Tretinoin Review

tretinoin-reviewI have been dealing with acne for an extremely long time and anyone who suffers with it knows how annoying and problematic it can be. I finally got fed up and went to the doctor to get a treatment that would rid me of my acne.

After stepping into the doctor’s office, we had a brief consultation and then prescribed to me Retin-A (Tretinoin). I started applying the cream immediately and I did not see any major results immediately. Over a period of a few weeks, my face began to clear up. It actually worked pretty well and my face looks good and I am not bothered by the stupid acne no more.

Despite Tretinoin working, there are some pros and cons. Obviously the pros are that it clears the skin extremely well. It was able to improve the look of the face when breakouts would still occur. My doctor stated that was great at getting rid of whiteheads, blackheads and cystic acne. It is really good for people who suffer from severe acne.

The cons of this product are the fact that dries out the skin really bad. I constantly had to apply moisturizer on my face, based on how dry it would get. Aside from drying, my skin would peel and I did not like this at all. It also has a bleaching effect and my shirts and pillow cases would all have this bleached out look from using the tretinoin on my face.

In the end I guess it was worth it. My face looks clear and I really am not worried about acne anymore. The dryness, bleaching and skin peeling was annoying but I eventually got over it as I wanted my acne gone. In fact, it wasn’t that bad when I think about.

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.

How Does Tretinoin Affect Acne?


Many young people from teenagers to adults often suffer from the skin condition called acne. This condition is known to cause unsightly pimples that occur on the face and the body. Acne can be quite damaging not only to the body, but also to the self-esteem of the individual who suffers from the condition. With acne affecting millions of people, there are a host of treatments that can be used to combat this skin condition. Thousands of products are available and they all claim to do the same thing. Some are proven to be more effective than others. One such product is tretinoin, which is available in an ointment, gel or cream. Many of the popular acne treatments use tretinoin as an active ingredient.

Acne occurs when the pores located on the surface of the skin become blocked. This blockage affects the sebaceous glad and that often causes acne to develop. When these blockages occur, this is often due to the development of excessive sebum production. Blockages can also occur when dead skin cells get clogged in the pores. Excessive sebum production is mainly associated with hormones in the body. An increase in Androgens can often cause production to increase. Generally acne treatments that are available often focus on clearing blocked pores or targeting the hormones in the body. The main focus of tretinoin is to ensure that the pores of the skin are kept clear.

Released in 1971, Tretinoin is one of the first retinoids that were released as a topical treatment for the skin condition acne. Retinoids are similar to vitamin A chemically and this is a very important vitamin that is needed to have healthy skin. Tretinoin was used primarily for the treatment of comedonal acne, as well as other skin conditions. Tretinoin generally works to keep the pores of the skin open through two different processes. In the first process, tretinoin affects the epithelial cells so that they are not as sticky. As a result these cells will be able to be exfoliated off the skin much easily. It also affects the epithelial cells in a way that they are able to be shed more quickly, before comedones (blocked pores) can develop. Since these cells won’t be around to clog the pores of the skin, the development of acne is greatly reduced.

It is very important to note that people who use tretinoin to treat acne will often noticed that their skin will look worse than before. The reason behind this is the fact that tretinoin can irritate the skin. As a result, the skin can have a scaly, red look to it. There is also the possibility that there is an increase in the amount of acne that is seen on the body. Generally it takes between 1-2 months before there is any real improvement of the skin. It is a very long process, that is why it is important for people to stick with it.

The main side effects associated with the use of tretinoin is the reddening of the skin, acne getting worse, thinning of the skin, irritation and much more. As a result of these side effects, it is often recommended that people stay out of the sun or reduce their exposure. If they do plan on going out in the sun, they should wear a sunscreen that has a SPF 15.

Tretinoin has been around for awhile and it is common in many different acne treatments. It should be noted that newer retinoids are slowly replacing tretinoin. These newer retinoids have specifically target different areas related to the development of acne.

For people who are interested in using tretioin to treat their acne, they should consult their doctor. The doctor will be able to give you much more information as it relates to this product. They will be able to tell you if it is right for your skin, as well as the benefits and side effects that can occur.