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Retin-A is an amazing anti-aging skincare to use. Make sure to use it only if not pregnant or breastfeeding.
Since it is prescription based, find a reliable doctor who can explain to you clearly how it works and how best to use it. Dr Ethan has given some very good general advice.
Also, make sure to use retin-A before any thick moisturisers, since it is not useful to use with a protective layer of moisturiser on the skin. I like to apply it in a gentle layer over the whole face and leave it for 10 minutes before applying my moisturiser.
Hope this helps!
Hi T, Retin-A is a prescription drug in Singapore, and it’s suitability depends on your skin type. Wrong usage can result in skin irritation and damage, so you should visit a doctor before using the product.
Assuming that you have, and a doctor prescribed it to you for this purpose, here are some general guidelines for using Retin-A for anti-aging:
- Follow your doctor’s instructions. According to your skin-type, he will advise on frequency and dosage.
- As a general rule, you should use the lowest dosage, and build up. The most common strengths used in Singapore are 0.025%, 0.05%, 0.1% (strongest).
- Same for frequency, you can try 2x/week initially, then 3 times, then alternate days.
- Use only a pea-sized amount for your whole face.
- Avoid eyelids, corners of your mouth and lips. Skin’s thin there.
- Use only at night, as it causes photosensitivity. Also, light reduces its effectiveness.
- Wait at least 15 minutes after washing your face, before applying.
- Remember to use sunscreen during the day.