What is Retin-A?
Retin-A (Tretinoin 0.025%) is a prescription only medication and is used in the treatment of acne, fine lines and wrinkles but is more suited to people with oily skin.
What is it used for?
- It is used to treat acne also called acne vulgaris.
- Retin-A is also used for improving fine lines and wrinkles.
- Retin-A is also used for treating scars.
Retin-A has been shown to attenuate and reverse the signs of photodamage, such as coarse wrinkling. Topical retinoids have shown beneficial efficacy and good safety profiles in the management of photodamaged skin, and as therapeutic anti-ageing agents. It has been found that topical application of retinoic acid (0.025%) to chronically photodamaged skin regenerated and restored elastic fibers, and that there was a significant positive correlation between the amount of newly regenerated elastic fiber and the wrinkle improvement caused by retinoic acid.
For scar treatment, medical papers show that excellent improvement was observed in the majority of patients (73.3%) in recent trials using tretinoin 0.025%.
How does it work?
Retin-A gel contains the active ingredient tretinoin 0.025%, which is a form of vitamin A used in the treatment of acne. It is not known exactly how tretinoin works, but it is thought to loosen the cells in the surface of the skin. This helps to unblock pores, so that the skin's natural oil producing glands can function normally. In addition, tretinoin increases the turnover of the skin cells, which aids the natural exfoliation of the outer layers of skin. This also helps to unblock pores and decrease the formation of blackheads (comedones) and spots.
How long does it take to work?
It may seem like your acne has got worse in the early weeks of treatment. This is due to the action of the medicine on deep, previously unseen blackheads and papules. It may take six to eight weeks before definite beneficial effects on the skin can be seen.
How can I buy Retin-A online
You can buy Retin-A online with or without a prescription at Medical Specialists, after completing a simple online consultation. If you prefer to order Retin-A UK over the phone, just give us a call and we will be pleased to help. We are the UK’s leading supplier of acne and anti wrinkle treatment online, and Retin-A for sale in the UK by a pharmacy is regulated by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.
For full patient information, please read or print out the leaflet provided at the bottom of this page about Retin-A.
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