Tretinoin is an exfoliant that speeds up cell turnover to reveal shiny new skin cells. It’s also used to treat acne, discoloration and wrinkles.
It can irritate your skin and it’s unsafe to use during pregnancy. It can also interact with some other drugs and foods. Tell your doctor about all the medicines, herbs and dietary supplements you take.
Tretinoin is a mainstay in acne treatment as it helps unclog pores, reduce oil production and reduce the inflammation that causes acne breakouts. It is also a powerful exfoliating agent that promotes cellular turnover. This helps smooth and even the skin tone, reducing redness caused by active acne, dark spots, and other skin discolorations (melasma, sun spots).
Tretinin works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by resurfacing the skin and stimulating collagen production. It can lighten hyperpigmentation and sun spots by fading the dark patches, and it can prevent future outbreaks of active acne by exfoliating the dead skin cells.
We offer both a cream and gel version of tretinoin, depending on your skin type and preference. To use tretinoin, wash your face with mild, non-medicated soap 2 to 3 times per day and pat it dry with a soft towel. Avoid using scrubs, harsh cleansers or moisturizers with alcohol, menthol, spices and perfumes as these can irritate the skin.
TretinoinYouth treats sun damage by helping the skin cells replace lost collagen, improve the texture of the skin, even out skin tone and increase skin tightness. It also decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun exposure and aging.
The retinol treatment can also cause peeling and redness of the skin. These symptoms occur because tretinoin accelerates the breakdown of your skin barrier, leading to increased transepidermal water loss (TEWL).
It’s important to moisturize and use sunscreen with a broad spectrum SPF while on tretinoin. It can make you more sensitive to the sun, so it’s a good idea to wear a hat and stay out of direct sunlight when using tretinoin. Also avoid harsh soaps, shampoos, hair coloring chemicals and skin products that contain alcohol, spices, lime or resorcinol, which can irritate your skin. You should also use a gentle cleanser with a pH of about 6.
A powerful topical molecule commonly used to treat acne is also effective in the treatment of fine lines & dark spots caused by sun damage. Tretinoin (Retin A) belongs to a family of molecules called retinoids & when used correctly, it decreases oil production, increases skin cell turnover, stimulates collagen & elastin production & promotes the growth of new blood vessels.
It has been shown in multiple studies that tretinoin improves the appearance of photoaged skin by decreasing fine wrinkling, sallowness & pigmentation (Armstrong et al 1992; Ellis et al 1990). Long term use of low strength tretinoin results in a maintained improvement in photoaging of the face.
Tretinoin can be combined with other topical products to produce a more effective anti-aging cream. Niacinamide (aka blemish buster), which reduces discoloration, is an excellent complement to tretinoin, as is Vitamin C for its antioxidant benefits. For a deep hydration boost, try adding hyaluronic acid to your tretinoin routine.
Tretinoins are the only topical medications proven to reduce the signs of photoaging (sun damage) and prevent new sun damage. This is due to their ability to promote a cascade of events that restores the skin’s natural elasticity and appearance, such as reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, fading of actinic keratosis spots, even skin tone, and increased turnover of superficial skin cells.
Tretinoids are well known to influence a variety of cellular processes by binding to specific cellular and nucleic acid receptors (Astrom et al 1991). This mechanism is responsible for many of the clinical effects observed in photoaged skin, including a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, a decrease in pigmentation changes, and an increase in collagen formation.
It is important to moisturize properly, wear sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) and re-apply regularly while using tretinoin. This product also makes the skin more sensitive to sunlight, so you should avoid excessive sun exposure or use protective clothing and sunscreen if exposed.