What should I avoid while using topical retinol?

While using topical retinol, you should avoid:

  • using more than one topical retinol/Vitamin A skin treatment at once, as too much retinol or vitamin A can result in vitamin A toxicity and serious side effects
  • overuse of the product, which can cause dry and flaky skin, known as the "retinoid effect" (Starting topical retinol treatment every other night versus every night can give your skin the chance to adjust to vitamin A and help reduce this problem.)
  • excessive sun exposure, as topical retinol can cause sun sensitivity (Be sure to use sunscreen while using topical retinol.)

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