A year on tretinoin and I’m not going to stop. I am no longer fooled by advertising any cosmetics, at 37, tretinoin is the main component of my facial care.
There is a lot of conflicting information on the Internet about retinol and its derivatives. Horror stories are copied by people from article to article, from review to review. One amateur read from another and went on to spread the information further. It is difficult to figure out where the truth is and where the fiction is.
I am also an amateur, but I tried to approach the issue more consciously. Plus, knowledge of English and the ability to study information in English-language sources helped. And it is there that there is much more of it, because in Russia funds with tretinoin for external use are not registered, there are no and there were no official studies, dermatologists and cosmetologists do not really know about it, they know almost nothing about it. We have registered with tretinoin only preparations for internal use, for the treatment of serious diseases such as leukemia.
In the United States, tretinoin care has been produced for many years, but even there, doctors did not come to an unequivocal conclusion whether it is safe to use, especially in constant use, and how toxic it really is to the body.
You cannot buy tretinoin cream in Russian pharmacies, but you can order it on the Internet. I will tell you about the place of buying my funds a little later.
I will not try to write smart phrases about exactly how tretinoin works for our skin. I will just say that this is a retinol derivative and it is a really active component that can penetrate into cells, influencing the processes taking place in them. Unlike the lion’s share of cosmetics, which promise incredible, it does not even penetrate the stratum corneum. And it costs a lot of money. All these organic extracts of plants, gold, black caviar and much, much more are just a marketing lure, but in fact – zilch.
First of all, tretinoin for external use is used in the treatment of acne and various inflammations. Its second function is to use it as an antiage component, since it affects the synthesis of collagen in cells. I am 37 years old and, as you know, the second option is more interesting to me. But even with small rashes and skin imperfections, the cream also helped in the end.
- “After washing, you need to wait until the skin is completely dry before applying the cream.”
I met this advice in several reviews. The recommended time was 20 or even 30 minutes. Someone even wrote that if you do not wait for the skin to dry completely, you can get severe irritation, or even a burn.
The first 2 times before applying, I was like a fool and did – I waited 20 minutes after washing, until my already dry skin dries to the state of parchment. This is idiotic advice, I tell you. You just need to wipe your skin with a towel, wait a minute or two and boldly apply tretinoin. There is no need to wait for the skin to lose a large supply of moisture, this is not useful.
Looking ahead, I will say that I have never had any negative reactions with my method of application. You need to apply the cream on clean, dry skin so that there are no unnecessary obstacles to the penetration of the active ingredient into the skin. After all, it already penetrates only 30% at best. The moisture reserve in the skin does not in any way affect its irritant effect. The presence of serums, creams or tonics, by the way, too, only reduces the effect, reducing the percentage of penetration, nothing more.
CONTRAINDICATIONS for use
There are quite a few of them and everything should be carefully studied before using.
The main ones, in my opinion, are:
- the presence of serious skin diseases, open wounds, ulcers, etc.;
- pregnancy and lactation.
SCHEME OF APPLICATION
Of course, you need to start with a low percentage. 0.025% is fine for this, that’s where I started.