When you are first starting out, only use your retinol or retinoid every third night.
Once your skin builds up a tolerance, try applying every other night (or every night if your skin can handle it) for best results.
Sunlight deactivates retinoic acid, so only apply before going to bed.
Do you have to use retinol every night?
Because using a retinol at night is best, Shani recommends that you “Start with one night a week and build up slowly, tacking on an additional night each subsequent week. It’s important to build up to whatever works best for your skin. Some are able to use it every single night.
How many times a week should I use retinol?
Start off with once or twice a week to see if your skin reacts and gradually work up to every other day or three times a week. Another key tip for using retinol is to apply it at night and not during the day. (Retinol can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.)
Can you use retinol every day?
FACT: Retinol can be used every day.
“Because retinol is a powerful antioxidant,” says Dr. Emer, “it is important to use it every day.” To encourage everyday use, he recommends starting with a lighter dose of around 0.05 percent and working your way up as your skin becomes adjusted.
How long does it take to see results from retinol?
“Many over-the-counter formulas claim you’ll see results within weeks,” says Fisher. “But in my experience, it takes an average of 12 weeks for retinoic acid to produce noticeable changes in the skin. So stick with it for at least that long to see the benefits.”