Alternating tretinoin cream (Retin A, Renova, retinol etc) with a glycolic cream at night?
This is more for those interested in advanced skincare which you clearly are – glad you asked! I actually don’t do this all the time. For me, the very hydrating, emollient 20% hydroxy (glycolic in this case) in the Vivite Night Renewal acts to exfoliate on alternate nights and I think I get better penetration of the Renova as a result. But 3 points to consider:
- The higher strength glycolic is irritating for some including me (sometimes) in combination with Renova – so watch carefully. If after a week or two of doing this, your skin seems dull – back off and only use the glycolic once or twice a week.
- In any high sun situation, you don’t want to thin the outer, dead layer (the stratum corneum) too much, so stop the glycolic and the Renova about 1 week before a sunny vacation, for example.
- I spend a LOT of time outdoors (swimming, biking, running etc.) in the summer here but not much in the winter ( the rain again…) sooooo, I stop the Vivite Night Renewal in the summer – using it maybe once a week. I increase my Phloretin CF (antioxidant) and use double or triple sunscreening depending on what I’m doing.
- In the summer, I stop the Renova and instead use the slightly weaker SkinMedica Retinol .25% for the summer 2-3 times a week.
Hope this makes sense and helps! Dr. I