Tretinoin (Also known as All-Trans-Retinoic Acid and is a form of retinoid)

Tretinoin (Also known as All-Trans-Retinoic Acid and is a form of retinoid)


Quick Facts

  • Is a form of vitamin A and part of the retinoid family
  • Effective acne treatment slowing down the production of sebum
  • Potent anti-ageing ingredient making the skin tighter, firmer and less wrinkled
  • Needs to be introduced to routine slowly to prevent irritation

Who can use it?

All skin types apart from those with hyper-sensitive and dry skin. It is important to use this ingredient as instructed to avoid any unwanted skin reaction.

What is Tretinoin?

A potent form a vitamin A, Tretinoin has a gold standard in anti-ageing technology making it one of the forms of retinoids to 100% deliver the results. With its many talents, you can expect to see your skin to have marked improvement on the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with a firmer and smoother complexion. It is also an effective acne treatment that can reduce the production of sebum and kick start the skin cell turnover process leaving you with a younger, radiant skin with complete clarity. Introducing Tretinoin does take some time as all retinoids can cause severe irritation to the skin if used incorrectly. If you have any concerns you should consult a skin specialist or medical professional for more advice on how to use this powerhouse ingredient effectively.

Side effects of Tretinoin

Burning, rashes, itching, redness and flaky areas of skin are common side effects when you first use Tretinoin into your daily routine. You will find these will reduce as your skin builds a tolerance to the ingredient.

Scientific Evidence

  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Mar 1, 2016, A comparative study of the effects of retinol and retinoic acid on histological, molecular, and clinical properties of human skin
  • Archives of dermatology., 1995 Sep;131(9):1037-44., Two concentrations of topical tretinoin (retinoic acid) cause similar improvement of photoaging but different degrees of irritation. A double-blind, vehicle-controlled comparison of 0.1% and 0.025% tretinoin creams.
  • Lancet (London, England)., 1993 May 8;341(8854):1181-2., First trimester topical tretinoin and congenital disorders.
  • Leslie Baumann, MD, Cosmetic Dermatology, 2nd edition, Retinoids, Chapter 30 - pages 256-262


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