Tretinoin is a powerful prescription skin product that should only be used under the supervision of a dermatologist. It can be difficult to use correctly, so it is important to start slowly & listen to your skin.
It works for both acne and wrinkles by causing skin cells to turn over faster & shed more frequently. It is also very effective at lightening hyperpigmentation & reducing dark marks.
Tretinoin is the gold standard in acne treatment & one of the most powerful skin care ingredients you can add to your routine. It helps fade dark spots from past breakouts & prevent new ones from developing, so you can have brighter-looking skin.
It unclogs pores by promoting shedding of the dead skin cells that clog them, helping you to avoid blemishes. It also reduces the severity of active blemishes by targeting the bacteria that cause them. It also minimizes scarring by kick-starting collagen production, so you can have smoother skin.
Tretinoin can be used alone or with other skin care products, but always use them sparingly because it is highly irritating if applied too often. Use a moisturizer first, then apply a thin layer of tretinoin cream or gel every night before bedtime. Be sure to avoid sensitive areas, like the mouth & nose. A pea-sized amount is usually sufficient for the entire face.
While tretinoin is effective at improving the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, it can’t fully eliminate them the way fillers or Botox would. It’s best used in the context of prevention, as a supplement to your skin care routine, with an emphasis on sun protection & healthy lifestyle choices.
Tretinoin promotes the shedding of old skin cells & encourages the growth of new ones, making your complexion smoother & more even-toned over time. It also shrinks oil glands & blocks the inflammatory pathways that lead to acne & hyperpigmentation.
To use tretinoin, gently dry your skin, then apply a pea-sized amount of the cream or gel to the areas that need treatment. Avoid applying it to cut, scraped or sunburnt skin. It may sting a little when first applied, but the sensation should subside after a few weeks. Follow the directions on your prescription label & don’t use it more often or at higher doses than prescribed by your doctor.
Skin Brightening Treatment
Vitamin A does a lot for your skin – it helps prevent breakouts, promote natural moisturising and lighten dark spots. You can get it in prescription creams like tretinoin or gel. Both forms perform the same function, but cream formulations might be better suited to dry or normal skin types.
Retinoids are a large family of compounds derived from vitamin A. Weaker retinoids like retinol need to be converted into tretinoic acid by the body to work, while tretinoin is already a tretinoic acid and works directly on your skin’s receptors. This is why over-the-counter retinoids can take longer to see results than a Tretinoin prescription.
Skin brightening treatments target unwanted pigmentation and uneven skin tone caused by aging and sun damage, known as hyperpigmentation. This can include freckles, melasma, age spots and other discolorations as well as darker scars from acne. A tretinoin treatment can help lighten these dark spots and even out your skin tone.
Skin Lightening Treatment
Many people use skin lightening creams to reduce dark spots & hyperpigmentation. However, many of these creams contain ingredients such as hydroquinone & corticosteroids which can be harmful to the skin. It is recommended that you seek out a GP or dermatologist who can prescribe a safe skin lightening cream.
Tretinoin works by speeding up cell turnover and removing dead cells, which can help to even out the complexion & lighten dark patches. Like retinol, it is also an effective acne treatment if applied correctly.
It can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and artificial light from sunlamps so it is recommended that you wear sunscreen when outdoors – ideally SPF 30 or higher – and avoid using tanning beds. It is also important to avoid exposing your skin to harsh soaps or other exfoliants as they can cause irritation. It is also advisable to use a moisturizer every day to prevent your skin from becoming too dry. Tretinoin 0.05% Cream