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How should I use topical retinol?

Be sure to closely follow your doctor's instructions for use and dosage of topical retinol. Topical retinol is generally applied one to two times daily on clean dry skin. It is available for use in a variety of different forms, including creams, lotions, serums, and oils. While using topical retinol, you may at first experience dry, flaky skin known as the "retinoid effect." This should subside over time, but it is best to begin topical retinol treatment every other night and work up to every night. Topical retinol can cause sensitivity to the sunlight; try to limit your sun exposure or use sunscreen along with  topical retinol.

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