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I'm currently using topical tretinoin every night, and I'm also in need of using a moisturiser, otherwise my skin gets dry and irritated..

So the question is, to get the best effect from the tretinoin, should i apply the moisturiser before, after or not at all (during the night after I've applied it)?

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I'm currently using topical tretinoin every night, and I'm also in need of using a moisturiser, otherwise my skin gets dry and irritated..

So the question is, to get the best effect from the tretinoin, should i apply the moisturiser before, after or not at all (during the night after I've applied it)?

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When I picked up my Tazorac gel, the directions said to moisturize before and wait 30 mins before applying Taz. Derms say the same thing.

I have been doing this and it is working for me :dance:

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I apply tretinoin cream almost immediately after washing the face

Then I apply moisturizer almost immediately after the medication

I have been doing this for over a month

No irratation so far

When I picked up my Tazorac gel, the directions said to moisturize before and wait 30 mins before applying Taz. Derms say the same thing.

I have been doing this and it is working for me :dance:

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Yep. Everyone is different.

I have quite greasy skin overall. By 3pm I am looking quite shiny!

I stopped using moisturiser and got better results.

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Yep. Everyone is different.

I have quite greasy skin overall. By 3pm I am looking quite shiny!

I stopped using moisturiser and got better results.

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I use a low fat, non-comedogenic moisturizer from the drug store... It doesn't moisturize that good, but it doesn't clog your pores, so I apply it often...

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I think the only problem with moisturizing first, even if you wait a good amount of time before applying the drug, is you run the risk of creating a barrier and having less of the retinoid be absorbed in your skin. Seems like some derms say moisturize before, some say after. I personally do it after. I'd rather my skin absorb less of the moisturizer due to a barrier from the retinoid, than vice versa.

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I apply tretinoin cream almost immediately after washing the face

Then I apply moisturizer almost immediately after the medication

I have been doing this for over a month

No irratation so far

When I picked up my Tazorac gel, the directions said to moisturize before and wait 30 mins before applying Taz. Derms say the same thing.

I have been doing this and it is working for me :dance:

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I think the only problem with moisturizing first, even if you wait a good amount of time before applying the drug, is you run the risk of creating a barrier and having less of the retinoid be absorbed in your skin. Seems like some derms say moisturize before, some say after. I personally do it after. I'd rather my skin absorb less of the moisturizer due to a barrier from the retinoid, than vice versa.

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