王可森 (Kesen)

Canadian Born, Asia-Raised. Currently living in Taiwan. Interests include basically anything tech/web, music (Listen to my album on the left Menu!) Asian Politics and Policy, and Asian Boys lolol.

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Tretinoin for Men

When you start to near that big 30, let me tell you as a gay man it’s always on my mind. My skincare game upped significantly from my early twenties, and I started to become super interested in actual research-backed skin care, mainly because a friend of mine introduced me to Paula’s Choice. Since that time I’ve combed endless Skincare Reddit’s and resources and have been regularly reading Dermatology textbooks. That doesn’t make me an expert, obviously. But in my quest for good skin I’ve definitely learned some pointers and how to better my skin. It’s been a long journey but I just passed the 7-month mark of nightly Tretinoin applications.There’s a lot of beneficial skincare ingredients, but none as backed my years of research as Retin-A (Tretinoin). It’s without a moment of hesitation that I can totally pin my “glowing skin” (Yes people say that) on this ingredient in particular. So let me begin just by giving my reasoning for making this about men. I am a man, a gay man, but a biological male lol. What’s different between men and women in Tretinoin use? Facial HairThis doesn’t seem like it would be a big factor when it comes to Tretinoin use, but it is. Especially when incorporating actives such as retinoids into your routine, including Tretinoin but also things like AHA/BHA, Vitamin C, etc. Not to mention Microneedling.I feel like I don’t have a lot of facial hair, mainly because I shave every couple days. Since starting Tretinoin there is no way I can shave daily. If I do so, I end up with highly agitated skin, and a  care ingredients that much more irritating when combined with Retinoids. There’s plenty of things to factor in when adjusting a routine for Retinoid use, but I feel like those who shave are incorporating a step that has the potential to make other actives or other skin care ingredients that much more irritating when combined with Retinoids.