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retin a+ exfoliation

Hi guys...

I just started looking around on this message board, and I have a question for all of y'all who have used retin A....

I just started the .05 cream at night one week ago, and I've been pretty dry and flaky. Is it okay to exfoliate on retin a, or is that just a recipe for disaster? I don't want to irritate my skin furthur, but the flakes are gross looking. Also, how long do I have to wait to put on moisturiser after i put on retin a?


Here is my regimine as of now.


eucerin sensitive gentle hydrating cleanser

clindamycin lotion

spf 30 eucerin extra protective moisturiser

prescriptives foundation (tons of it)


one multivitamin

eucerin cleanser

retin a

nivea multiple results night serum for eye area

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I've been using retin-a for about 3 1/2 mths now. I did peel quite a bit the first few weeks but I don't now. My skin may be just used to it now but I also use a fesh clean facecloth every night when I rinse off my cleanser, I don't rub hard, just wipe while face still wet. I think this helps keep flakiness away. I bought a weeks worth of facecloths form a cheap linen store and just throw it in the washing after every use. I guess you use retin-a at night? You could do that in the morning to avoid irritation til your skin's used to retin-a. I just wouln't do anything too harsh.

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You can exfoliate gently everyday or every second day, if the irritation is a bit too much than back off. I found eexfoliating temporarily increases redness, but doesn't effect the overall amount of irritation much at all. As far as moisturizing, I don't moisturize at night with the cream, I find the cream is moisturizing enough when I put it on, I just moisturize in the morning.

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