Tretinoin A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners | Skin Solution 1O1

How to Use Tretinoin as a Beginner?

  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry. If you have makeup on, follow up with a double cleanse. 
  • Apply your toner.
  • As a beginner, follow the “sandwich” method when applying tretinoin cream to avoid irritation. Start with a lightweight or suitable moisturiser. Apply and let it absorb for a few minutes.
  • Apply a pea-sized amount of tretinoin on the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose. Blend it well. Let it absorb for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Enhance the nourishment of your skin by applying moisturizer once more. This will help to keep your skin hydrated, smooth and healthy. 

What does tretinoin do? 

Tretinoin is a medication that is prescribed by doctors to treat skin conditions such as acne, fine wrinkles, dark spots or rough skin on the face that are caused by sun damage. The cream works by keeping the skin pores clear and preventing the buildup of dead skin cells. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions when using this medication for the best results.

At what age should I start using tretinoin?

It’s never too late to start using skincare products that benefit your skin. The younger as teenage or 20s or mid-20s start, the more benefits you receive, particularly in lightening and preventing age spots. Using such products has been proven to enhance your skin’s collagen production, making it thicker and structurally stronger. Additionally, it can help reduce the appearance of uneven skin. 

What percentage of tretinoin should I start with?

When starting to use tretinoin for anti-ageing purposes, it is recommended to begin with a low to moderate strength, such as 0.025% to 0.05%. For mild to moderate acne, a lower strength of 0.025% may be used, while a higher strength of 0.05% or 0.1% may be used for more severe or stubborn acne.

How often should you use tretinoin on face?

To start using tretinoin, it is recommended to start with a low concentration (0.01% or 0.025%) and apply it only two nights a week for the first two weeks. Then, for the following two to four weeks, apply it three times a week or every other night. If your skin tolerates the product well after six to eight weeks of use, you can increase the application to every night. Finally, after using the product daily for 12 weeks, you may be able to increase the strength of the product (0.04%, 0.05%, and 0.1%). Remember to always monitor your skin’s reaction and adjust the frequency and concentration accordingly. Once a day. Only at night.

Do you wash off tretinoin cream?

You should avoid washing the treated skin after applying tretinoin only if your skin is not irritated with it. If your skin is red, or irritated, keep tretinoin for at least 1 hour and wash it off.  

How long should I leave tretinoin on my face?

Overnight (if the skin is not irritated)  or at least 1 hour (if the skin is red, inflamed, or irritated). 

Do you put tretinoin on before or after moisturiser?

A beginner should follow the “sandwich” method to apply tretinoin cream. (Cleanser > toner > moisturiser > tretinoin > moisturiser). After cleansing and toning, apply tretinoin followed by moisturizer once tolerance is built or after 20-24 weeks. 

What is tretinoin purge?

Purging of the skin is a typical side effect of tretinoin use. It usually arises shortly after the medicine is first used or when the dosage is increased. Completely normal. Its intensity might range from a few tiny pimples to severe acne, peeling, dryness, and flakiness.

How long does the tretinoin purge last?

Your skin may get inflamed during the first three weeks of using tretinoin. The skin purging caused by tretinoin normally lasts a few weeks to a few months. These are temporary. Your acne should clear up within 20 weeks to 6 months of consistent use. 

What happens if you stop using tretinoin?

You may experience breakouts when you stop using tretinoin cream and the benefits from the tretinoin will last longer than a month but will not be maintained without ongoing use. 

Tretinoin precaution

  • Tretinoin is renowned for its reaction to sunlight or photosensitivity skin. Apply sunscreen every day in the morning as the last step of your morning skincare routine. Even if you are at home, or on a cloudy day don’t skip sunscreen. Sunscreen should be broad-spectrum certified, mineral sunscreen, with SPF 50 or higher. Also, reapply every 2 hours to get your sunscreen worked effectively.
  • Avoid tretinoin during pregnancy.
  • Don’t apply tretinoin on sunburned or open wound areas.

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