Tretinoin is a topical acne treatment and anti-aging cream that is an effective way to reduce fine wrinkles, dark spots and rough skin caused by sun damage. It works by unclogging pores, lightening the complexion and slowing down the natural aging process. While it can be a great addition to any skin care regimen, it’s important to understand how it works, what side effects to expect and how long it takes to start seeing results.
Before applying tretinoin, make sure your face is clean and makeup free. Wash your face with a gentle, hydrating cleanser, then gently dry it with a soft towel. Avoid excessive scrubbing or drying as this can cause irritation. Next, squeeze a pea-sized amount of tretinoin onto your finger and gently apply it to your face, focusing on areas affected by acne or anti-aging. Avoid applying tretinoin to the eyes, lips or nostrils as this can cause irritation and burning.
It is normal to experience some redness, dryness, peeling and itchiness when you first begin using tretinoin. These side effects should gradually lessen as your skin gets used to the medication. You should also be careful to protect your skin from the sun while using tretinoin as it can make it more sensitive to sunlight.
To help manage these side effects, try incorporating a serum with niacinamide into your skincare routine. Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 that offers multiple skin benefits, including reducing inflammation and hyperpigmentation. It also works well when combined with tretinoin and can be found in our Tretinoin + Niacinamide formula. tretinoin cream