Retin-A is a cream enriched with Vitamin A. It effectively changes the cellular metabolism of the skin to treat fine facial wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation caused by sun damage.

Retin-A is typically best for older patients who are bothered by fine facial wrinkles, or blotchy pigmented areas caused by sun damage. However, it can be prescribed to younger patients who want to fight the aging effects of sun exposure.

If you're planning a chemical peel, Dr. Alfaro may recommend using Retin-A® as a preparation treatment. Retin-A® thins the skin's outer layer, so the acid solution can penetrate more deeply and evenly.

What to Expect From Retin-A

What is it? Vitamin A-enriched cream or gel that changes the cellular metabolism of the skin's surface to treat fine facial wrinkles and blotches caused by sun damage.
Inpatient / Outpatient At home application
Treatment time: 10 minutes
Side effects and reactions Temporary skin irritation and redness. Not recommended for nursing mothers or pregnant women.

How Retin-A Works

Your initial Retin-A® application will include instructions for using the medication at home. After washing your face, a small amount of Retin-A®, in either cream or gel form, is rubbed over your face and nose. A gentle formula is typically used at the beginning, especially if you are younger or have a fair complexion.

You may be switched to a stronger formula after your skin becomes accustomed to treatment. Only a pea-sized dab is needed to cover the entire face. You will be instructed to apply Retin-A® every night before you go to bed. Because Retin-A can dry the skin, you should apply a moisturizer once or twice daily. This routine is usually continued for about eight months to a year, after which you'll be switched to a less-frequent schedule of maintenance, with Retin-A® applications only two or three times per week. At periodic follow-up visits, the strength or frequency of use will be adjusted.

After Retin-A

After treatment It's normal to experience some redness, irritation, itching, stinging, or skin dryness once you begin to use Retin-A®. However, you can expect these symptoms to gradually disappear as the skin becomes acclimated to the treatment. Remember to consistently use a sun-block to protect yourself from ultraviolet light, and you may have to discontinue use of some products or cosmetics.

Results vary, but with continued use, you will begin to see subtle improvements in the texture and tone of your skin. Retin-A® users notice a rosy glow during the beginning months of use, followed by the disappearance of fine lines and the shrinking of large pores. After about six months, many Retin-A® users report that wrinkles are barely visible and that age spots have faded.

Learn More About Retin-A in Tucson

If you are ready to learn more about Retin-A, we encourage you to call the office of Dr. Armando Alfaro in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Alfaro can answer your questions and discuss the details of this procedure. Call our office at 520-323-9720 to schedule a consultation.