Tretinoin is very powerful and nobody tells you how to use it properly from the get-go. I kept starting it and stopping it because the drying of my skin was horrible.
When I finally learned that I needed to wash my face at night with a mild cleanser, then wait at least 30 minutes before applying Tretinoin, and only applying the T every third day for two weeks, then every other day for two weeks, and then finally every night, that’s when it wasn’t unbearable.
I also discovered that it was a solution that would take at least a year for the best results. Nobody told me that when I was young. Had I known, I would have stuck with it and suffered for a year instead of multiple years as I was constantly going from one thing to the next.