Tretinoin is a very commonly prescribed topical medication used to treat a severe type of acne called cystic acne. In addition to acne, some doctors use it to reduce fine wrinkles on the face, as well as skin darkening and roughness.
Does tretinoin help existing acne?
What is Tretinoin? Tretinoin is a topical retinoid that’s derived from vitamin A. Research shows that tretinoin is one of the most effective medications available for removing existing acne and preventing acne from returning.
How long does it take for tretinoin to clear acne?
Tretinoin Takes Three to Six Months to Produce Results
In general, it takes three to six months to see results from tretinoin. This is supported by several studies, all of which showed a significant improvement in skin quality and reduction in acne after 12 weeks of using tretinoin.
What conditions are treated with tretinoin?
Tretinoin is used to treat acne or other skin diseases as determined by your doctor. It works partly by keeping skin pores clear. One of the tretinoin creams is used to treat fine wrinkles, dark spots, or rough skin on the face caused by the damaging rays of the sun.
Can tretinoin make acne worse?
Tretinoin can actually make acne worsen during the first 7–10 days of treatment, resulting in red, scaling skin, and increased pimples. Over time, the acne blemishes should disappear—this usually takes 2–3 weeks but can sometimes take more than six.
Does acne come back after tretinoin?
Most people can expect to see results within four to six weeks and will continue to see results for as long as they use it. While it’s possible for tretinoin to eliminate some dark spots and discolorations, it’s also possible for acne to come back once discontinuing tretinoin.
Does tretinoin help with hormonal acne?
How do I treat hormonal acne? Based on the severity of your acne, different treatment options are available to reduce sebum production, pimple formation and painful inflammation: Blackheads and whiteheads: Topical cream (tretinoin). Inflammatory acne: Topical retinoid and/or topical antibiotic and/or benzoyl peroxide.
How do I know if tretinoin is working?
After 4 – 6 weeks
After 4-6 weeks, your skin will get used to tretinoin and will begin to be noticeably smoother and more even. A lot of the initial irritation will settle down and true “retinization” of your skin is in full force.
Does tretinoin make you purge?
Many users of tretinoin will experience a “purge” during their first application, where their skin condition gets briefly worse before it gets better. Or, they may experience uncomfortable irritation or redness.
Why is tretinoin prescription only?
Retinols are found in popular anti-aging skincare products and are considered less irritating for people with sensitive skin. Tretinoin gel, cream, or lotion requires a prescription because it’s more powerful than retinol. Doctors prescribe tretinoin to treat skin conditions like: Acne.
How long does tretinoin purge last?
The tretinoin purge usually lasts for anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months. It can range in severity from a few minor pimples, to major breakouts, skin dryness, flaking, peeling and other skin irritation.
What can you not mix with tretinoin?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, it is especially important to avoid using the following skin products on the same area as tretinoin: Any other topical acne product or skin product containing a peeling agent (eg, benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol, salicylic acid, or sulfur).
Does benzoyl peroxide cancel out tretinoin?
Concurrent use of benzoyl peroxide will inactivate generic tretinoin.
Who should not use tretinoin?
You should not use tretinoin topical if you are allergic to it. Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice. Some brands of tretinoin topical are not approved for use in anyone under 18.
Does tretinoin exfoliate?
By speeding up the skin cell turnover process, tretinoin acts as a fairly powerful exfoliant. When you use topical tretinoin, your body replaces its old skin cells at a faster speed, exfoliating away the old cells in the process.