Obagi Tretinoin Cream
Obagi prescription tretinoin is a skin-clearing powerhouse! Naturally-derived from Vitamin A, tretinoin is proven to successfully treat most acne cases and reverse signs of aging for a revitalized complexion.
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Treat Acne With Proven Tretinoin Medication
Tretinoin, also called all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), is a metabolite of Vitamin A. It's necessary for skin growth but it is not endogenous to the body. This is not unusual either. Omega-3 fatty acid is another essential nutrient that our body cannot create. Like omega 3 fatty acids, the body must digest an external source of Vitamin A and then convert it to a usable form. In the case with tretinoin, the body synthesizes it from Vitamin A-rich foods like carrots, sweet potatoes and salmon.
How Does Tretinoin Work?
Retinoic acid works by facilitating communication between cells for the production of collagen and skin (epithelial) cell growth. The purpose of new skin cells is to replace old, dead skin cells that have done their job and should slough off our body. And they do - to the tune of 30,000 to 40,000 every minute! But that's for the entire body. Our face is always exposed so it needs to shed an extremely high amount. That's where increased skin cell growth comes into play.
When new skin cells are created, they push to the surface causing the old ones to turn "flaky" and slough off. In this same process, increased skin cell growth also treats acne. As new skin cells make their way to our outer epidermal layer, they loosen hard buildup of oil and bacteria that clog pores.
But wait, there's more. Retinoic acid also helps prevent the breakdown of elastin, part of the body's connective tissue. Elastin gives skin its flexibility and firmness. When the skin's supply of elastin diminishes, sagging and wrinkles result.
What Strength of Tretinoin Is Right For Me?
Certain medications are available in various strengths because research shows each person may have a unique reaction. The usual recommendation is to start with the lowest potency. Potency refers to the strength of the medication, also called dosage. In the case of topical tretinoin, strength is measured in concentration.
For newcomers to tretinoin or those with extremely sensitive skin, .025%, and .05% tretinoin can be starting points. If either concentration works for you, then you are all set. Over time you may want to increase the strength if you feel your skin can benefit more.
Men, in general, have thicker skin than women, so they are usually advised to jump straight to .1% tretinoin, the highest potency.
If the .025% or .05% does not create the desired effect, then a higher strength of generic Retin-A could be the answer. Overall, the idea is to slowly increase the potency, if needed, to find the right strength for you.
Another way to determine the concentration that fits your skin type is to reduce the frequency to 2-3 days a week. You may try this if the side-effects are not tolerable or you just prefer to slow your pace.
Tretinoin 0.1%, a prescription retinoid, treats acne vulgaris, hyperpigmentation, premature aging, and psoriasis. Tretinoin may be used only under the guidance of a physician.
You may need to use Obagi 0.1% tretinoin cream consistently for 6 weeks to 3 months in order to fully experience results. In some cases, acne will temporarily get worse during the course of treatment. This is common and treatment should continue as directed.
Before using tretinoin:
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to tretinoin, fish (if taking Altreno), any other medications, or any of the ingredients in tretinoin lotion, cream, or gel. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients..
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: certain antibiotics such as tetracyclines; antihistamines; diuretics ('water pills'); fluoroquinolones such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), delafloxacin (Baxdela), gemifloxacin (Factive), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), and ofloxacin; medications for mental illness and nausea; or sulfonamides such as co-trimoxazole (Bactrim, Septra), sulfadiazine, sulfamethizole (Urobiotic), and sulfisoxazole (Gantrisin). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had eczema (a skin disease), actinic keratoses (scaly spots or patches on the top layer of the skin), skin cancer, or other skin conditions.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using tretinoin, call your doctor.
Plan to avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light (tanning beds and sunlamps) and to wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Tretinoin may make your skin sensitive to sunlight or ultraviolet light.
Safety Information: While using Tretinoin, spend as little time in the sun as possible, use an effective broad spectrum sunscreen, and wear a hat even on cloudy days. Do not use sunlamps or tanning booths, and avoid extreme wind and cold. If you do get a sunburn, stop using Tretinoin until your skin is back to normal. Tretinoin may cause skin irritation. Some patients may get dry, red or peeling skin that requires them to use less medication or use it less often, or stop use either temporarily or altogether.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply extra cream, lotion, or gel to make up for a missed dose.
Tretinoin may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- Warmth or slight stinging of the skin
- Lightening or darkening of the skin
- Red, scaling skin
- Increase in acne sores
- Swelling, blistering, or crusting of the skin
- Dryness, pain, burning, stinging, peeling, redness, or flaky skin at the treatment area
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms call your doctor immediately:
- Pain or discomfort at the treatment area
Tretinoin may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while using this medication.
Directions for use: Apply to your face at night 20 minutes after a thorough, gentle cleansing when your skin is completely dry; ensure that your hands are also clean. Spread evenly over your skin, avoiding eye and mouth areas and any open wounds. Wash hands after applying. Use tretinoin in the amounts and frequency directed by your physician.
Do not use more Tretinoin, or use it more often, than your doctor has told you because it will not work better and may increase the irritation to your skin. Avoid use of other products that may dry or irritate your skin. The safety and efficacy of Tretinoin have not been established in the treatment of patients younger than 12 years of age (Cream), or in pregnant or nursing women.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.