Tretinoin Acne Scars

tretinoin-scarsScars on the skin can often form as a result of surgery, acne, burns and other types of injuries. The scar tissue is often fibrous and tough and it will replace the normal skin, during the healing process.

Many people do not like the look of scars on the skin and often try to use different treatments to get rid of them. One of the most popular scar treatments is Tretinoin (Retin-A, Renova). It has been shown that Tretinoin has the ability to improve the appearance of scars on the skin.

Acne Scars

Generally when some people get acne, sometimes it gets infected. Once this occurs, the infection will spread deeper into the skin, where it is able to damage the dermal layer and collagen. When the inflammation increases, the skin tissue will be killed as the acne is treated. The end result is scars on the skin.

Tretinoin Acne Scar Treatment

Generally tretinoin is an effective acne scar treatment. If the scar is not deep, then it can be removed quite easily. Tretinoin works by peeling the upper layer of the skin. Constantly applying the cream will cause the scar to be less prominent. It should be noted that Tretinoin will also remove dead skin cells as well as wrinkles and spots.

There was a study conducted that looked at the use of Tretinoin for the treatment of acne scars. 28 people who had scars where treated with tretinoin 0.05% cream twice weekly for three months. The scars of those individuals showed great improvement over time.

Tretinoin and Melasma


Melasma is a skin condition that is very difficult to treat. Melasma causes irregular and patchy brown spots on the necks and faces of some women. It generally occurs in pregnant women or those who are taking birth control pills. It is believed that the dark pigmentation that occurs is a result of raised levels of estrogen. Other causes of melasma include sun exposure and genetics. In most cases, melasma will fade after a woman stops taking birth control pills or she gives birth. It may also never completely disappear.

Melasma is a benign skin disorder and there are no serious health consequences associated with it. People who are looking to treat this condition will usually do this for cosmetic reasons. There are many different treatments available to treat melasma, however some are very expensive and there is no guarantee that it will work. In some cases, but treatments can cause a condition to get worse.

Tretinoin and Melasma

When it comes to treat melasma, hydroquinone creams are the most popular option. These creams are very effective in reducing the look of Melasma on the skin. Generally people will notice a significant improvement between 6-12 weeks. For people will stop using hydroquinone, usually though alas not spots will reappear.

Tretinoin (Retin-A, Renova) is used sometimes along with hydroquinone to treat melasma. The reason this is done is due to the fact that tretinoin has the ability to increase skin cell turnover. When this occurs, it helps to reduce excess pigmentation. When used, tretinoin has the ability to lighten melasma spots slowly over a period of several months. Like hydroquinone, the spots will reappear once treatment has been stopped. There are no serious side effects in using tretinoin to treat melasma, the most common is skin irritation. This will occur when higher concentrations are used on the skin.

Tretinoin and Stretch Marks

tretinoin-stretch-marksStretch marks will occur in people who have rapid weight loss or weight gain. This is why it increases when women get pregnant. Stretch marks will not affect anyone physically, but most people do not enjoy the look of them and some people are also self conscious about them.

To reduce the look, some people have used tretinoin on stretch marks.

What is Tretinoin?

Tretinoin is a derived from vitamin A. One of the more popular stretch mark creams is known as Retin-A. Retin-A contains tretinoin that is used effectively as a treatment for stretch marks. The cream works by thinning the surface of the skin. When this occurs, the cream is able to reach the layer that is located directly under the skin. Once there it is able to stimulate collagen production. Collagen is produced by the body and it gives the skin the ability to withstand stretching and this in-turn lowers the chances of stretch marks occurring.

Does Tretinon Cream Help Stretch Marks?

As mentioned above, Tretinoin (Retin-A cream) has the ability to improve the deep collagen layers. In doing so, the cream is able to not only increase the health of the skin, but also improve the blood supply and improve the overall thickness. When this occurs, what is left is skin that is firmer, smoother and has the ability to get rid of fine wrinkles.

As it relates to stretch marks there are two schools of thought related to this cream. Some people believe that tretinoin can effectively reduce stretch marks. There have been studies that have been conducted that show when tretinoin has been used on stretch marks, they were reduced. This was however done on new marks and not existing ones.  As it relates to older marks, tretinoin improves collagen and elasticity, however it does not get rid of old and damaged skin. Older stretch marks will not be affected by the use of tretinoin

Study of Tretinoin Retin A Stretch Marks

Researchers have looked at Tretinoin and other creams for the treatment of stretch marks. These creams have been studied to examine their effectives. There was a study that was published in the Archives of Dermatology (May 1996). In this study, 22 patients were given either a placebo or Retin-A during the course of a 6 month study. During that study, Researchers discovered that 80% of the individuals who were given Retin-A showed a significant reduction the length and width of their stretch marks. It was further noticed that these creams that contained Retin-A worked best on new stretch marks.

Warning in using Tretinoin

It should be noted that tretinoin cannot be used during pregnancy. It is considered to be unsafe for the baby. As it relates to mothers who are breastfeeding, there is still research being done to find out if there are negative effects of the baby. Mothers who are breastfeeding and want to use tretinoin should consult their doctor.