Retinoids are prescription-only, topical forms of Vitamin A. Tretinoin is our primary chosen form of retinoid, as it can be used to effectively treat acne, visible signs of aging, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Tretinoin is 10 to 100 times more effective than over-the-counter retinoids, like retinol.
Tretinoin works by exfoliating and stimulating cell turnover, reducing inflammation, and boosting collagen and elastin production. The result is reduced fine lines and wrinkles, clear pores, smooth texture, and evened-out pigmentation.
With all forms of retinoid use, skin is more sensitive to the sun and wearing sunscreen greater than SPF 30 is a must.