Tretinoin (a form of Vitamin A) works to reduce blemishes, minimise fine lines and wrinkles, limit discolouration from sun damage and promote healthy skin cells. It also helps to prevent melasma and freckles from appearing and boosts collagen production – it’s basically a superhero ingredient.
It does all of this by speeding up the way in which new skin cells grow, helping to literally ‘push out’ blackheads and whiteheads and giving your complexion that much-needed healthy glow. It’s a bit like a spring clean for your complexion, but it can take some time before you see the benefits.
Before starting treatment you should always check with your GP or dermatologist that you’re suitable for it and they will want to know if you have any health conditions such as psoriasis, sunburn, dermatitis or rosacea. It is also important to use sunscreen every day if you’re using tretinoin or any other retinol products.
The main side effects of tretinoin are dry or flaking skin, itching or burning and redness. These can be mild to severe depending on your skin, so if you have any concerns, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. It is essential to avoid scrubbing or overwashing your face before applying tretinoin, as this can cause irritation. You should also make sure to use tretinoin only at night as the new cells it creates are sensitive to UV rays during the day.
If you have sensitive or delicate skin, then we recommend starting off at the lowest strength tretinoin cream. Once your skin has got used to it, you can then move on to higher strengths. We only offer 0.05% tretinoin cream at The Online Clinic.
When you start to use your tretinoin cream, apply a small amount to the skin every evening before bed. You can do this with a clean finger or an applicator. If your tretinoin cream uk comes with a printed information sheet, read this before you start your treatment to make sure it’s safe for you to use and that you understand the instructions.
It’s also a good idea to use a cleanser that’s gentle, especially one that doesn’t contain any alcohol, as this can dry your skin. You should also avoid putting any other skincare products on your face while you’re using tretinoin, including facial oils and gels. You should also avoid using any hair dyes or perms, as these can all affect the effectiveness of the tretinoin.
You must never apply tretinoin to broken or damaged skin, as this can lead to further damage. You should also avoid using it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding – unless specifically told to by your doctor, as it can harm the baby. You should also avoid tretinoin if you’re taking any medications or supplements such as antibiotics, corticosteroids or blood thinners. Finally, it’s important to only buy your tretinoin from a trusted supplier – GPs and dermatologists should be able to recommend reputable suppliers. tretinoin cream uk