Your skin may need time to adjust when you use prescription-strength retinoids like Tretinoin. You want to see results as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Too much product applied too quickly may cause your skin to become dry, flaky, itchy, or red. It is normal to experience some irritation at first. Your skin is adapting, and your Tretinoin is boosting collagen production and increasing cell turnover.
We’ll explain the benefits of Tretinoin for acne and anti-aging and how it works. You’ll also get tips on incorporating it into your daily skincare routine.
What is Tretinoin?
Tretinoin, also known as Retin A, is a prescription-only retinoid. It is used to reduce the signs of aging and treat acne. This includes unwanted texture changes, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Tretinoin is the best topical treatment for acne and anti-aging, but you will need time to see the results. It can take up to two months for acne treatments to show noticeable results. You can notice the anti-aging effect of this product anywhere between a few days and a year. These timelines are subject to change, so patience is essential!
Topical Tretinoin does not work overnight. Remember that every person’s skin is different and that what works for someone else may not work for you.
What is the difference between Retinol and Tretinoin?
Both retinol and tretinoin cream are topical retinoids, which are derivatives of vitamin A. Retinol can be purchased over the counter and is less potent than Tretinoin. It is gentler on the skin.
It is only available on prescription. It may take your skin longer to adjust because it is more potent than over-the-counter retinoids. If you’re already used to retinol, you can transition more easily to Tretinoin.
Some people stick to retinol over the counter. You should know your options and make an informed decision. We’ve got all the details you need to know about the differences between retinol and Tretinoin.
What is the effect of Tretinoin on the skin?
What happens under the skin surface when you use Tretinoin? The Tretinoin binds with the retinoic receptors. (Think of receptors like a lock; the Tretinoin is the key.) This allows Tretinoin to have several positive effects, including Increased cell turnover, reduced clogged pores, and shedding of dead cells, which are some of the positive impacts that Tretinoin can have. Recently, Tretinoin was combined with antibacterials such as benzoyl and clindamycin to create a topical treatment with antibacterial and comedolytic properties. These combination therapies have been proven to be effective in treating acne.
Reducing dead skin cells can also improve the appearance and feel of dry, rough skin. Tretinoin promotes collagen production, giving skin a smoother and more even texture.
Simply put, Tretinoin helps to prevent and treat blocked pores by working deep into the follicles and clearing dead skin cells. It also helps to improve hyperpigmentation, such as sunspots or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
How to incorporate Tretinoin in your skincare routine
Here are our eight top tips on incorporating Tretinoin into your skincare routine. Be patient, and you will see the results that you desire.
Use a mild cleanser to wash your face before applying Tretinoin or any other topical cream, gel, or lotion.
Start slowly and only use Tretinoin before going to bed at night. Start with a small dose, two to three times a week. Increase the dosage as tolerated.
As your skin becomes accustomed to Tretinoin, you can increase the dosage. You can use it more frequently as your skin becomes accustomed to the treatment. Increase the number of days that you use Tretinoin each week.
If you experience dryness or irritation after using Tretinoin, apply moisturizer before use.
Use a small amount to cover the face and neck with a thin, even layer. Remember that less is more when it comes to minimizing skin irritation.
Tretinoin can cause dry skin or peel. If you notice facial swelling or hives, stop using the medication and consult your dermatologist.
Layer tretinoin with your current skincare routine to achieve your skincare goals. Vitamin C serums are great for anti-aging, and hyaluronic acids have hydrating powers. Your Curology dermatology provider can also create a cream that contains Tretinoin and other active ingredients if you are a member.
Who should use Tretinoin?
Tretinoin reduces signs of aging, such as wrinkles and dark spots. It can treat acne. Consider Tretinoin if you want an acne treatment or a way to slow down time. Talk to your Curology dermatology or healthcare provider about its benefits and uses.
Try retinol first if you want to test out an over-the-counter product. Check the ingredients to ensure there are no pore-clogging (comedogenic) ingredients. If you have acne, you should look for adapalene in the form of Differin (Differin).
Curology and Tretinoin
Curology is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to obtain prescription skincare—our telehealth service pairs members with dermatology professionals. We can’t promise that they will prescribe Tretinoin, but your provider will make recommendations based on your skincare and skin goals.
Curology offers a personalized skincare regimen.
It’s easy to get started. Take a short quiz and take some selfies. We will review your skin concerns and determine if Tretinoin can help you achieve your goals. We’ll create a customized prescription for you if it’s the right choice. We will pair this with Curology’s moisturizer, cleanser, and any other products your dermatologist thinks would benefit your skin. We offer personalized service, from customized prescription formulas to expert advice. We want to hear from you if you have any questions!
What is Tretinoin?
Tretinoin, or Retin A, is a popular retinoid available only on prescription. It is used to reduce the signs of aging and treat acne. This includes unwanted texture changes, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Some medical providers prescribe Tretinoin or other retinoids for skin conditions such as skin cancer and Psoriasis.