Breck Breck
2 years ago

How to use

How to use safely

The Ordinary - Retinol 1% in Squalane
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There are a few simple rules that can help using retinoid products safely (as in without causing too much irritation and damaging the skin barrier):

1. Start slow: it's best to start applying the retinoid product at night, twice per week or every other day (if your skin is not usually sensitive). If there is no adverse reaction & your skin isn't too dry, after 2-4 weeks you can slowly increase the frequency up to once per day.

2. Use a sunscreen daily.

3. Minimize the irritancy risk with the rest of your routine: for example, switch to gentle cleansing once per day (at night) instead of morning & night, go for fragrance free products, do not use peels (e.g. glycolic acid) often - or maybe stop them completely.

4. Use a good gentle fragrance-free moisturizer. If your skin is sensitive, you can apply the moisturuzer before the retinoid product. The retinoid will still be effective, but you are less likely to get a reaction.

5. Pause retinoid if you notice redness, strong dryness, flaking etc. It is not helpful to persist through inflammation caused by irritation - it causes more harm than good to the skin.

A bit more info on using retinoids for sensitive skin here: