Retin-A (tretinoin) is a form of vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself by increasing cell turnover. Simply put, this prescription cream increases skin regeneration, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, improves overall complexion, and reduces acne breakouts. The Retin-A and Avita brands of tretinoin are used to treat acne. Our clinic doctor uses the Renova brand of tretinoin is to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration, and to make rough facial skin feel smoother.
According to Salveo Naturopathic and Skin Care doctor and staff, Vitamin A or retin-A is one of the best topical skincare and anti-aging prescriptions available. Some precautions are required when on this therapy: when using Retin-A avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Retin-A can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun. Retin-A is not to be used during pregnancy or breast feeding.
Retin-A treatment may take weeks or months of use before you notice improvement in your skin. If you are using Retin-A to treat acne, your condition may get slightly worse for a short time when you first start using the medication. This is ok says Dr. Allan Strauss ASc. BSc. ND since Retin-A is an active ingredient, your skin may have to develop and get used to the treatment slowly over time before you can regularly apply the cream. Repeated use reduces fine and deep lines, reduce pigmentation, improve overall skin's health and complexion when used appropriately under the direction of a doctor familiar with using Retin-A for dermatological use.
Schedule an appointment our doctor today to discuss if this prescription is appropriate for you.