Retinol + a Ton of Treatments
It may be the gold standard, but retinol is one ingredient you have to be mindful of when pairing. “One example of an ingredient you should be aware of is retinol and/or Retin-A [tretinoin],” Dr. Schlessinger says. “If you’re planning a cosmetic treatment, we usually recommend that you stop using retinol for a few days. Retinol encourages cell turnover and this can make skin too sensitive for things like laser treatments, waxing and facials. The same goes for prescription tretinoin, as well.” Greenwich, CT, dermatologist Kim Nichols, MD, says she advises any of her patients getting a chemical peel or a laser to stop using retinol a few days prior to the treatment.