Tretinoin (Retin-A)

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Tretinoin (Retin-A) | Latham and New York, NYDr. Edwin Williams is a board certified facial plastic surgeon that has formulated a series of prescription strength creams in a creamier non-irritating base that contain active ingredients which have been scientifically proven to reverse sun damage and stimulate collagen production. He feels that patients should use creams of prescription strength to be most effective. These creams should be the foundation of your skin care regiment.

Dr. Williams formulated Tretinoin (Retin-A) as the second step in his skin care regiment. Tretinoin is the active ingredient found in Retin-A. Tretinoin was developed more than 25 years ago as an acne treatment. Nearly 10 years ago, it was promoted as an anti-aging product effective in treating wrinkles due to the stimulation of collagen growth. Collagen is a natural protein that provides structural support. It is found throughout the body – in skin, muscle, tendon and the bone. Fibers of collagen are woven together like threads in fabric to form a framework into which new cells can grow. In the skin, collagen provides texture, resiliency, and shape.

Tretinoin (Retin A) can be drying, in the colder winter weather you may want to decrease the frequency of usage. Tretinoin comes in two strengths, if you are on the higher strength you may want to consider using the lower strength if you find the change in season is causing skin irritation. You can also use a moisturizer over the Tretinoin, but you need to wait at least 10 minutes for the Tretinoin to be absorbed into the skin, before application of the moisturizer.

*Please be aware that if you become pregnant or are breast feeding you must discontinue use of this product.*

How to apply your Tretinoin:

*Use at night only*

  • Wash Face and let dry for 20-30 minutes. If skin is not fully dry it can result in uneven application or absorption.
  • Apply a Pea sized amount to you finger and dab/dot on forehead, chin, and cheeks.
    *Literally a pea sized amount! More is NOT Better! Over usage of this product can lead to skin irritation including dryness and redness.*
  • Blend in evenly to cover the entire face.
  • Do not apply directly to the skin under your eyes.
  • You may apply the product to the crows feet area

When starting Tretinoin begin by applying 2 times a week. Increase use to every other night and finally every night. Remember – The goal is to use Tretinoin as frequently as tolerated by YOUR skin. It may take a while for your skin to tolerate it every night, just be patient. If your skin becomes irritated, back off the product till symptoms subside, and use less frequently, again working up to toleration of the product every night.

* Using a sun block of SPF 30 or higher daily is important due to the fact that Tretinoin (Retin A) use can cause increased sun sensitivity.

To find out if you are a good candidate for this product contact the Williams Rejuva Center at (518) 786-7004 to set up an appointment for a cream consultation.

FAQs

Tretinoin (Retin-A)

~ What is Collagen?
~ Collagen is a natural protein that provides structural support. It is found throughout the body – in skin, muscle, tendon and the bone. Fibers of collagen are woven together like threads in fabric to form a framework into which new cells can grow. In the skin, collagen provides texture, resiliency, and shape.

~ Is it important to use sun screens with these products?
~ Yes, it is! You should use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater to protect the skin. A total block that protects against UVB/UVA is recommended.

~ What if I can’t tolerate using the cream every night?
~ Your goal should be to use it as frequently as your skin will tolerate. It’s ok not to use it every night, especially in the early stages.

~ What if my skin becomes red, burns or dry and peeling?
~ First you should stop using the product for a few days. After your skin returns to its normal texture begin using the product with less frequency and in smaller quantities until your skin becomes tolerant of the product. Once tolerated, slowly increase the frequency and amount.

~ Does the weather effect the skin’s ability to tolerate Retin A?
~ Yes it does. Because Tretinoin (Retin A) can be drying, in the colder, winter, weather you may want to decrease the frequency of usage. The Tretinoin comes in two strengths, if you are on the higher strength you may want to consider using the lower strength if you find the change in season is causing irration. You can also use a moisturizer over the Tretinoin, but you need to wait at least 10 minutes for the Tretinoin to be absorbed into the skin, before application of the moisturizer.

~ Can I use Tretinoin (Retin A) during the Summer?
~ Yes you can. You need to wear a UVA/UVB Suncreen or Block with an SPF of 30 or greater during the day to protect your skin, as Tretinoin usage will make the skin more sensative.

~ Can I use these creams if I am breast feeding or pregnant?
~ No. The use of these creams are contraindicated. If you find out you are pregnant while using these topical creams, don’t panic. Simply stop its use and discuss it with your OB-GYN.

~ Are these creams covered by insurance?
~ These creams are considered cosmetic, and therefore not covered by insurance. A few insurance plans do cover prescriptions for Tretinoin, in which case a prescription can be written by one of our Doctors or Nurse Practitioners. It’s best to check with your provider to see which prescription medications your plan will cover.

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*Patient Results May Vary
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