We always talk about how "retinol is the gold standard" in skincare and, to be clear, it is a great ingredient. However, it's not without its downsides. Especially when you're dealing with tretinoin (that is, a prescription strength retinoid), which is some hearty stuff.
For many, there is an initial purge period, where your skin looks a lot worse before it gets better. Good news is that it's usually temporary and there are a few simple tricks you can employ in your routine to make the experience less unpleasant.