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Why is it that retin-a dries your skin so much and make it irritated?
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Because...
...That's what it does.
Retin-a is drying and irritating by its very nature. That's why we usually advise people to apply it at bedtime - so that most of the dryness and irritation occurs while you are asleep. Over time (days to weeks), your skin becomes accustomed to retin-a; the dryness and irritation decreases substantially, and often goes away entirely; so keep it up.

In brief: Because...
...That's what it does.
Retin-a is drying and irritating by its very nature. That's why we usually advise people to apply it at bedtime - so that most of the dryness and irritation occurs while you are asleep. Over time (days to weeks), your skin becomes accustomed to retin-a; the dryness and irritation decreases substantially, and often goes away entirely; so keep it up.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Tips for retin-A
Here are some tips to reduce Retin-A irritation.
1. Only use once a day - usually at night. 2. Make sure your skin is really dry before you put it on. 3. Try the micronized version - less irritation. 4. Start with the lowest dose (0.01%) and only use a small amount. Use the whole tube gradually, before going up in strength. 5. If Retin-A is too drying, consider renova (tretinoin).

In brief: Tips for retin-A
Here are some tips to reduce Retin-A irritation.
1. Only use once a day - usually at night. 2. Make sure your skin is really dry before you put it on. 3. Try the micronized version - less irritation. 4. Start with the lowest dose (0.01%) and only use a small amount. Use the whole tube gradually, before going up in strength. 5. If Retin-A is too drying, consider renova (tretinoin).
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