Quick Answer: Can You Stop Using Tretinoin?

When can you stop using tretinoin?

In fact, studies show that tretinoin takes two to six months to start to produce noticeable results as an acne treatment.

Studies also show that it’s safe to use tretinoin over the long term, with some studies examining the effects of tretinoin for as long as four years..

Is tretinoin safe for long term use?

Conclusion: Long-term treatment with tretinoin emollient cream 0.05% is safe and effective in subjects with moderate to severe facial photodamage.

What can I use instead of tretinoin?

Besides tretinoin, other topical retinoids include Tazorac (tazarotene) and Differin (adapalene). Differin is more aptly described as a retinoid-like compound, if we’re being precise, but works the same way.

Does tretinoin age your skin?

Tretinoin works by speeding up your body’s production of new skin cells, letting you replace old skin with new skin faster. As well as anti-aging, it’s also widely used as a topical acne treatment.

Should I moisturize after using tretinoin?

Yes. It’s perfectly safe to use a moisturizer with tretinoin. In fact, tretinoin without moisturizer is generally not recommended. Many dermatologists advise their patients to moisturize while using it to reduce their chance of developing dry, peeling skin.

What happens when you stop taking tretinoin?

If you’re using topical tretinoin to reduce fine wrinkles, discoloration, age spots, and/or rough feeling skin, it can take 3–4 months or up to six months before you see results. If you stop using the medication or are inconsistent with your treatment, any improvements you see may disappear over time (NIH, 2019).