The Truth About Tretinoin

Sarah Allen

Posted on November 30 2020

The Truth About Tretinoin

by Sarah Allen, MD

Topical Tretinoin or Topical all-trans retinoid acid has many names - Acitva, Refissa, Renova, Retin-A, etc.  But how does it work? Tretinoin is a form of Vitamin A.  When you put it on your skin, it helps new cells divide and grow and increases cell turnover leaving you with a fresh new layer.  If you struggle with acne, it helps to move out the comedones.  It can take 2-7 weeks to work for acne, but up to 6 months to work for fine lines and wrinkles.  You should always wash your face prior to application and pat dry - wait until completely dry to apply (some people say 20-30 minutes).  You should avoid your eyes, ears, mouth and nostrils as it can cause irritation. 

You will peel with Tretinoin - as one of our favorites reminds us “Peeling is healing”.  Use a warm washcloth the morning after use and scrub away those dead skin cells leaving behind a beautiful layer of skin. Apply your SPF and makeup as you normally would.  It is best to avoid while pregnant and when breastfeeding. Tretinoin is not recommended for long term use.  Instead, you may use for up to 5-6 months and then cycle off.  Retinol is a better maintenance product. Learn more about retinol.

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