Your first few weeks of retinol can result in dry, peeling, reddened skin. If you don’t feel like watching your skin get worse before it gets better, there are preventative steps you can take to make the transition less harsh. For one, make sure your skin is moisturized. (That means getting on a serious hydration regimen the day before.) Start slow, applying retinol a couple of times a week instead of daily. See how your skin reacts, then increase usage. And remember: No one knows your skin better than you do. If the redness doesn’t go away or feels more like an allergic reaction than an adjustment, stop usage immediately and see your derm!