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chrislyn

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Can you use retinol if you have sensitive skin?

Those with sensitive or easily irritated skin should approach retinol use with caution,” Panzica says. First-time retinol users have reported irritation, including redness, dryness, and peeling.
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BlueNWhite

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Sure, you can! I attest to it!! I apply this gentle retinol serum using sandwich πŸ₯ͺ method (moisturizer>retinol>moisturizer) I use it twice weekly. I have not experienced any irritation or purging, thankfully ☺️
Resurfacing Retinol Face Serum

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Resurfacing Retinol Face Serum

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skincarenewbie

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i only have this moisturizer.. can I use this while using cerave retinol?
Aloe Soothing Gel Fresh Type

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Aloe Soothing Gel Fresh Type

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dewydweeb

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my skin can be really sensitive but i know there are ultra gentle retinols out there. you should start slow and patch test no matter what people recommend you do bc you don't want your whole face to be red, which has happened to me before.
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MikieCat

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if Retinol is too much, there is a plant based alternative called Bakuchiol. it is said to be a bit milder and may help with some symptoms because it is natural. Now natural doesn't mean not powerful or not as good, it just means that it is plant created. I also use the sandwiching method described by BlueNWhite above. I use a Moisturizer, then the Retinol, then the Moisturizer again. The best one I found was The Inkey List Daily Moisturizer and their Retinol Formula as well just 2-3 times a week. hope it helps.
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