Tretinoin is an all-trans retinoic acid that is comprised of synthetic and natural occurring Vitamin A. What does all that scientific mumbo-jumbo mean?
Tretinoin was originally developed as an acne treatment in 1960s. While Researchers were studying patients for improvements on acne, they realized these patients had an unexpected side effect...GREAT SKIN. Under well controlled clinical trials, patients experienced improvements with wrinkles, pigmentation, and roughness, as well as in the overall severity of photoaging.
How does it work?
Tretinoin encourages rapid epidermal turnover, so skin releases dead cells faster than normal, revealing a fresh, glowing complexion. Think of it as a very strong peel. At the same time, it boosts production of skin's vital collagen and remodels elastin, which breaks down with natural aging. This topical solution produces significant changes in epidermal and dermal skin cells and tissues.
How can you get it?
Tretinoin is available by prescription only. Dr. Kun Kim will analyze your skin and determine if you are a good candidate. Be sure to let him know if you are allergic to fish gel, have eczema, have a sunburn, if you are pregnant, and/or breast-feeding.
While using Tretinoin, you should:
- Minimize exposure to the sun, extreme cold or wind
- Avoid sunlamps, tanning beds, and ultraviolet light
- Use a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15, wear protective clothing and wide-brimmed hat
- Stop using Tretinoin if you get a sunburn
- Avoid washing your skin too often. Do not scrub treated skin or use other drying products
Possible side effects include (but are not limited to) skin dryness, burning, redness, excessive flaking, and/or peeling. Let your doctor know if your side effects are excessive, they may decrease applications, strength, or recommend stopping altogether.
You can purchase genuine Tretinoin products from Kim Facial Plastic Surgery or at your local pharmacy with a prescription. Great skin can be achieved with regular topical solutions such as this. Call us at 770-458-4255 to schedule your consultation to start your Tretinoin plan.