What are the Most Comon Uses for Tretinoin?

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  • Written By: Autumn Rivers
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  • Last Modified Date: 03 July 2019
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Tretinoin is a topical medication that is most often used for acne treatment since it can reduce the amount of pimples that develop while also helping existing pimples heal. On the other hand, this medication can also be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in patients hoping to look younger. It should be noted that this medication cannot typically eliminate wrinkles or other skin damage caused by the sun, so it should only be used to reduce skin problems that are due to aging. Tretinoin is typically prescription-only, and is often best when used with both moisturizer and sunscreen to protect the face from feeling excessively dry or damaged during treatment.


Most people using tretinoin are attempting to get rid of acne, as this medication typically affects the growth of cells in the skin. Thus, it can help existing pimples heal faster than they would on their own, and can also reduce the amount of pimples that form on the face. Unfortunately, many people using tretinoin for acne may find that the issue gets worse for the first few weeks of treatment, but after about three months of use, there should be a noticeable reduction in pimples. This drug comes in different forms, including a cream, gel, and liquid solution, and also has varying strengths. A doctor typically decides on the strength and form that is best for each patient, with the decision usually depending on the severity of the acne.

Some patients opt to use tretinoin for wrinkles, as this topical drug typically works well at reducing signs of aging. Additionally, it can balance out skin color variations while removing any rough patches. This can result in facial skin that is smooth and free of wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven color, allowing patients to get attractive skin that typically makes them look younger than they are. Of course, it has the added bonus of reducing the chances of developing pimples, as well.

Whether tretinoin is used to get rid of acne or wrinkles, it is advised that patients wash their face with water and a mild cleanser about a half hour before applying this medication. Once the facial skin is dry, a small amount of the drug can be rubbed into the skin so that there is a fine layer over the face, making sure to avoid getting it in the eyes, nose, or mouth. Patients are advised to use tretinoin everyday at the same time for best results, typically just before bedtime, and should wait at least an hour to apply makeup, moisturizer, or other facial products.



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