What is Retin A Micro Gel(tretinoin topical) and how does it work?
Well it’s an acidic form of Vitamin A - and to some people with mild to moderately severe acne - Retin A gel is considered a miracle gel.
What makes this preparation cream so special is that it contains something called “advanced micro-sphere technology” that helps reduce irritation - which is commonly associated with Retin A.
That's because the tiny microspheres only allow a small amount of tretinoin to be absorbed at a time....giving the dermis time to adjust to the treatment.
The older versions of this acidic form of Vitamin A was a bit harsh and cause several side effects such as stinging, redness, flaking, peeling, and irritation - especially around sensitive areas of the face like mouth, nose, and chin area. The side effects were so bad, that many people couldn't even finish the treatment.
However, keep in mind that even though this is an improved version and is supposed to have less side effects, some people with very sensitive skin still reported unacceptable side effects and therefore could not tolerate it. If this happens, contact your doctor immediately.
How Does It Work?
Basically, Retin A helps increase cell turnover to eliminate damaged cells which can improve and clear the skin tone and texture. But because the medication is encapsulated in tiny spheres, only small amounts are released at a time slowing absorption and reducing the usual side effects.
How To Use Retin A Micro Gel
The most thing is proper application. While your doctor will give exact details on how to apply it, one thing is important with all Retin-A products - make sure your skin is dry before applying.
It is very important to wait at least 20-30 minutes after washing your face. Also, make sure your hands are clean before and wash them again after each application.
Finally, only apply a tiny amount (usually the size of a pea) onto the whole face or effected areas, as directed by your doctor. Applying too much in one application can increase your chances of irritation.
Keep in mind that even if you follow the directions exactly, you may still you may feel some warmth or experience some mild irritation within the first few weeks of using the product.
Because Retin A micro gel is a prescription medication, be sure to let your doctor know what kind of other over-the-counter acne products you have been using, as well as what regular medications you are on. Drug interactions are no fun and the last thing you want is to have one.
Prescription Retin A microgel is available in two strengths (.04% and .1%) from your dermatologist and must be applied as directed. It is important to follow his directions to the letter.
It will take at least two weeks to start to see the results and at first it will look like nothing is happening. In fact, it will look like things are getting worse. Flaking, peeling, dry skin are all very common side effects with prescription creams.
According to the manufacturer’s literature, it will take up to seven weeks to see full results. The important thing is to keep using it to keep the break outs under control or until your doctor tells you to stop.
While there are different types of Retin-A preparations, the Retin A gel form is usually used to treat acne, while a Retin A cream is used to treat dry wrinkled skin.
But regardless of which one you use, it is very important to follow the directions exactly and make sure to always use a sunscreen and wear a hat because any type of Retin A will make your skin extra sensitive to the sun.
As an added advantage - if this prescription cream is used for adult acne treatments it can also helps reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots.
If you find that you still can't tolerate Retin A creams and gels, or want to learn more about all the Retinol Products click here. Over the counter retinols are very effective for acne, wrinkles, and sensitive aging skin.
Over the counter retinol creams come in different strengths and formulations - ranging from 0.9% retinol - which is the strongest - to 0.3% retinol the mildest form. All help to stimulate exfoliation and accelerating skin cell turnover.
Can't get a prescription for Retin-A or find it too harsh? Consider trying other types of retinol products. Like Green Cream Level 9 - which is the strongest retinol you can get without a prescription. Just be careful to start out slowly -- because this cream is pretty powerful.
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