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How to use Tretinoin to treat hyperpigmentation

Tretinoin in the UK has been well-documented in improving hyperpigmentation. It’s important to follow a proper skincare routine and use the cream/gel correctly. Here are some guidelines for using tretinoin to address hyperpigmentation:

  1. Consult with a Dermatologist: It is recommended to consult with a dermatologist before starting tretinoin treatment for hyperpigmentation. They can evaluate your skin condition, determine the underlying cause of hyperpigmentation, and provide personalised advice and additional products to use alongside tretinoin. 
  2. Start with a Low Concentration: If you’ve never used Tretinoin before, begin with a low concentration of tretinoin, typically 0.025%. This allows your skin to gradually adjust to the medication and minimises the risk of irritation.
  3. Cleanse and Prepare the Skin: Before applying tretinoin, cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel.
  4. Apply Tretinoin in the Evening: Tretinoin is typically used in the evening because it can increase sensitivity to sunlight. Apply a pea-sized amount of tretinoin cream or gel to the affected areas of hyperpigmentation. Gently massage it into the skin until it is evenly distributed. Avoid applying tretinoin near the eyes, nostrils, and mouth.
  5. Use Sun Protection: During the day, it’s crucial to protect your skin from the sun as tretinoin can increase sun sensitivity. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 before going outdoors. Reapply sunscreen every two hours and wear protective clothing, such as hats and sunglasses, to further shield your skin from harmful UV rays.
  6. Be Patient and Consistent: Treating hyperpigmentation with tretinoin takes time and consistency. Results may not be immediate, and it can take several weeks to months to see noticeable improvements. Use tretinoin as prescribed by your dermatologist and be patient with the process.
  7. Moisturise and Hydrate: Tretinoin can cause dryness and irritation, so it’s important to moisturise your skin regularly. Choose a non-comedogenic, fragrance-free moisturiser and apply it after tretinoin has fully absorbed into the skin.
  8. Avoid Harsh or Irritating Products: While using tretinoin, avoid using harsh or irritating skincare products, such as scrubs, astringents, or products containing alcohol. These can exacerbate dryness and irritation.
  9. Follow Dermatologist’s Recommendations: Your dermatologist may provide additional recommendations or specific instructions based on your skin type and condition. Follow their advice closely for optimal results.

It’s important to note that tretinoin can cause initial skin irritation, redness, and flaking, especially when starting treatment. If the side effects become severe or unbearable, consult your dermatologist for guidance. They may adjust the dosage or suggest alternative treatment options.

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