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    How to use Tretinoin

    Tretinoin is an incredibly popular skincare medication that has gone viral in recent times. This is due to the amazing results that it can provide people with. Influencers, or as they are sometimes referred to in skin care circles, skinfluencers, have used Tretinoin cream to help clear up stubborn acne, fine lines and wrinkles, with excellent results. This has seen a spike in the popularity of the medication, with more people wanting to use it than ever. So how do you actually use Tretinoin? Well, this article will provide you with all of the information you need to begin using Tretinoin to treat a number of different skin-related conditions. 

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    How to use Tretinoin

    It is very important that you read through the leaflet provided with your medication prior to using it. This will give you information that you need to know about how to use it, and when to use it. It is relatively easy to use Tretinoin cream, and it can be quickly implemented into your daily skincare routine. Here are some easy-to-follow steps for using Tretinoin effectively:

    1. Apply once daily, generally before bed. 

    2. Put about half an inch of cream onto your fingertips.

    3. Gently rub the cream into the areas of the face that need it most.

    4. If the cream does not fade away instantly you should rub it in and try to apply a little less in the future.

    5. Avoid using large amounts of the cream as this could irritate the skin further. 

    How much Tretinoin should I use?

    As mentioned, you will need to use around half an inch of cream once daily in order to attain the desired results. If you are struggling to imagine half an inch then it is roughly going to be the same size as a pea, the eraser on a pencil, or the width of your pinky finger. 

    What are typical Tretinoin cream uses?

    Tretinoin cream has a number of different uses and can be prescribed to treat a number of different conditions. The most common use of Tretinoin is to help treat chronic acne. Tretinoin is an incredibly effective treatment for helping with acne, and after a few weeks or months of usage can see your condition change exponentially.

    Tretinoin can also be used to treat a number of other skin-based conditions. It has proven to be effective at improving the look and feel of the skin, making wrinkles and fine lines less prominent, as well as making the feel of the skin much smoother. 

    Can I use a moisturiser with Tretinoin?

    Yes, you can use a moisturiser when you are using Tretinoin to help treat acne, or to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Using a moisturiser alongside Tretinoin can help to negate some of the effects during the Tretinoin ‘purge’ phase. This is the phase of treatment where your condition may appear as if it is worsening. This is necessary and completely normal. You should use a moisturiser that is designed for sensitive skin, and one that has at least a 30SPF level of UV protection. Tretinoin usage can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight so it is important that you keep your skin protected by using a high-SPF moisturiser. 

    When should you use Tretinoin?

    You may be considering whether or not you should have a consultation to determine if Tretinoin would be a good choice for you. If you are struggling with acne, or if you are wanting to get an upper hand on your fine lines and wrinkles then Tretinoin may be for you. 

    Is it safe to use Tretinoin every day?

    Yes, Tretinoin is safe for you to use every day. To get the best results you should use the medication once a day. It is important that you continue to use your medication even through the purge phase. Whilst it may seem like your medication is making the condition worse, you need to get through this phase to attain the results you want. The purge phase is when your skin ‘purges’ the old damaged skin cells. Your skin may become red and irritated during this time.

    Is it better to use Tretinoin at night?

    Typically yes, it would be better to use Tretinoin at night, just before you go to bed. By using your medication before you go to bed you are allowing the medication to get to work throughout the night. It also means that you can use a moisturiser in the daytime to keep your skin protected from the sun. 

    Can I use Tretinoin during the day?

    You can, if needed, use your medication during the day. It should be used at night, however, if you can only use it during the day then you can. It is best to use it during the day when you do not need to go outside too much to keep your skin safe from the sun.

    How long can I safely use Tretinoin for?

    The length of time that you can use Tretinoin for is a tough question to answer. You can use Tretinoin for as long as you need. It is a long-term treatment that will only provide good results for as long as you use it. In some cases, it can take up to six months before someone sees the full benefits of the medication. 

    Who can use Tretinoin?

    Can I use Tretinoin if I am pregnant?

    It is generally not recommended to use Tretinoin if you are pregnant. Tretinoin is a retinoid medication which can be harmful to a developing baby. If you are pregnant you may wish to speak to your healthcare provider for further advice. It is considered to be safe to use Tretinoin whilst you are breastfeeding.

    Can children use Tretinoin?

    Tretinoin is generally not considered to be safe for use by children under the age of 12 as there is little data that suggests it is safe for children under this age. The skin of a child may be too sensitive to use Tretinoin. 

    How should I store Tretinoin?

    Storing your medication is an important way of ensuring it remains safe and effective for long periods of time. The information you need to know will generally be on the information leaflet provided with your medication. It should be stored in a cool, dry place that is out of direct sunlight. 

    Can I freeze Tretinoin?

    No, you should not freeze your medication. Freezing Tretinoin can cause it to become damaged and can also lead to it not being as effective as it should be. If somehow your Tretinoin becomes frozen then you should dispose of it and purchase more.

    Is Tretinoin flammable?

    No, Tretinoin is not considered to be flammable. It is still a good idea to store your medication away from a source of heat in order to retain its integrity. 

    How should I prepare myself before using Tretinoin?

    Is it recommended to wash skin with soap and warm water before using Tretinoin?

    It is recommended that you wash your face with a skin-sensitive soap and warm water before applying Tretinoin to the skin. By doing this, you are ensuring your skin is clean and free of excess oils before you put your medication on. 

    Should I wait a certain amount of time to apply Tretinoin cream after washing my face?

    After you have thoroughly washed your face with soap and water then you should wait until your face is completely dry before you apply Tretinoin cream. You can gently dab the water from your face using a clean towel.

    Should I avoid putting Tretinoin on certain areas of my body?

    There are some areas of the body that you will need to be careful with when you are putting Tretinoin on your skin. Here are some frequently asked questions about areas to avoid.

    Should I avoid putting Tretinoin near my eyes?

    Yes, you need to be careful when applying Tretinoin to the skin around the eyes. This skin is very delicate and is prone to irritation. Do not apply your medication directly to the eyelids.

    Should I avoid putting Tretinoin near my lips?

    When applied to the lips, Tretinoin can lead to them drying out and becoming cracked. Do not apply Tretinoin directly to the lips, and be careful when you apply it anywhere around the mouth.

    Should I avoid putting Tretinoin on burned skin?

    Applying Tretinoin to burned, broken or irritated skin can lead to further irritation and can actually make the healing process much longer. 

    What should I do if Tretinoin gets into an area where it shouldn't be?

    Here are some steps you can take if Tretinoin gets into an area where it shouldn't be, such as those listed above:

    1. Rinse the area with plenty of cool water: Use cool water to rinse the affected area thoroughly. Avoid using hot water as this can increase the risk of irritation.

    2. Do not rub the area: Be gentle when rinsing the affected area, and avoid rubbing or scrubbing the skin as this can cause further irritation.

    3. Pat the area dry: Use a clean towel to gently pat the area dry. Do not rub the skin aggressively.

    4. If necessary, seek medical attention: If you experience any persistent irritation or sensitivity, or if you accidentally ingested tretinoin, seek medical attention right away.

    If you are still feeling irritated after completing these steps, you may wish to contact a healthcare professional for further advice.

    What happens if you stop using Tretinoin?

    Stopping your medication during the purging phase will mean that you will not experience the full benefits of Tretinoin. It is important to stick with your medication for a few weeks or months to fully see the potential positive effects it can provide you. If you are using Tretinoin for fine lines and wrinkles then you may notice that these can return over time after you have stopped using your medication. If you are using it for acne however you may be able to stop using the medication once your condition has improved. 

    Do UK Meds provide Tretinoin?

    Yes, you can purchase the Tretinoin that you need online from UK Meds. Before you can complete your purchase you will need to complete a FREE online consultation to ensure that the medication is right for you. If approved, simply select your delivery method and let us do the rest.

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    Sources

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/Tretinoin-topical-route/proper-use/drg-20066521

    https://www.dermatica.co.uk/skinlab/where-to-apply-Tretinoin/

    https://www.healthline.com/health/skin/Tretinoin

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/acne/treatment/

    https://patient.info/medicine/Tretinoin-for-acne

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    Scott Weaver

    Scott is an experienced and professional content writer who works exclusively for UK Meds.

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