Retin-A Tretinoin: Cream Vs. Gel


Retin-A Cream vs Gel

Retin-A Cream vs Gel

Tretinoin has several forms, such as cream or gel. The most effective and proven brand of tretinoin is Retin-A and it beats acne, fine lines, and wrinkles flawlessly. Studies showed that the patient’s skin became more luminous and radiant after the Retin-A cream course. Its extremely high efficiency in fighting acne problems is also proven by 25 years of positive usage all around the world. 

Retin-A Function

A cognate of Vitamin A, Retin-A, accelerates exfoliating of top skin cells and at the same time increases the manufacturing of collagen. At the beginning of the Retin-A course, there may appear dry and cracked skin areas. If you treat acne problems, they also could become a little bit worse as far as Retin-A drives polluted skin cells to the top. Sometimes patients may feel some burning while the application, but skin adapts to it quite quickly, in the first weeks. Cream and gel have the same effect in acne and wrinkles treatment.

History of Retin-A

Dr. John J. Voorhees, prolocutor of the dermatology department at the University of Michigan’s School of Medicine announced a study in 1988 of Retin-A consumers with photodamaged skin. The outcome of the 16-week double-blind study showed that all 30 users indicated a statistically essential enhancement in skin layer texture, decreased roughness of the facial skin, darker and lighter spots, wrinkles, and fine lines. After this study, Retin-A became an anti-wrinkle treatment.

Tretinoin in Retin-A: Cream Vs Gel

The perfectly suitable solution for acne-ready skin is Retin-A gel as it consists of a heavy spirit base and has a slight drying effect. If we are talking about wrinkle problematic skin, then cream would be more helpful. Retin-A cream gives more moisture and improves skin’s natural elasticity and texture. According to the doctor’s recommendations, it’s better to use the gel in the summer and cream during the winter. It is necessary not to forget about applying sunscreen and moisturizer during the Retin-A course.


Our skin cells already have retinoid receptors which help to control cell office. As we get older our skin cells renew irregularly. Dermatologist Dr. Min-Wei Christine Lee of Walnut Creek, California told The New York Times, “Consistent use of Retin-A helps normalize the cells.”. It’s widespread fact that during the first weeks of applying Retin-A patients may or may not feel its drying or irritating qualities. And it’s very important not to stop the Retin-A course to see the expected results because many people consider stopping the course due to its irritating facilities. But as skin get used to Retin-A you’d see the only perfect result.

Retin-A Warning

While Retin-A course you should avoid direct sunlight and use sunscreen at least SPF 30. Due to its drying and irritating qualities, Retin-A may not be suitable for people who suffer from skin conditions such as eczema or rosacea. The recommended way to apply Retin-A is after 15-30 minutes after facewash, so the skin would already be clean and dry. In addition, Retin-A is not safe to use while pregnant and breastfeeding.

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Dermatologist Marcela J






Marcella Jiovanni

Skin Care Professional

“Marcella Jiovanni actively promotes the importance of maintaining healthy skin, she envisions the future of dermatology as moving away from pure medical, pharmacological dermatology and flowing more toward a holistic approach to wellness and skincare.”

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