sized amount to the trouble spots and rub it in. Both will dry your skin out. Read more...