Tretinoin (or retinoic acid) is a powerful skin treatment that boosts collagen production and speeds up cell turnover. This reduces fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and enlarged pores. It’s also an effective acne treatment as it unclogs pores and reduces inflammation. It’s not for everyone however, and it requires a prescription so should only be used by a dermatologist or aesthetic doctor after a consultation to ensure that it’s suitable for your skin type, concerns and lifestyle.
If you have an underlying skin condition like rosacea it needs to be controlled first before introducing tretinoin cream as it can exacerbate the symptoms. It’s also important to make sure that your skin is thoroughly dry before applying this treatment as it can irritate it. It’s best to use a moisturizer as well while using this cream.
Be aware that it can take up to 12 weeks before you see the full benefits of this treatment. You may notice some breakouts during this time too as the increase in cell turnover can cause what’s called ‘purging’ where you will have extra blackheads and whiteheads that appear on the surface of your skin. It’s a good idea to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen during this time too, as the effects of the treatment can be exaggerated by sunlight.
It’s important to tell your healthcare provider about all the medications and natural products you’re using, as there may be interactions with tretinoin topical. This includes vitamins, herbs and over-the-counter medicines. Also be sure to let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. tretinoin cream