Retin-A (Tretinoin) | Advice & How To Use
Retin-A or Tretinoin as it’s typically called is a prescription only acne medication. It is a form of vitamin A that helps skin renew itself, in turn reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There are three strengths 0.1 percent, 0.05 percent, and 0.025 percent. Your dermatologist will determine the correct dosage for your skin. In my case, I’m using 0.1 which is the strongest dose. I started off using it once a week to a couple of times a week to now every other night. This helps build the skin’s adaptability to the product. This is to be used at night only. After cleansing wait at least 30 minutes before applying Retin-A or you will increase the risk of irritation. Skin has to be completely dry. Apply a pea sized amount on forehead, cheeks and chin, avoiding delicate areas around the nostrils and mouth. You can use it sparingly around the eye area. Once you start using Retin-A you will notice your skin start to peel excessively and become hypersensitive, this is part of the process and nothing to worry about. The trick is to keep on pushing through because the results are incredible. Always wear a high SPF during the day as the sun’s UV rays break down the vitamin A making it less active. It also makes skin extra sensitive to sun exposure and you could risk getting sunburned which completely defeats the purpose in the first place. On the nights when you are not using Retin-A make sure to really replenish skin with lots of nourishing oils or moisturisers this will help with the healing process. Always use a gentle face was and avoid harsh exfoliants like Glycolic or Salicylic Acid. You can use a mild skin polish once a week to help get rid of the dead skin cells. I love the Zo Skin Health Offects Exfoliating Polish. I have experienced amazing results with Retin-A. My skin has completely cleared up and my pores are barely noticeable anymore. You can watch my video about my Retin-A journey here.
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