In this article, we’re rounding up the very best moisturizers to use with tretinoin cream.
Tretinoin can be very drying so proper moisturizing is absolutely essential. If you’re thinking about hopping on the tretinoin train (or are already on board) you need a moisturization game plan.
Tretinoin is a great treatment for mild to severe acne, aging skin, hyperpigmentation, and acne scarring. With time, this powerful retinoid resurfaces the skin to reveal newer, healthier-looking skin. It boosts collagen production and increases skin cell turnover rate.
But this process, at least initially, can be rather taxing on the skin. Prescription retinoids are a fan favorite in the skincare world, but the initial side effects cannot be ignored.
One way to avoid peeling and irritated skin while using tretinoin is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. While using tretinoin (and beyond) if you focus on boosting the health of your skin barrier function, your skin will thank you.
If your skin barrier is happy and strong, it’s less likely you’ll experience unwanted side effects. Harsh exfoliating treatments can compromise our skin barrier function if we don’t restore balance.
Using a moisturizer that closely mimics the skin’s natural moisture barrier is shown to be the most effective. So, when using tretinoin, using a gentle restorative moisturizer that is packed with ceramides, niacinamide and nourishing fatty acids is a must.
Learn more:How to apply tretinoin the right way
The La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Multi-Purpose Balm. This multi-purpose repairing cream was specifically created to soothe irritated dry skin. It’s a shea butter and glycerin-based balm, so it’s super-rich and healing-- great for night routines.
Tretinoin users have reviewed this product and named it the “holy grail of moisturizers.” It’s helped countless people get through tretinoin irritation. It’s non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, suitable for sensitive skin, and even suitable for babies.
Old faithful, CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is a budget-friendly moisturizer that delivers. Don’t let the affordability fool you. This hydrating moisturizer is perfectly balanced and great for all skin types.
CeraVe prides itself on creating products that restore skin barrier function. This why their products are rich in hyaluronic acid and essential ceramides. This product is great for sensitive skin, it’s non-comedogenic and suitable for AM and PM use.
Super dry skin? We think this Ultra Facial Cream by Kiehl's can help. This is a thick hydrating cream but is surprisingly lightweight on the skin. It almost immediately absorbs into the skin and provides mega moisture.
It was designed with skin barrier-loving olive-derived Squalane and Glacial Glycoprotein. Since it’s so lightweight, the cream can be used in the morning and night to restore moisture balance.
Want the crème de la crème of hydrating sun protection? Look no further than EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40.
Sun protection is essential when using tretinoin. So, a morning SPF moisturizer is a must. This is a high protection mineral sunscreen that is lightweight, non-greasy, and full of hydrating hyaluronic acid. So many mineral sunscreens cause the dreaded white cast or make you look like a giant grease ball. But not this one. It’s slightly mattifying yet moisturizing -- not sure what kind of SPF sorcery this is, but we’re all for it.
Hyaluronic acid helps to retain water and pushes it into your skin cells, hydrating your skin and causing a plumping effect. A moisturizing gel that is packed with hyaluronic acid is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. This is hydrating and cooling on the skin. If you have dry and sensitive skin, this gel might be just what you need.
If our doctors find our tretinoin-containing products are a good fit for you, we’ll ship your prescription to your doorstep with free shipping.