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In fact, nearly all women, when deciding to use Retinoid in their skin care routine, are more concerned with the expected effects on the skin than others such as: usage, skin response signs whether those products are suitable to their skins.

As a result, we easily give up since the skin has undesirable problems (these are more likely to occur with retinol) and does not distinguish whether to continue using or discontinue, or continue using then how much dosage and frequency should be.

Let’s find out in detail the crucial principles according to the doctor’s professional instructions below:

First of all, the key issue when using Retinoids we should remember is the right skin condition.

For women, do not use: while breastfeeding and during pregnancy (group C during pregnancy).
Do not use:
For areas of eczema, sunburn, sun tanning, dry skin, sensitive skin, newly waxed skin, waxed skin, or hair removal.

In a nutshell, except for the above cases that are not used, women can use Retinoids to improve their desired skin problems, with one condition: properly used.

Exceed amount of Retinoid cream will make skin irritiated

The correct use of Retinoid is related to deciding the dose in the first stage, checking the skin condition and distinguishing whether the skin is responding well or not to the retinoid and the maintenance dose.

Women should pay attention and remember carefully the following information.

Use Retinoid for the first time on the skin and other signs that help distinguish between irritation and normal skin response.

  • For the first 2 weeks, use retinoid at night every 3 days.
  • After the first use, there are “normal” signs when the skin is new to retinoid, such as reddish skin, slight flaking, itchiness; This can be due to using an exceed amount of retinoid cream or not using moisturizer attached. On the other hand, It is still possible to continue to use retinoid in a smaller amount and moisturize the skin thoroughly.

A slight reddishness is  a common sign

  • After the first use, there are signs of “irritation”, such as small blisters, tiny, burning a lot. Wash your face with water and use a cold compress right after. Contact your doctor for advice on appropriate care and treatment.

Thus, signs such as reddishness, slight peeling, a little itching are common signs when the skin has just been exposed to retinoids, you need to review the amount of retinoid cream to adjust to use less or increase moisturizing. Just stay calm to adjust your skincare routine.

The amount of Retinoid is suitable for new skin

Only use a small amount of Retinoid cream and apply a thick layer

  • In the first time of using it, apply only one layer as thinly as possible for all skin conditions. Continue using the same small amount for the first 2 weeks. Use at night.
  • How to apply: use a cotton swab / tool to remove retinoid products from the jar, do not use your hands directly to get the cream to avoid bacterial contamination from your hands. After taking a product containing retinoids, you can be apply it to the skin then spread evenly over the face with your hands, or smooth over the palm of the hand and apply to the face.

Retinoid maintenance time and dose after new use

  • After the first 2 weeks, if there is no unpleasant skin irritation, use retinol every other day at night for the next 2 weeks with the same amount of cream.
  • After 4 weeks, if no unpleasant irritation is obtained, use daily for 3 months.
  • After 3 months of use, if you have not achieved the desired results, you can consult your doctor to change to a stronger retinoid.

Thus, when you first use retinoids, you should only use as little as possible and keep the same dose later, should not change more or less. Indeed, special attention should be paid to the concentration of retinoids in the product.

  • The safe concentration of retinoids in common cosmetics: 1% – 2.5% (retinol). Depending on the design formula, the cream, and the conductor of each product, each product will have different effects.
  • Retinoids concentration in cosmetics should be prescribed by a doctor: tretinoin 0.05

Beside the factors of usage, dosage, concentration, there are other considerations that often occur when using Retinoids that easily cause irritation or unwanted reactions. Normally, when we take care of the skin, we expect high efficiency leading to the replacements of the same product or active ingredient that makes the skin more sensitive.

The most important thing when using Retinoids is to get the right dose and moisturize.

Quan trọng nhất khi sử dụng Retinoid là sử dụng đúng liều và tăng cường dưỡng ẩm.

Mistakes when using Retinoids that women often made

  • When caring for the skin, we should always take care of the neck skin so as to achieve an even effect between the skin of the face and neck skin. Retinoids should only be used on the neck twice a week because the neck skin is more sensitive than the facial skin.

No peel skin or exfoliate excessively while using Retinoids

  • Concurrent use of care ingredients / products with similar uses. Do not use retinoids at the same time with skin care products containing glycolic acid or salicylic acid. If you wish to, you can apply these products first, and wait 30 minutes for applying retinoids.
  • Cleansers containing glycolic acid or salicylic acid can still be used right before retinoids products if the skin is not irritating.
  • Peel skin, exfoliate excessively. Do not peel or exfoliate the skin while taking retinoids unless advised by your doctor.
  • Hair removal when using retinoids or too close to using retinoids. Products with retinoids should be stopped at least 1 week before waxing.