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BY: LBL Team

The Complete Skincare Guide to Tretinoin Cream

Your guide to using tretinoin cream

Ever wished you could jump into a time machine and halt the march of time on your skin? While we haven’t cracked the code on time travel (yet), we’ve got the next best thing tucked up our sleeves – tretinoin cream. Dubbed the skincare aficionado’s elixir, tretinoin is not just another potion in the endless sea of beauty products. It’s your skin’s best ally in the battle against aging, acne, and the alphabet soup of skin concerns. Here’s everything you need to know about incorporating tretinoin cream into your skincare routine.

What’s tretinoin?

Tretinoin, a derivative of Vitamin A, is like the multitool in your skincare toolkit. It accelerates cell turnover, removes dead skin cells, and promotes the growth of new skin. It’s the ultimate skincare product for fighting acne, reducing fine lines, and fading dark spots. But, like all powerful tools, tretinoin comes with a manual — learn how to use it to achieve optimal results.

Application: The how-to guide

Think of tretinoin as that potent spice in your kitchen cabinet— a little goes a long way. Start with a pea-sized amount for your entire face, applying it on dry, cleansed skin. Why dry, you ask? Because applying tretinoin on damp skin can lead to irritation, and we’re in the business of beautification, not torture.

Frequency is key. Begin with a bi-weekly application, letting your skin acclimate to tretinoin cream. Gradually, as your skin becomes more accustomed to it, you can increase to nightly use. Remember, patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to skincare.

All about the art of layering

Now, let’s talk layering. Tretinoin cream can be used with other skincare products, but you should apply it first. Apply tretinoin cream to clean skin, then wait for it to dry before applying other skincare products. Moisturizer should be your next go-to after tretinoin cream because it helps to soothe and hydrate your skin. Follow up with a high-quality, broad-spectrum sunscreen in the morning. Yes, sunscreen is non-negotiable, as tretinoin can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Complementing aesthetic treatments

Tretinoin doesn’t just shine in the solo spotlight; it’s also the perfect complement to aesthetic dermatological treatments. Think of it as the skincare equivalent of a fine wine paired with gourmet cheese – they enhance each other beautifully.

  • Clear + BrilliantThis gentle laser treatment is a fan favorite for its minimal downtime and ability to give the skin a radiant, youthful glow. When paired with tretinoin, it’s like giving your skin an extra boost, enhancing the rejuvenation process and helping maintain those glowy results for longer.
  • Hydrafacials: Hydrafacials are all about deep cleaning and hydrating your skin. When used in conjunction with tretinoin, it’s like setting the stage for a flawless performance, allowing deeper penetration and efficacy of the treatment.
  • Potenza RF MicroneedlingFor those looking to tackle textural issues and sagging skin, Potenza RF Microneedling steps in as the hero. Tretinoin cream is the perfect sidekick, preparing the skin and speeding up the healing process, ensuring you get the most out of your treatments.

Why incorporate tretinoin into your skincare routine?

Bottom line: incorporating tretinoin into your regular skincare routine helps you maintain the benefits of any aesthetic treatments you choose to indulge in and ensures that your skin remains vibrant, clear, and smooth. Remember, great skincare is not about reversing time but about enhancing the skin you’re in, making every moment and every smile line count.

Want to learn more about tretinoin cream and other high-quality skincare products? Check out LaserAway Beauty, a skincare line developed by leading dermatologists.


1. “Retinoid or Retinol?,” American Academy of Dermatology Association, n.d.

2. “What are The Benefits and Side Effects of Using Tretinoin?,” Healthline, February 1, 2023.

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