The woes of Tretinoin

So, you are on Tretinoin and your face is a mess.  Redness and peeling around the mouth, fine lines around the eyes, a new breakout, and cracking make up are par for the course during the first 12 weeks.  What’s a social butterfly to do?  Follow these tips to get through the “transformation” phase-

1.  If your skin is the least bit wet when you slather on your “tret”, it will increase absorption and be far more irritating.  Wash your face, dry well, and then wait a good 10 minutes to apply.

2.  Make sure to measure your tret and use Obagi’s blender with it.  If you use more than recommended, you will be wretched with cracked skin.

3.  You maybe excited to see results, but for your sanity do not apply more frequently than every 72 hours for the first 2 weeks.  Increase frequency every 2 weeks until you can tolerate every night.  Some people, like yours truly, will not ever be able to tolerate this heavy weight anti ager every night.  Don’t rush it!

4.  Take advantage of Obagi’s Tolereen or an over the counter hydrocortizone cream if you become very irritated.  Don’t use it for more than a day or two because frequent use of hydorcortizone will thin your skin and actually increase the potential for irritation.

Dealing with the mid-day wily cracking makeup shenanigans

~ Gently massage your face in the shower to remove some of the dead skin (very gently!- I normally never recommend manual exfoliation with tret, but you are going to do it any ways, so you might as well know how to do it safely:) 

~ Dry your skin and apply your AM obagi system or whatever skin care line you are using ending with a great sunscreen.

~  Apply your make-up.  I recommend a nice mineral make-up like Glo-minerals or Jane Iredell for their amazing ability to conceal redness.  Use a light hand to avoid the dry cakey look. 

~  You may notice some peeling or cracking around the mouth/nose in about 4-5 hours.  Go to the powder room and apply the Obagi moisturizing cream Action and touch up your mineral makeup. 

I hope these tips help with the aggravation of starting tretinoin.  The results and benefits make it so worth it.  Everyone over the age of 25 should have this in their prevention routine.

Disclaimer:  These are tips that I have discovered to work for me and my clients over the past couple of years.  Please consult your doctor or nurse.  There are different methods and beliefs regarding the protocol and efficacy of using tretinoin with other skin care lines.

Burning questions, comments, or desires? The floor is all yours:)

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