Tretinoin for acne

Tretinoin for acne is another topical prescription retinoid used for the treatment of mild to moderate acne. Tretinoin also known as Retin A is originated from vitamin A and can be effective for patients with whiteheads and blackheads, zits and pimples. It is found in the forms of gel or cream.

In addition to clearing acne, tretinoin have a number of advantages. It can reduce dark spot and discoloration caused by acne flare-ups. It can also minimise wrinkles and fine lines on your skins.

How tretinoin for acne works

Tretinoin works by facilitating the replacement of an old and damaged cell with younger one. This shedding of cells are important in the reduction of comedonal acne formation. Besides, it also helps the west product moving out to the surface of the skin more easily.

Tretinoin like other acne treatments, it takes time to see a remarkable results. It is common to see initial worsening of acne flare-ups among many patients. Do not stop your medication unless you to talk to your dermatologist even if you experience breakout. Normally, you will see improvements within 8 - 12 weeks after the first day of use.

Before using tretinoin

Before using tretinoin you have to inform your doctor:

  • If you have allergic reaction to any drugs
  • If you are taking any medicine
  • If you are breast feeding or pregnant
  • If you have any skin problems outside acne
  • If your family or you have or had skin cancer

Instructions - How to use tretinoin

  • Apply once every day, or every other day based on doctor recommendation
  • Apply during bedtime
  • Wash your skin with a mild cleanser before using tretinoin.
  • Wait for half an hour and apply tretinoin to the affected area.
  • Since applying tretinoin while the skin is wet cause irritation, completely dry your skin before using it.
  • Do not use near your eye, mouth and nostril.
  • Wash your face with the same cleanser you used the next morning.
  • Use sunscreen when you are planning to go out.

Side effects of tretinoin

The followings are the most common side effects of tritinoin, however; the side effects will gradually decreased as the skin adapt the treatment. 

  • Dryness of the skin
  • Irritation of skin
  • Peeling and redness of skins,
  •  Blistering and swelling of the skin
  • Increase sensitivity to sun, as a result the skin become more susceptible to sun damage and sun burn.
  • The oral forms may cause a birth defect in pregnant woman.

Tips for using tretinoin

  • To avoid adverse drug interaction, tell your dermatologist about other medication you are currently taking.
  • If your skin is irritated or uncomfortable while using tretinoin, tell your doctor. He will advise you to change the frequency of application.
  • Use oil free moisturiser daily to avoid dryness
  • Avoid any other abrasive or exfoliating skin care products as it cause further irritation.
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