What is Tretinoin?
Tretinoin is a medication used to treat acne and sun-damaged skin. It helps to improve the appearance of surface wrinkles, fine lines, and darks spots. Tretinoin is also known as retinoic acid. It’s the generic name for synthetic vitamin A.
Facts about Tretinoin
• a synthetic version of vitamin A
• stronger than Retinol
• not as well tolerated by sensitive skin
How Does Tretinoin work?
It may sound counterintuitive, but Tretinoin works by irritating the skin. Tretinoin is able to speed up the life cycle of skin cells. It makes them divide faster and die faster, so newer, healthier cells can take their place.
How to Use Tretinoin?
Before you apply tretinoin, make sure your face is clean. Remove all makeup and wash your face. Be gentle. Excessive washing and scrubbing can cause irritation. Once you’ve washed and dried your face, wait 20 to 30 minutes before applying tretinoin. Apply once a day, preferably before bed. Squeeze about half an inch or less of cream onto your fingertips. Gently apply to the specific areas on your skin where you need it to work. Keep in mind that using a larger amount of tretinoin or using it more often won’t make it work faster. In fact, it could cause skin irritation.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Remember, tretinoin is likely to irritate your skin a bit when you first start using it. In the first few weeks of treatment, it’s normal to have mild to moderate redness, dryness, peeling, and itchiness.
These side effects should lessen as your skin adjusts to the medication.
Stop using tretinoin and talk to your doctor if irritation doesn’t improve within a few weeks, or if you develop:• persistent or worsening irritation
• blistering, crusting
• excessive redness
• temporary change in skin pigmentation