FAQs: Tretinoin .05%
Everyone's skin is different, so there's no "crystal ball" to predict what strength tretinoin will work best for specific skin types. Generally, tretinoin 0.05% is tolerated by all skin types except possibly extremely sensitive skin. It's important to note that tretinoin is a prescription retinoid and is a medicine. Side effects from tretinoin are expected and include increased exfoliation which will look like flaky skin and some redness. If tretinoin side effects are intolerable, you can begin using it gradually. Apply tretinoin a few times a week and then work your way up to daily use. To help with dryness, try gentle moisturizers. Serums and skin products containing hyaluronic acid are a good choice when using tretinoin. Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs within the skin and binds to water, keeping the skin and parts of the body hydrated. Think of hyaluronic acid as the body's natural lubricant.
Tretinoin is the trifecta in skin rejuvenation! tretinoin enhances and boosts natural skin renewal in at least 3 major ways.
- Tretinoin is proven to stimulate new skin cell growth
- Increase collagen production
- Rebuild elastin
- Collagen gives skin its plump, firm appearance. As collagen levels decrease, skin sags and thins. Wrinkles become deep and increase in number.
- Elastin makes skin pliable and "elastic." Elastin allows skin to stretch tautly around the facial structure preventing a sunken appearance and loose, hanging skin that can result in jowls.
- Skin cell turnover is necessary for healing and to push out dead skin cells through exfoliation. Newly formed skin cells create a smooth, clear complexion. As new skin cells rise from deep beneath the epidermis to the outer layer, they push out bacteria and unclog pores. Once bacteria and oily plugs loosen, they rise to the skin surface where they can be cleaned away, helping to heal and prevent acne and blemishes. Rejuvenated skin cells also replace sun damaged skin and diminish the appearance of scars.
Tretinoin, generic for Retin-A, is actually retinoic acid, the same acid the body creates from dietary Vitamin A to keep the skin youthful, firm, plump, wrinkle-free and clear of blemishes and acne. Tretinoin, pronounced, [truh-tin-oh-in], is really that powerful. In fact, generic Retin A, tretinoin, has been used to treat acne vulgaris for more than 30 years. It's safe to say that there is unanimous agreement within the world medical community that tretinoin is effective in anti-aging and for treating skin conditions such as acne vulgaris and psoriasis.
Skin cell turnover slows by age 25 and elastin and collagen begin breaking down. Meanwhile, as we age, the overall supply of collagen and elastin available in the body diminishes. With reduced ability to rebuild these proteins, the skin shows signs of age. Common signs of aged skin include sagging, rough texture, crêpe appearance, uneven skin tone, and wrinkles and fine lines. If you want to prevent signs of aging and seek an overall radiant, clear complexion, then adding tretinoin to your skin care regiment is a wise choice. In our 40s and 50s, the skin cell renewal cycle can be as long as 45-90 days, compared to teens and 20-somethings where the skin renews itself every few weeks.
Within 3 weeks to 3 months, the benefits of tretinoin are usually visible. The skin will feel softer, have fewer wrinkles and any hyperpigmentation or brown spots should be faded or erased revealing an even skin tone.
Tretinoin has been used to treat acne vulgaris for more than 30 years. When using tretinoin to treat acne it is common for acne to get worse at first. However, over time, the acne subsides and the benefits of tretinoin are visible. In the treatment of acne vulgaris, tretinoin is known to reduce the severity of breakouts, speed the healing of pimples, and, even prevent breakouts.
Common side effects of tretinoin include a warm feeling when applied to the skin, abnormal peeling as skin exfoliates rapidly, itching, dryness and redness. Within 3 weeks to 3 months, the benefits of tretinoin are usually visible.