Also known as Tretinoin, Avita, Renova. It’s a derivative of Vitamin A and works to topically promote the turnover of new skin cells. It takes quite a while to see results but it can benefit acne, dark spots, and even wrinkles. (Wrinkles may take up to 6 months to see improvement)
The down side is irritation and flaking as these cells get “killed off” and “kicked out” by the new cells underneath. A lot of people will stop using it thinking it’s not working or because they are using too much their skin hurts and it’s not worth it to them. I understand. Who wants to walk around with the feeling of sunburn all the time? I think the trick is working with a dermatologist to get the right concentration and frequency that gives you the benefit without the sever irritation. But you need to realize, it doesn’t work without some irritation. Here are the suggestions I’ve learned for using this product:
1. Apply a thin layer at night to a clean and dry face (even give yourself 10 minutes after washing your face before applying the cream).
2. SUNSCREEN in the morning – every morning. It’s a must.
3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Even if you see some flaking during the day, wash gently with a washcloth and then reapply moisturizer.
4. Start off slow – every other day or every third day until your skin gets used to the medicine. Just don’t give up if it starts flaking. That means it’s working
You can see why working with your health care provider is important so you can strike just the right balance to keep you skin looking and feeling as young as you do!