Obagi Tretinoin Cream .025%, 20g Tube (prescription product)
Obagi’s anti-acne prescription powerhouse tretinoin is already converted to the form of Vitamin A that the body creates to regenerate skin cells, heal acne and lighten hyperpigmentation. Applied topically, tretinoin is absorbed deep into the skin where it bolsters the body's skin rejuvenating "workforce."
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Obagi .025% tretinoin supercharges natural skin renewal
Obagi tretinoin is proven to treat acne and put the body's ability to produce collagen and new skin cells in high speed. Naturally-derived from Vitamin A, tretinoin is the same acid, all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), the body creates from Vitamin A. This topically-applied prescription product treats acne vulgaris, melasma, hyperpigmentation, psoriasis and premature aging.
Tretinoin applied on the outside of the skin is absorbed deep within the epidermis where it increases the supply of retinoic acid. Retinoic acid is essential to regenerate skin cells, preserve elastin and boost production of collagen. Collagen keeps the face full and plump, while elastin keep skin firm to prevent sagging.
Because tretinoin, the generic name for Retin-A, is natural and recognized by the body, it is highly effective. Tretinoin is considered to be one of -- if not the most effective -- anti-aging skin care product availble. Results are visible quickly and improve over time.
With continued use, the benefits of tretinoin are sustained. It firms skin, reduces wrinkles, and lightens hyperpigmentation caused by scars, sundamage and melasma. Tretinoin has been used successfully to treat acne for more than 30 years.
What concentration of tretinoin is right for me? .025%, .05%, .01%, .100%
Certain medications are available in various strengths because research shows each person may have a unique reaction. The usual recommendation is to begin with the lowest potency. Potency refers to the strength of the medication, also called dosage. In the case of topical tretinoin, strength is measured in concentration.
For newcomers to tretinoin or those with extremely sensitive skin, .025% and .05% tretinoin can be starting points. If either concentration works for you, then you are all set. Overtime you may want to increase the strength if you feel your skin can benefit more.
If the .025% or .05% does not create the desired effect, then a higher strength of generic Retin-A could be the answer. Overall, the idea is to slowly increase the potency, if needed, to find the right strength for you.
Another way to determine the concentration that fits your skin type is to reduce the frequency to 2-3 days a week. You may try this if the side-effects are not tolerable or you just prefer to slow your pace.
Men in general have thicker skin than women, so they are usually advised to jump straight to .1% tretinoin, the highest potency
You may need to use this cream consistently for 6 weeks to 3 months in order to fully experience results. In some cases, acne will temporarily get worse during the course of treatment. This is common and treatment should continue as directed.
|Use or Effects||Anti-Aging, Collagen Boosting, Acne, Fade Hyperpigmentation, Brightening, Tightening & Firming, Exfoliation, Skin Smoothing|
|Is a Prescription Product||Yes|
Directions for use: Apply to your face at night 20 minutes after a thorough, gentle cleansing when your skin is completely dry; ensure that your hands are also clean. Spread evenly over your skin, avoiding eye and mouth areas and any open wounds. Wash hands after applying. Use tretinoin in the amounts and frequency directed by your physician. Consult with your doctor if you experience redness, swelling, or irritation that persists.
Safety Information: While using Tretinoin, spend as little time in the sun as possible, use an effective broad spectrum sunscreen, and wear a hat even on cloudy days. Do not use sunlamps or tanning booths, and avoid extreme wind and cold. If you do get a sunburn, stop using Tretinoin until your skin is back to normal. Tretinoin may cause skin irritation. Some patients may get dry, red or peeling skin that requires them to use less medication or use it less often, or stop use either temporarily or altogether. Patients who develop a rash or itchy skin should contact their healthcare provider.
Do not use more Tretinoin, or use it more often, than your doctor has told you because it will not work better and may increase the irritation to your skin. Avoid use of other products that may dry or irritate your skin. The safety and efficacy of Tretinoin have not been established in the treatment of patients younger than 12 years of age (Cream), or in pregnant or nursing women.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Ingredients: Tretinoin 0.025%, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyoxyl 40 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Sorbic Acid, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Purified Water