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Is it fine to use a moisturizer after applying Tretinoin on face?

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Published At July 25, 2019
Reviewed AtMay 31, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am 33-year-old male, healthy, and have no current or previous skin conditions. I am about to start utilizing Tretinoin 0.025 % to apply to my face to get a head start and keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay. There is a product that is a moisturizer that comes with Vitamin C and has glycolic acid, would that be fine to use after applying Tretinoin at nights.

Answered by Dr. Payal Chauhan


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Both Tretinoin and glycolic acid work by exfoliating the superficial layers of skin. When applied together, they have the potential to irritate the surface for the same reason. But obviously, it also matters glycolic acid is in what concentration 1 or 2 % should not increase irritation as Tretinoin you are using is of low concentration. But a higher concentration might irritate the skin. If you do not feel any anger or extreme stinging or burning sensation, it is an indication that you should not use them together. If no such problem with the usage you can continue. But be sure to use photoprotection while you are on Tretinoin or glycolic acid.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Payal Chauhan
Dr. Payal Chauhan


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