How to use Tretinoin

Tretinoin is an incredibly popular skincare medication that has gone viral in recent times. This is due to the amazing results that it can provide people with. Influencers, or as they are sometimes referred to in skin care circles, skinfluencers, have used Tretinoin cream to help clear up stubborn acne, fine lines and wrinkles, with excellent results. This has seen a spike in the popularity of the medication, with more people wanting to use it than ever. So how do you actually use Tretinoin? Well, this article will provide you with all of the information you need to begin using Tretinoin to treat a number of different skin-related conditions.

How to use Tretinoin

It is crucial to review the accompanying leaflet before using your medication. This will provide essential information on how and when to use it. Incorporating Tretinoin cream into your daily skincare routine is relatively simple. Follow these easy steps for effective use:

  • Apply once daily, typically before bedtime.
  • Dispense about half an inch of cream onto your fingertips.
  • Gently massage the cream into the areas of the face that require treatment.
  • If the cream doesn’t immediately absorb, rub it in and consider using a slightly smaller amount in the future.
  • Avoid excessive use, as applying large amounts of the cream could potentially irritate the skin further.

How much Tretinoin should I use?

As mentioned, you will need to use around half an inch of cream once daily in order to attain the desired results. If you are struggling to imagine half an inch then it is roughly going to be the same size as a pea, the eraser on a pencil, or the width of your pinky finger.

What are typical Tretinoin cream uses?

Tretinoin cream has a number of different uses and can be prescribed to treat a number of different conditions. The most common use of Tretinoin is to help treat chronic acne. Tretinoin is an incredibly effective treatment for helping with acne, and after a few weeks or months of usage can see your condition change exponentially.

Tretinoin can also be used to treat a number of other skin-based conditions. It has proven to be effective at improving the look and feel of the skin, making wrinkles and fine lines less prominent, as well as making the feel of the skin much smoother. 

Can I use a moisturiser with Tretinoin?

Yes, you can use a moisturiser when you are using Tretinoin to help treat acne, or to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Using a moisturiser alongside Tretinoin can help to negate some of the effects during the Tretinoin ‘purge’ phase. This is the phase of treatment where your condition may appear as if it is worsening. This is necessary and completely normal. You should use a moisturiser that is designed for sensitive skin, and one that has at least a 30SPF level of UV protection. Tretinoin usage can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight so it is important that you keep your skin protected by using a high-SPF moisturiser.

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When should you use Tretinoin?

You may be considering whether or not you should have a consultation to determine if Tretinoin would be a good choice for you. If you are struggling with acne, or if you are wanting to get an upper hand on your fine lines and wrinkles then Tretinoin may be for you.

Is it safe to use Tretinoin every day?

Yes, Tretinoin is safe for you to use every day. To get the best results you should use the medication once a day. It is important that you continue to use your medication even through the purge phase. Whilst it may seem like your medication is making the condition worse, you need to get through this phase to attain the results you want. The purge phase is when your skin ‘purges’ the old damaged skin cells. Your skin may become red and irritated during this time.

Is it better to use Tretinoin at night?

Typically yes, it would be better to use Tretinoin at night, just before you go to bed. By using your medication before you go to bed you are allowing the medication to get to work throughout the night. It also means that you can use a moisturiser in the daytime to keep your skin protected from the sun.

Can I use Tretinoin during the day?

You can, if needed, use your medication during the day. It should be used at night, however, if you can only use it during the day then you can. It is best to use it during the day when you do not need to go outside too much to keep your skin safe from the sun.

How long can I safely use Tretinoin for?

The length of time that you can use Tretinoin for is a tough question to answer. You can use Tretinoin for as long as you need. It is a long-term treatment that will only provide good results for as long as you use it. In some cases, it can take up to six months before someone sees the full benefits of the medicatio

Who can use Tretinoin?

Can I use Tretinoin if I am pregnant?

Using Tretinoin is typically not advised during pregnancy due to its potential harm to a developing baby. If you are pregnant, it is advisable to consult with your healthcare provider for additional guidance. However, it is generally considered safe to use Tretinoin while breastfeeding.

Can children use Tretinoin?

Tretinoin is generally not considered to be safe for use by children under the age of 12 as there is little data that suggests it is safe for children under this age. The skin of a child may be too sensitive to use Tretinoin.

How should I store Tretinoin?

Storing your medication is an important way of ensuring it remains safe and effective for long periods of time. The information you need to know will generally be on the information leaflet provided with your medication. It should be stored in a cool, dry place that is out of direct sunlight.

Can I freeze Tretinoin?

No, you should not freeze your medication. Freezing Tretinoin can cause it to become damaged and can also lead to it not being as effective as it should be. If somehow your Tretinoin becomes frozen then you should dispose of it and purchase more.

Is Tretinoin flammable?

No, Tretinoin is not considered to be flammable. It is still a good idea to store your medication away from a source of heat in order to retain its integrity.

How should I prepare myself before using Tretinoin?

Is it recommended to wash skin with soap and warm water before using Tretinoin?

It is recommended that you wash your face with a skin-sensitive soap and warm water before applying Tretinoin to the skin. By doing this, you are ensuring your skin is clean and free of excess oils before you put your medication on.

Should I wait a certain amount of time to apply Tretinoin cream after washing my face?

After you have thoroughly washed your face with soap and water then you should wait until your face is completely dry before you apply Tretinoin cream. You can gently dab the water from your face using a clean towel.

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Should I avoid putting Tretinoin on certain areas of my body?

Certain areas of the body require careful consideration when applying Tretinoin to the skin. Here are some commonly asked questions regarding areas to be cautious with.

Should I avoid putting Tretinoin near my eyes?

Yes, you need to be careful when applying Tretinoin to the skin around the eyes. This skin is very delicate and is prone to irritation. Do not apply your medication directly to the eyelids.

Should I avoid putting Tretinoin near my lips?

When applied to the lips, Tretinoin can lead to them drying out and becoming cracked. Do not apply Tretinoin directly to the lips, and be careful when you apply it anywhere around the mouth.

Should I avoid putting Tretinoin on burned skin?

Applying Tretinoin to burned, broken or irritated skin can lead to further irritation and can actually make the healing process much longer.

What should I do if Tretinoin gets into an area where it shouldn’t be?

If Tretinoin comes into contact with unintended areas, such as those mentioned earlier, consider taking the following steps:

  1. Rinse the area with plenty of cool water: Thoroughly rinse the affected area with cool water. Avoid using hot water to prevent increased irritation.
  2. Do not rub the area: Be gentle while rinsing, avoiding any rubbing or scrubbing of the skin to prevent further irritation.
  3. Pat the area dry: Gently pat the area dry with a clean towel. Refrain from rubbing the skin vigorously.
  4. If necessary, seek medical attention: In case of persistent irritation, sensitivity, or accidental ingestion of tretinoin, seek immediate medical attention.

If irritation persists after following these steps, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for further guidance.

What happens if you stop using Tretinoin?

Stopping your medication during the purging phase will mean that you will not experience the full benefits of Tretinoin. It is important to stick with your medication for a few weeks or months to fully see the potential positive effects it can provide you. If you are using Tretinoin for fine lines and wrinkles then you may notice that these can return over time after you have stopped using your medication. If you are using it for acne however you may be able to stop using the medication once your condition has improved.

Do MedsBase provide Tretinoin?

Yes, you can purchase the Tretinoin that you need online from MedsBase.