How to Use Retin-A Cream

How to Use Retin-A Cream

Using Retin-A cream as an anti-aging product is very popular due to its skin self-renewal properties. It’s important you know how to use it correctly so you can maximize its benefits. 

What is Retin-A?

Retin-A cream (tretinoin) is a form of vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself.

The Retin-A and Avita brands of tretinoin are used to treat acne. The Renova brand of tretinoin is used to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration, and to make rough facial skin feel smoother.

When using Retin-A cream for treatment it is important to follow the usage instructions.  If you do not use the right dosage, use higher amounts, or use it more than the recommended times, you can affect the results.  Also, it is important to note that if you use it on moist skin, use less moisturizer or fail to wear sunscreen this can alter the results as well. The initial phase of using it may have unpleasant effects on your face like redness, flaking, and peeling of your skin. You may also have dry skin patches and your wrinkles may be more explicit. This transitional period may make you uncomfortable but the results are worth it.

Here is how to use Retin–A cream the right way:

1. Begin with a small dose and increase it gradually over time

The weakest percentage of retinoids is 0.01 percent and it rises to 0.025, 0.04, 0.05 and ends with 0.1 which is the strongest. You may assume that beginning strong will give you better results but that is not the case. Depending on the texture of your skin, you may begin with 0.025 percent for a light skin or 0.05 percent for hard skin. It is best to consult a doctor before settling on a particular dosage. You can use cream or gel depending on your preference and when you feel like 0.01 is still high for your skin, you can get over the counter retinol from facial products.

2. Apply it 20 minutes after washing your face

Applying Retin-A cream to a moist skin will seriously irritate you, so you should wait for your face to dry before putting it on. After your skin adjusts to using Retin-A cream, you can ignore this step.

3. Apply a tiny amount preferably a pea-sized amount on each quadrant of your face

You should apply it this way to spread it evenly and equally around your face. You should be gentle on sensitive areas like around your mouth, nose, and eyes. Do not put large amounts on a lump on your face to cover it in the case of people with acne prone skin. Besides, Retin-A cream is not a treatment for acne as it can make your face look worse or burn your skin.

Apply Retin-A cream only at night and use sunscreen during the day.

Retin-A cream does not thrive in sunlight hence you need to apply it at night. The ultra-violet rays from the sun break down the vitamin A contained in it making it less efficient. Applying Retin- A cream also makes your skin more sensitive to the sun hence applying it day and night will make your skin completely vulnerable to sunlight. You should use sunscreen when you are on a Retin-A cream treatment to avoid direct contact with your skin and the sun.

4. Reduce applications

When you notice that you have done everything mentioned above yet your skin is still irritated, you should reduce the number of times you apply Retin-A cream. You can increase it slowly as your skin adjusts. Also, use it with a moisturizer, which will dilute it and keep you comfortable.

5. Be careful when mixing Retin-A cream with other ingredients

If you apply more than one product on your face, you should watch the products you use together with Retin-A cream. You should avoid mixing it with acidic products like lactic, salicylic and glycolic.

Are you among those who have used Retin-A cream and benefitted or failed? Use these tips above to ensure you get the best out of this product.

***Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or healthcare professional before beginning any beauty regimen program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional.