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Our Guide to Tretinoin

Tretinoin is a word increasingly used in the skincare industry which everyone seems to be loving, but what actually is it?

Traditionally, Tretinoin, often referred to as "Tret" was used to medically treat severe acne. Tret is a medication belonging to the retinoid family and works by promoting quick healing of pimples and affects the growth of skin cells. Tretinoin is also known as retinoic acid. It’s the generic name for vitamin A. Tretinoin is only available by prescription due as it is stronger and more aggressive than retinol alternatives.

Vitamin A has long been used as a cell renewal vitamin both internally and topically, especially in the case of acne clients. Over the years, particularly in the 1980’s, retinoids (derivatives of vitamin A) were used widely as peeling agents. The popularity of the drug Retin-A swept across the world like a storm leaving a lot of skin damage in its path due to the indiscriminate use of the drug by persons who did not respond well to its principle ingredient, tretinoin.

Retinoids however, come in various strengths and each has a slightly different effect in the skin. Tretinoin is the strongest, hence its medical status in the USA. But strong does not always mean the most effective. Other combinations of retinoids, when properly formulated, can gently remove dead skin cells without contraindications and provide energy that helps the DNA of the cells keep the cell alive much longer. Certain retinoids mixed with combinations of vitamin C stimulate fresh, new collagen fibres in the skin which can tighten and firm aging skin progressively.

At the clinic, we are educated on the fact that it is the combination of ingredients and how they work in synergy with each other that causes the real therapeutic affect on the skin. With so much information about retinols out there, it can be confusing which will be beneficial for the skin and which percentages are safe to use.

We have two retinols that we recommend to our clients, depending on their skin conditions, which act as a safer alternative to Tretinoin. DMK Revitosin is a signature formulation that works to regulate, rebuild and strengthen the skin, bringing the skin back into balance to regulate the natural rhythm of cellular proliferation. Revitosin is made up of a powerful blend of vitamin A’s which are designed to normalise and regulate skin dysfunctions that contribute to problematic skins such as acne, pigmentation, ageing, scarring and stretch marks.

Skinbetter's Alpha-Ret is the perfect alternative to Tretinoin, with just as visible results, without the downtime or dryness. The multi-award-winning SUPER HERO skincare cream is an essential in your skincare regime. It helps achieves visible results in skin texture, tone, and appearance without any dangerous side effects associated with Tretinoin.

Wondering how to incorporate retinols into your skincare regime? Fill out our quick and easy online skin consultation form and we will advise the best products to suit your skin needs.


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