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What should I know about topical retinol before using it?

Before using topical retinol, you should be aware of the following safety guidelines:

  • Do not use this product if you are allergic to retinol or any other ingredients.
  • Do not use retinol creams (made from vitamin A) or vitamin A supplements if you are pregnant or nursing, as large quantities of vitamin A can cause birth defects.
  • Excess retinol or vitamin A can result in vitamin A toxicity.
  • If you are receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy, speak with your doctor before using a topical retinol or vitamin A supplement. (Retinol and vitamin A may interfere with cancer treatments.)
  • Do not use retinol if you are using a skincare product containing alpha hydroxy acid or another product containing retinol.
  • Retinol may cause skin flaking, especially when first used.
  • Retinol increases sun sensitivity. Be sure to use sunscreen while using this product.

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