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Skincare: Retinoids

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The Importance of Daily

The Importance of Daily Retinoid Use in Your Nighttime Skincare Regimen

Katie Bertling, RN, LE discusses the importance of nightly retinoid use, featuring a discussion of the medical-grade retinoid products we carry at the medspa at Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Retinoids are a critical part of every at-home skincare routine, as they are designed to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and uneven tone and texture.

Call the medspa at Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery to book your complimentary skin evaluation and skincare regimen consultation today: (512) 815-0123.

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Every Derms’ Dirty Little Secret: The Skincare Product We Are Using Every Night

8 668 views | 20 Apr. 2020

What is your

What is your dermatologist’s dirty little secret?

Your dermatologists are likely on some form of retinoid as it is almost too good to be true. I have been on one for the last 8 years!

We know that it has many benefits including:

1. Acne treatment and prevention

2. Anti aging where it helps with wrinkles and age spots

3. Superficial acne scarring

As a pill, this vitamin-A derived ingredient is an excellent treatment for acne: isotretinoin (aka Accutane).

Use your retinoid (tretinoin, Retin-A, retinol, retinyl, tazarotene, alphaRet) at bedtime (sunlight will deactivate this vitamin A-derived medicated topical medication) and remember to stay patient and consistent to get results. Definitely consider incorporating this into your skincare regimen for acne and antiaging and know that you will not see antiaging effects overnight and know that this process is a marathon, not a sprint!!

Various myths covered in this video: Do retinoids thin out your skin? Do retinoids make you sensitive to the sun?

I primarily use SkinBetter Science AlphaRet. Please see your dermatologist for a prescription-strength retinoid like AlphaRet (we sell this in our office).

Retinol honorable mentions:

1. RoC https://amzn.to/3c1YXcD

2. Skinceuticals Retinol (higher price point but we use their medical grade chemical peels in my practice): https://amzn.to/3cd38SU

Retinyl palmotate to consider: Skintensive (affordable, also with bonus ingredients like arnica, Vitamin C and E): https://amzn.to/3fjeFSC


Do not use any retinoid if pregnant.

For recommendations on moisturizers and to learn about the various ingredients in your moisturizer, please watch my video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bjcI-oNyHo&t=15s

Binge watch other videos:

Acne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajhbWISlwXg&t=366s

Serums Vs Moisturizers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m-nu...

Sunscreen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=984kA...

The Moisturizers I Can't Live Without https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bjcI...

Shaving 101 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U08KU...

Pandemic Skin Care Emergencies! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c7sjrsKIus

Please also follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danielsugaimd/

This video is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment with your healthcare professional. This is for medical educational purposes only.

I am not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned in this video.

Photos in my video are of my patients. Consent was obtained by my patients to post in my videos. Do not share or distribute without my permission.

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Dr. Daniel Sugai, MD, FAAD

Maria Cabral

Doc, how about retinol and glycolic acid?


Im turning 25 soon, and Want to start taking retnoid .. but am very curious can it be used under the eye area ?or is there a different topical medication to use for aging and wrinkles under the eye area?thank you so much!

Michelle Gordon

How about retinoid cream for older hands, arms?

Julia R

thanks for making such an informative video! i’m working on fading my acne scarring and my own derm recommended a retinoid so i’m going to give one of your recs a try :)

leyla zhane

Really wish you had been my derm when I was a teen.?

Niomi Campbell's bad hairday channel

To get this into perspective this peeling and irritation won't be any worse than a sun burn?

Erin Kemperman

Is Alpharet or any other retinoid product safe to use while breastfeeding?

Lily Chen

Dr. Sugai, Love your channel and TikTok. Should a college student start using Retinoid? My daughter has flawless skin right now. Should she start using Retinoid?

Merrilin Schepman

What about people who have very sensitive skin and eyes? What are some alternatives? I want anti aging benefits but have both sensory skin and eyes.

Amy B

Ur vids are amazing remember me when you blow up

sonja spadotto

It would be nice to have subtitles ?

Lisa Sugai

Nguyen bought the cereve retinoid serum!

Christian Franz

Haha! Derm residents prescribing each other retinoids: life goals ?

melissa pintone

Love my retin A! Doctor what is your thoughts on dermarolling?

Mika M

Just started using retinol! Nice


Hello Dr Sugai! I recently watched some of your reels on IG and followed you onto YouTube. Thank you for making these informative videos. They've been very helpful. Could you make a video on the pros & cons of taking Accutane? Thank you!

Vesna Djordjic

Hello Dr. Sugai! I recently started using alpharet and haven’t had any irritation. Is it safe to use every night ? Also, is it better to use other products before or after the alpharet? I use a perricone vitamin C serum and eye cream . What’s the best order and anything I should add?
Thank you ! Your video was great . :)


Thanks for this video. It would be awesome if you mention which skin types should or shouldn’t use the items you mention ?

Roy Casas

I like to alternate with AHA's, is tretinoin still effective if used every other night instead of daily?

Lauren Walters

I am currently on tretinoin 0.05% mixed with niacinimide 2.5%. I started small at 0.018% in March of 2020. Now it’s been almost a year and I have seen so much change in my skin for the better. My skin always looked textured, bumpy, constant closed comedones all over the face. My skin is soft now. My acne is minimized. My pores are smaller. I’m so glad I started tretinoin when I did. I am 26 now but started at 25.


Great video, Dr Sugai! I am a long-time user of 1% Retinol creams for more than a year until I recently switched to Adapalene gel 0.1%.

What is your opinion about the anti aging effects of Adapalene? I know the studies are limited but do you think it's worth it? I have read double-blind, randomized controlled-trial split-face study of 0.3% Adapalene vs 0.05% Tretinoin in terms of repairing some photodamage and the conclusion of the study was there is no significant difference between the two but the subjects tolerated the adapalene side more.

~ Kind regards!

ayame Naka

Nice video Doc! Good to know your preferences and when and how to use them to maximize the best results! Looking forward to your next video!

Genesis Camargo

Question: Will the Skinbetter AlpaRet also help with acne? Is it as effective as Tret, I was prescribed Tret but it’s a little to drying and irritating. Wondering if I could switch and still get the acne benefits as well as anti aging.


I love tretinoin! Been using it for a year now (only wish I started in my 20’s) for anti-aging. It’s definitely helped w/ the fine lines around my eyes & overall smoothness of my face.

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Love love your channel and your Instagram I have been following your advice and my skin is looking soo good thank you thank you please never stop

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4 272 views | 13 Jul. 2018

I discuss Medical Grade

I discuss Medical Grade Retinol, Retinol or Retina A? Which one is best for you? *** OPEN*** to get links and more information on Retinol and Medical Grade Retinol.

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Nicola Bray

Great video Tara?? looking fabby? xx

Nicole Ernst Boris

Tretinoin - thankfully cheaper with my coupon so can do it. Love it.

Julie Day

Tara l thought Retina A was Retina A regardless of where you buy it al l wrong ?

Sherry Russell

Your skin looks awesome, so beautiful. Thanks for sharing

Ghøšt Bïrd

Hey❗️ Gurl.... you are looking more and more beautiful by the week??????❤️. YouTube ...... my mom told me not to use “ uncivilized words”, I’ll say instead, YouTube have some serious issues these days.

Tara Priddy

Thanks for the compliments on my makeup. The only thing I did different with my eyes is wear my bronzer as eyeshadow and no eyeliner. I wear this look a lot as my easy everyday go to look. I filmed it for IGTV but the first half is a bit blurry so I might have to do it again grrr! Those who have watched me for a while know about my struggle with my terrible camera abilities LOL.

Diane Curtis

I so appreciate the information you gave about Reliable Rx. I’ve ordered from them twice now and couldn’t be more pleased. Thanks Tara! ~❤️ Diane


Your skin looks so fantastic! Almost like it was photoshopped. I am going to check out the foundation you used. It looks amazing!

Lana Lane

You look beautiful! Your skin is amazing! Great info!

Ontrend50 Sandy Alderson

Your skin looks amazing!


Tara, I really appreciate the depth of research you share. Thank you! ?

Janna Lynn

AWESOME info, as always from YOU!!!! I am curious, your eyes look very different to me, can you tell me what you are doing different??? Not in a bad way AT ALL, less makeup?? No false lashes??? I cannot put my finger on it, LOL!!! Anyway, you look fantastic as always!!!!! I am still using my RetinA from India every other night with good results.

Constantijn van den Hout

My o my, you look so fresh and radiant in this video... your under eye area looks almost blurred or photoshopped, so flawless.I really like your fresh clean looks, especially no false lashes, no heavy eyeshadow, just a very open, flawless face, beyond beautiful.Only thing that "bothers" me in this whole perfect picture is the harsh highlight on the tip of your nose, why is that? It really is not necessary and it doesn''t become you, if I may say so. Your whole face looks so sofly radiant and then BLINGhhhh the tip of your nose springs me into my eye. So much, that one can't stop looking at it.  Curious whether this is just the light or are you well aware of this effect?

Julie Barnes

Oh yay! Great topic Settling in to watch I’m getting all your video updates!!!

Brigit B

You look very beautiful today ? I recently purchased the, GOW’s rosehip seed oil, it’s really good. I’m finding it works almost like a retin A, tightening my skin. I’m a person who has used Retin A since before it was used in the USA.

Monika's Beauty & Lifestyle

Thankfully I can still use the big guns.... my Retin-A that I still buy via India. You look beautiful Tara!

Alison Thomas

The depth of research you employ as well as the information you share are greatly appreciated. Bless you Bella.

Beauty By Bridget D

I was actually going to ask one of y all if we can do one night of Retin A and then continue on with our Retinol every other night? Wasn't sure if that's possible. I have not started my Retin A yet. I have been using the Cerave retinol cream every night for about a year and it's time for me to step up. I don't feel like it's tackling my deeper for head wrinkles any longer:(

PLEASE let me know your opinions!!. Thanks for sharing with us?

Laura Dean

You look so radiant and especially pretty in this video. Love your hair down. ❤?

Tina Boman

Love your video's!! You do a great job at describing skincare products, etc! I know you do your research and know what your talking about. You look absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us.

Joanne Vencer

Hi where can I find your recent giveaways?

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I recently ordered the .1% micro retin a from reliable Rx. One tube had a large air pocket inside , and after the first use the tube was 1/3 empty ! Also , after a week I don’t see nearly as much peeling which makes me think its not working as well. Does it react differently than the .01 % regular gel ??

Victoria Bewley

Thanks for the information about reliableRX.com. I did order from them. I was nervous about paying by echeck but it went great. Took about three weeks. I ordered several tubes of Retin A and the generic of Latisse, a brow and lash growth enhancer. I'm very happy with the products I received. You have a great channel and I love to watch your videos. Thank you!! I also ordered some hydroquinone.


I think that all skincare products should show the percentages of the active ingredients, no matter pattent or anything else. The pharmaceutical products do for active molecules.


You look so cute! Your skin and makeup look great. I was using OTC creams for pretty long. I started on ret a only last year. I am a believer of using retinol creams & in having good skin to begin with. I've learned a lot watching these and think you all do a great service for younger women. Skin care is important. Thank you Tara and all.

Gert Gerenser

Oops! Lol thank you for the great information ?

Jordan Martinez

who is the on person who thumbs down all your videos LOL!

Gert Gerenser

Wow! Your makeup looks flawless ?????‍♂️ thank you for

Julie Day

Hi Tara really great info love your vids much love Julis xx?

Ragdoll Libby

Can I use a retinol on the days I don't use Retin-A? I'm up to using Retin-A twice a week. I think I'll move that up to 3 times a week because I'm not having any issues using the Retin-A.

Kay Stary

Very informative and resourceful on all your retin a and derivatives videos!!!

Chrissy Moss

Wow! It's a minefield of information, thank you ??. Very interesting. You look fabulous. xxx

janet willits

TARA, Your skin looks GORGEOUS!!!!!!


Did you ever try the Obagi tretinoin from your doctor’s office?