- Tretinoin is retinoic acid. It is different from over the counter retinols. It is a form of vitamin A. Retin-A is considered the base of the skin care pyramid. There are three strengths: .025, .05, and 0.1%.
- It is used to improve the quality of your skin, you will visibly see a difference in your skin after approximately 3 months. Typically your skin will appear smoother and your skin tones will appear more even. It will thicken both the Epiderms and the Dermis. This is responsible for the wrinkle reduction you may see.
- Retin-A cannot be used in anyone who is pregnant or considering pregnancy.
- To begin your Retin-A, wash your face and pat dry, you will then apply the smallest amount possible to your entire face and spread it out until it is absorbed (a pea sized application). Night time application is best. Avoid the use of night creams that state they are “anti aging” since they may contain a retinol.