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What is Tretinoin?

Tretinoin in the UK is a popular and widely used form of Vitamin A which belongs to the class of retinoids. It is a derivative of vitamin A and is available as a topical cream, gel, or solution and is primarily used in dermatology for various purposes:

  1. Acne treatment: Tretinoin is commonly prescribed for the treatment of acne. It works by reducing the formation of comedones (clogged pores), decreasing inflammation, and promoting the turnover of skin cells. This helps to unclog pores, prevent new acne lesions, and improve overall acne symptoms.
  2. Wrinkle reduction: Tretinoin has been shown to have anti-aging effects and is used to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin texture. It stimulates collagen production, which helps to plump the skin and reduce the signs of aging.
  3. Hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration: Tretinoin is used to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation, such as age spots, sunspots, and melasma. It helps to fade dark patches and even out the skin tone.
  4. Skin rejuvenation: Tretinoin promotes the renewal of skin cells and can improve the overall health and appearance of the skin. It can make the skin look fresher, smoother, and more radiant.
  5. Other dermatological conditions: In addition to acne and aging-related concerns, tretinoin may be used for the treatment of other skin conditions, such as actinic keratoses (precancerous skin lesions), certain types of psoriasis, and ichthyosis (a genetic skin disorder).

It is important to note that tretinoin should be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional who should determine the appropriate concentration, frequency of use, and duration of treatment based on your specific condition and skin type. Tretinoin can cause skin dryness, irritation, and increased sun sensitivity, so it is important to follow the prescribed instructions and use sun protection measures while using tretinoin. It is also important to be aware of potential side effects such as purging which you can read about here. 

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