There comes a phase in life when we have to face the nuisances of wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone, freckles, age spots, rough skin or sun-damaged skin. Under such circumstances, we normally retort to the best cream in the market to help us escape and seek solace from them. If you are one of those searching for the best possible options to treat your skin from such conditions, Retin-A Cream may be the right choice for you. Treating your skin with this product may not be a smooth ride, but if you are persistent enough, the right dose and the right approach will definitely bring a good result.
About Retin-A Cream:
Composed of the active ingredient tretinoin, which is a form of Vitamin A, Retin-A Cream has multiple functions. It is not just used in the treatment of acne but is also used to minimize fine wrinkles, to give relief to sun damaged skin, to smoothen dry skin and rough skin, to lessen pigmentation and to tighten the skin pores. In short, it improves the overall appearance of the skin and gives you that feel good factor.
Retin-A Cream comprises of tretinoin in either of the two different strengths, 0.05% and 0.025%. It contains other ingredients like isopropyl myristate, stearic acid, xanthan gum, polyoxyl 40 stearate, butylated hydroxytoluene, stearyl alcohol, sorbic acid, and purified water. The medicine works at the cellular level to enhance the appearance of the skin.
How to use Retin-A Cream?
- Start your treatment at night. Wash your face with a cleanser, which is mild and pH-balanced for your skin.
- Dry your face completely. Never use Retin-A Cream on damp or wet face. It will aggravate your condition. It will be best if you use Retin-A, 20-30 minutes after cleansing.
- Take a pea-size amount of the cream and dot is all over your face. Spread the cream evenly on your face, but take care to avoid the eyes, nostril and corners of your mouth. Note that a pea-size amount of the cream is enough for your face.
- After waking up the next day, wash your face with a mild cleanser.
- Apple a moisturizer which has sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher). The moisturizer should be non-comedogenic.
- If you are a first time user, it is recommended that you start with a lower strength 0.025% and then slowly move up to 0.05%. Start by applying the cream 2-3 times a week. If there is minimal to no irritation you can slowly increase it to 5 times a week.
Possible Side-Effects and Precaution:
- Initial irritation to the skin is expected. There may be a brief period of burning and stinging sensation accompanied by redness, dryness, scaling, itching. There is also a possibility that more acne may pop up on your skin. Do not worry as it simply means that the medicine is working. These skin irritations usually go away after the first few weeks of use.
- It is necessary to keep an eye on how your skin reacts to the medicine. If you experience any kind of blistering, severe burning sensation, watering, eyelid swelling, discoloration on the skin etc. immediately consult your doctor.
- Severe allergic reaction to this medicine is not known, but do not ignore if you have such symptoms like dizziness, rash, trouble breathing, severe itching and swelling etc. Talk to your doctor if you are allergic to vitamin-A and any other related drugs.
- After the use of Retin-A your skin will become more delicate to the sun so using a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher on a daily basis is recommended.
- Do not use Retin-A on skin that is already sunburned, wounded, windburned or if you have eczema or any other skin condition. You need to wait until the skin has completely healed otherwise the medicine will further aggravate your condition.
- The use of Retin-A during pregnancy or breastfeeding is not recommended.