Obagi Tretinoin Cream .05%, 20gm Tube (prescription product)
Obagi’s anti-acne prescription tretinoin is absorbed deep within the skin to heal acne and increase cell turn. Naturally-derived from Vitamin A, tretinoin, generic Retin-A, is a skin care miracle.
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Heal from the inside out with tretinoin
Obagi’s anti-acne prescription powerhouse is an A-lister for your face—as in Vitamin A, from which the key ingredient, the retinoid tretinoin, is derived. It is also used to treat hyperpigmentation and signs of premature aging.
Attack acne at the source. Lighten scars. Boost collagen production.
Tretinoin heals from the inside out, absorbing deep within the skin to attack acne at the source, stimulate collagen production, and lighten scars and blemishes by inhibiting the production of pigmentation. The result? Clearer, brighter, smoother skin. How does it work? Tretinoin is already converted into a form that the body can easily use. Its form is retinoic acid, also known as All-trans Retinoic acid (ATRA). Tretinoin is a derivative a Vitamin A, and the same acid that the body synthesis from Vitamin A. It is essential to healthy skin and multiple body functions. Brand names include Retin-A and Renova.
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.
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 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. Over time 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.
As your skin adjusts, you may want to apply the topical retinoid more frequently and eventually use tretinoin nightly if you are happy with the results.
One of the highest concentrations of topical tretinoin is .100%. It is popular among people who are ready to jump to the next level. Tretinoin .100% often becomes a key product in skin care regiments for life.
|Use or Effects||Anti-Aging, Collagen Boosting, Acne, Fade Hyperpigmentation, Tightening & Firming, Exfoliation|
|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 0.05%, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyoxyl 40 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Sorbic Acid, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Purified Water