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Cleanser and moisturizer to use with retinol?

My dermatologist changed my retinol prescription from Differin (synthetic retinoid) to a low dose retinoid. Even though my skin had adjusted to the Differin it is now reacting to the retinoid. My skin is now dehydrated, irritated and dry/flaky. I'm currently using First Aid Beauty cleanser and Bare Escentuals moisturizer for combination skin. After washing my skin feels tight and irritated and since I have to wait 20 minutes to apply the retinoid it feels even more dehydrated. Am I using the right products with the retinoid or should I try something else until my skin adjusts?

Vanicream is another brand that you can go for.  The key...

Vanicream is another brand that you can go for.  The key is get samples from your derm and see what might work best.

I have been on Retin-A Micro for two months and my doctor...

I have been on Retin-A Micro for two months and my doctor suggested an oil free, medication free, and fragrance free cleanser and moisturizer with SPF.  I chose Purpose by Johnson and Johnson for both and I am happy with them both.  I use a warm wash cloth to gentle exfoliate the area where I use the Retin-A then a little extra moisturizer on the dry patches.  Make sure you are not using too much of the retinol, a thin dab really does do the trick!

La Roche Posay Effaclar H is designed to be used with ski...

La Roche Posay Effaclar H is designed to be used with skin that has been made fragile with use of acne and/or other drying products. I am unsure if you can get it in the US but it's approximately $30 here in Canada. Also, be sure your cleanser is gentle and does not contain alcohol, likewise with a toner, if you use one. After increasing the intensity of my acne care regime I also started taking an Evening Primrose Oil supplement and that has helped tremendously with my flaking skin. Finally, ensure you are not combining AHAs such as glycolic, salicyclic, or lactic acids with the use of your retinoid. And wear SPF 30+ during the day : )

Since you're on a prescription treatment, I would recomme...

Since you're on a prescription treatment, I would recommend you either ask your doctor or a pharmacist. They can recommend something based on your treatment and how you are reacting to your medication. Next time you stop by Target, Walmart, Walgreens, etc, etc, stop by the pharmacy and ask. You don't have to be a patient of theirs to talk to the pharmacist, and they will see what can be done. I work in a pharmacy and we get lots of questions like this, although I am not qualified to answer a question like this, the medical professionals there will be able to.

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