Aging gracefully is the goal of many women. While good genes help, there are some simple, low cost and very effective creams to maintain a youthful appearance. This post will give you a step by step guide on how to use Retin-A and Hydroquinone together for great skin.
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Retin-A (generic is tretinoin)
Most beauty professionals recommend the of retinoids by women over 35 at least once a week. Prescription strength Retin-A increases cellular turnover, improves skin tone and pore size, and increases collagen production. It is highly effective for treating wrinkles, acne, and sun damaged skin too.
Some women are concerned that their skin will become red and flakey due to Retin-A. If used correctly these potential side effects will not be present and the results will be glowing skin. Additionally, if you are experiencing break outs or have a teenager in your house, Retin-A may be the miracle you have been seeking.
How to use Retin-A
The thing that is difficult for most people is that they start using Retin-A too rapidly. There is a process that will help you ease into it so you can avoid peeling and redness. Always use at night.
- First 2 weeks – Apply Retin-A every 3rd day before bed.
- Weeks 3 & 4 – Apply every other day.
- Week 5 and beyond – daily usage.
- Make sure you are always wearing sunscreen and avoid direct sun exposure because the Retin-A will make your skin more sensitive. Tula makes a great broad spectrum sunscreen that can be worn with to without makeup. EltaMD is a broad spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen that’s great for sensitive skin.
Hydroquinone Cream is a bleaching cream that is used to lighten uneven skin tone and brown spots. You can use Hydroquinone and Retin-A together to brighten your skin. The 2 creams can be used together for 3 months at a time, then you need to take a break.
Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C Serum rounds out the trifecta of making your skin look amazing. Use every morning under moisturizer and/or foundation. It is a wonderful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and stimulates collagen production.
Retin-A and Hydroquinone Application
- At night, wash your face. Once it is completely dry, apply Retin-A. Keep it away from your eyes, nostrils and mouth.
- Then apply Hydroquinone cream on top.
- Apply moisturizer.
- In the morning on clean skin, apply Vitamin C serum.
- Apply a broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen on top
Get maximum results by using all of these products on the neck, chest, the backs of the hands and the face. The use of these creams can dramatically transform skin quality in as little as a month. The low cost and no downtime makes good skin care one of the best investments you can make.
How to Buy Retin-A and Hydroquinone
Since these are prescription products, your first and best option is to contact your doctor. If you are not currently seeing a dermatologist, there are very convenient options to work with online doctors at a service like ForHers.com or Apostrophe.
For those in Los Angeles, Creative Aesthetics is a full-service medical aesthetics practice that offers injectables, medical chemical peels, microneedling, ultherapy and skin care.
Using Retin-A is one of the things that that will give you most bang for your buck. Since we are not medical professionals, work with your physician to design a plan that is best for you.
MonikaNovember 11, 2022 at 4:35 pm
Due to hyperpigmentation can I use daily retinal and hydroquinone daily.
JeniferNovember 11, 2022 at 8:46 pm
If you are not using retinol and hydroquinone currently, it’s important to start slowly to let you skin adjust before daily use. It is also important to take a break from hydroquinone after 3 months. Most of all, it’s very important to have a dermatologist evaluate your skin specifically and make sure that it is the right choice for your situation. Hope it goes well for you.
Kara FoxSeptember 12, 2021 at 2:45 pm
always…useful and interesting information!
AlyAugust 25, 2020 at 1:47 pm
Do you apply the retina and hydroquinone all over your face or just the dark spots?
JeniferAugust 25, 2020 at 4:35 pm
I put it on my entire face.
AlyAugust 26, 2020 at 2:27 am
Thank you! My instructions on the rx are not clear.
JeniferAugust 26, 2020 at 3:23 am
Absolutely. Just make sure you don’t use it for more than 3 months in a row.
ShelliJune 6, 2022 at 9:50 pm
So if using Hydroquinone for 3 months how long should I stop for before starting again?
JeniferJune 7, 2022 at 5:21 am
Hi Shelli. I don’t want to avoid answering your question but I really recommend that you talk to a dermatologist or esthetician for a qualified opinion about your skin and specific situation.
PamMarch 19, 2021 at 9:34 am
Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts.! 😊 I was suffering from acne due to my sensitive skin and severe summer heat. I tried my teenage time acne cream in my late twenties but i felt it was too mild to work on my much matured skin like now. Then one of my friend, was a satisfied user of Retin A, suggested me to use Retin A 0.05%. First 2 weeks my acne breakout little more than the usual. but after that, acne seemed to be decreased. Now I am cured and my skin is glowing. And I am quite satisfied with this 😊.
SummerApril 19, 2020 at 4:56 am
What if your using the hydroquinone 2x a day along with retin a and vitamin c serum?
I know what to do it the pm but in the am would I put the serum on first or the hydroquinone?
JeniferApril 19, 2020 at 3:46 pm
I have always put the serum first but you should ask your dermatologist. I’m not a doctor and I wouldn’t want to give you the wrong advice. Be careful about how long you use hydroquinone – not more than a few months at a time. Also, make sure you are using sunscreen and a hat. The retin A will make your skin extra sun sensitive, even on a cloudy day.
Jessica BrownNovember 22, 2019 at 7:06 pm
Can you recommend a good Vitamin C serum?
JeniferNovember 22, 2019 at 7:49 pm
I like Perricone MD
I included a link to Sephora for you. It’s a little expensive but you use a pea sized amount and it lasts forever.
Ree kritikaMarch 23, 2020 at 5:01 pm
Use tretinoin n hydroquinone mix together put in hyperpigmentation after i left to use hydroquinone only use tretinoin. Is hyperpigmentation gone?
JeniferMarch 24, 2020 at 6:17 pm
If you are asking if this works for hyperpigmentation, I have a friend that did this and it was the only thing that worked for her to get rid of hyperpigmentation. I would guess like most things, it works for some people and not for others. Make sure you don’t use hydroquinone longer than you are allowed to. Also, since I am not a doctor, you should talk to your dermatologist about your specific condition to see what they recommend.
KimOctober 1, 2017 at 10:46 pm
Nice job! Beautiful design. Wishing you much success.
Ashley W LewisSeptember 27, 2017 at 7:09 pm
Very interesting info – like the lay-out!