What Is Tretinoin And How Does It Work On Acne

What Is Tretinoin And How Does It Work On Acne

Tretinoin for acne

Constantly I am asked in Wilston cosmetic clinic about Retin A and Retinol for acne and antiageing. I will often explain what the differences are between the two products. There are a number of posts I have supplied on my blog explaining about Retin-A and Retinol, today, I am exploring Tretinoin which is a form of Retin A.

Topical tretinoin is a generic form of acne medication Retin-A. Tretinoin can be purchased with a prescription from a Doctor or at a medical cosmetic clinic.

Typically, topical tretinoin is both a short-term solution and long-term treatment option for clearing up active breakouts. It’s used for hard-to-clear acne blemishes on your skin.

Tretinoin is effective for many people, but it’s not for everyone. Keep reading to find out what you should know before trying tretinoin for your acne.

Benefits of tretinoin

Tretinoin is a retinoid, meaning it’s a form of vitamin A. Retinoids stimulate cell turnover on your skin. Dead skin cells are cleared off your skin more quickly as new skin cells rise to the surface. Quicker cell turnover opens your pores, releasing trapped bacteria or irritants that are causing your acne.

Retinoids like tretinoin also help your skin to regulate its natural oil (sebum) production, which can prevent future breakouts. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that clear up active acne pustules.

Tretinoin for wrinkles

Tretinoin has been studied extensively for its impact on the visible signs of aging. Tretinoin cream has demonstrated both short-term and long-term effects on the appearances of wrinkles, that’s why tretinoin is a popular ingredient in many over-the-counter face and eye creams albeit in much lower doses.

Tretinoin for acne scars

Tretinoin can also be used to decrease the appearance of acne scarring. Since tretinoin speeds up cell turnover on your skin, it can encourage new cell growth at the site of scarring.

Tretinoin in several forms has been tested successfully as an effective way to treat acne scars. Tretinoin is also sometimes used to prep skin for chemical peel treatments that target scarring.

Tretinoin side effects

Using tretinoin for acne can cause side effects. Not everyone will experience all of the side effects, and some may be more severe than others. Possible side effects include:

  • burning or itching skin
  • peeling or redness on your skin
  • unusual dryness of your skin
  • skin that feels warm to the touch
  • skin that turns a lighter color at the site of application

It can take up to 12 weeks to see results from using tretinoin. If your skin seems irritated by using it, check with a medical professional to see if symptoms are within the range of what’s normal for tretinoin.

If, after 8 to 12 weeks, you don’t see any improvement in your skin, speak with a medical professional. Tretinoin is not recommended for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

When you’re using tretinoin, be extra careful about your exposure to the sun and ensure you wear sunscreen whenever you’re going outside. Also additional preventative measures like wearing a hat with a broad brim.

It’s extremely rare but possible to overdose on tretinoin. Overdoses are more likely to occur in prescription-strength forms of this medication (such as Retin-A). Signs of an overdose include having trouble breathing or losing consciousness.

If you feel like you’re having an allergic reaction or experiencing serious side effects from tretinoin, discontinue use and seek medical attention immediately.

Drug interactions

Other topical acne medications can interact with tretinoin and irritate your skin or aggravate side effects like burning on your skin. Unless they’re part of a plan you’ve discussed with your medical professional, avoid using other topical skin treatments (such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and products containing sulfur) while using tretinoin. Also, avoid products that dry your skin, such as astringents and cleansers that contain alcohol.

Notably, tretinoin concentrations less than 0.01% are largely ineffective in the treatment of photodamaged skin (16-18). Topical application of other retinoids, such as isotretinoin and retinol also lead to clinical improvements, again with less skin irritation and after a much longer exposure time than tretinoin (19).

How to use tretinoin cream

If you want to use tretinoin to treat acne, start by choosing a cream or gel that has a low amount (0.1 percent) of the active ingredient tretinoin. If needed, you can work up to higher amounts as your skin becomes accustomed to the treatment.

To apply tretinoin safely and effectively:

  1. Clean your skin with warm water and pat dry before using any topical acne medication. Wash your hands before applying any cream or lotion to your face. Wait a few minutes to make sure your skin is completely dry before you use the medication.
  2. Apply just enough of the medication to lightly cover the affected area. You don’t need to build a thick layer of the medication on your face. A dime-size amount of the medication should be enough to spread across your whole face.
  3. Using the tips of your fingers, spread the medication away from sensitive areas such as your eyes, your nostrils, and your lips. Rub the cream or gel in to your face lightly and let it absorb completely.

For best results, apply tretinoin once at bedtime so that it can absorb completely into your skin while you sleep. It’s best not to apply makeup in the hours immediately following this treatment.

Medical Acne Skin care available with Cosmetic Nurse Jo Wilson (pictured with Advanced Esthetician + owner of Phytomer Le Spa Shelley Veitch) Wilston Brisbane, Qld, Australia

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To learn more about the potential benefits of these products for your skin, and to have a complimentary skin consultation, call Harbour Medispa or request a consultation online.

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Interview with Cosmetic Nurse Jo Harbour Medispa

Interview with Cosmetic Nurse Jo Harbour Medispa

As seen in Style Magazines Beauty Talk Feature July 2020

COSMETIC TREATMENTS

In the cosy and distinguished Harbour Medispa, we chatted to founder and cosmetic nurse, Jo Wilson, about their total face approach.

Hi Jo, tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m a former children’s nurse who now focuses on cosmetic and lifestyle with a wellness twist at Harbour Medispa. All of these elements go into having a life where you look well, live well and feel well.
When did you become interested in the beauty industry?
I wanted my career to have a meaningful impact on women’s confidence. After a trip to New York and London, I was inspired by the medispa concept because it allows you to have medical treatments not in a hospital, but in a relaxed, luxurious environment. Multiple modalities with one goal – beauty and wellness – is what I had in mind when I arrived back into the country. Looking well and feeling well are synonymous.
What’s the Harbour Medispa experience?
I treat the face as a whole using the dimensions of the beauty golden ratio. I strive to attain the Angelina Jolie-look – her ratios are close to perfect while still looking natural! I also focus on women and offer a niche personal service in a tucked-away, luxurious environment. I find women like to spend time with a nurse; there are lots of questions I can answer in a private environment and it’s a nice place to be where we can just be women.
What cosmetic treatments do you recommend in winter?
Medical peels and beauty boosters.
A double chin fat reduction is also best in winter as you can wear a scarf to hide the swelling for a few days.
What is your best advice for those considering cosmetic treatment?
Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you shouldn’t have a cosmetic treatment. Don’t feel guilty; it’s your skin and you can choose to prevent wrinkles and keep your youthful look. When it comes to the clinic, choose a reputable place that puts your safety above all else.
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Double Chin Fat Dissolve Treamtment | Harbour Medispa Wilston

double chin

Not crazy about the double chin you inherited from grandma? Welcome to the club, as they say. However, just because a double chin is a common trait doesn’t mean you have to keep it!

Lipodissolve is a non-surgical injectable that will reduce a double chin. Lipodissolve dissolves fat cells in the areas where it is injected, reducing fullness for an improved facial profile. Following treatment, patients experience noticeably less fat under the chin as well as a better-defined jawline that makes the whole face look slimmer and better proportioned.

How do Double Chin Fat Reduction Injections work?

Since a double chin tends to be an inherited trait, diet and exercise are unlikely to significantly affect fat beneath the chin.

The active ingredient in Lipodissolver, deoxycholic acid, is a substance that your body already uses to break down fat in the digestive system. Lipodissolve contains optimal amounts of deoxycholic acid that begin to dissolve fat cells when injected directly into the fat beneath the chin. This process begins immediately after treatment and continues as your body naturally eliminates the unwanted fat cells.

Depending on your needs, we may perform several injections during each treatment. The needle is very thin and most patients find any discomfort to be easily tolerated.

Why choose Harbour Medispa for your Double Chin Treatments?

The face and neck are sensitive areas with intricate anatomy. It is essential to choose an experienced provider for any cosmetic injectable treatments, such as Lipodissolve. At Harbour Medispa in Wilston, injections are performed by Cosmetic Nurse Jo.

There are a few options we have to address a double chin. Here are a few reasons we recommend Lipodissolve to many of our patients wishing to improve their profile:

  • Treatments take only about 15 minutes with little or no downtime.
  • Lipodissolve permanently eliminates treated fat cells, meaning fat will not accumulate in that area in the future.
  • Lipodissolve even for very small amounts of chin fat as well as more substantial fat deposits, meaning that you do not have to have a certain amount of fat to be a good candidate for treatment.
  • Results are noticeable after the first treatment, with final results noticeable a few months after treatment.
  • Lipodissolve can eliminate the need for chin liposuction surgery.

Am I a good candidate for Lipodissolve?

If you are in good general health and are bothered by excess fat beneath the chin, chances are you can benefit from Lipodissolve. Since Lipodissolve is primarily a fat reduction treatment and will not address significant skin laxity, the best candidates have reasonably good skin elasticity. If are concerned about loose or sagging skin on your neck or jowls, please contaxt us for possible combination treatments. 

What possible side effects should I know about?

The most common side effects with Lipodissolve are temporary, mild to moderate swelling, redness and sensitivity at the injection site. Some patients experience a hard or lumpy texture for up to 14 days after treatment; these effects typically dissipate over a week or two following treatment.

How can I learn more about Lipodissolve?

If you are ready to make your double chin a thing of the past, we encourage you to come in for a consultation with Cosmetic Nurse Jo.

All About The Lip Flip | Harbour Medispa Wilston

Interested in the Lip Flip? Here are 5 things you need to know…

Full, youthful lips are always in style—and lip plumping is one of our most popular uses for dermal fillers. However, not everyone who wants their lips to look fuller necessarily wants or needs fillers to achieve their desired effect. Perhaps you want a very subtle result, or you would prefer to try out a shorter-term option (fillers can last 6 to 12 months). 

If you would like to enhance your lips but feel like fillers aren’t your style, you might consider antiwrinkle injections, in a quick procedure called a “lip flip.” Our injectable specialists have been getting requests for this lip enhancement option at Harbour Medispa and patients who try it love their results.

The antiwrinkle medicine lip flip can be an excellent alternative to fillers for patients who want a more subtle lip enhancement, as well as those who want to enhance the shape of their upper lip with minimal effort.

What is the Lip Flip?

As the name implies, the lip flip involves using Just a few quick injections can help the upper lip relax and roll slightly upward, which allows more of the upper lip to be visible. It is an excellent alternative to fillers for patients who want a more subtle enhancement than fillers provide, or for those who want to enhance the shape of their upper lip with minimal effort.

How does the lip flip work?

To perform an anti-wrinkle lip flip, our injectable specialists make a series of injections just above the upper lip, into the orbicularis oris muscle, which encircles the mouth. This temporarily relaxes the part of the muscle over the upper lip, causing the lip to roll slightly upward so it appears more voluminous and defined. This muscle relaxation can also help smooth vertical lines around the lips. 

Most patients notice the effects within a few days of treatment, with full results in about one week. The effects for lips lasts up to three to four months.

Lip Flip vs Lip Filler

The lip flip isn’t a substitute for lip fillers. We perform both at Harbour Medispa as we have patients who are better suited to one treatment or the other, or both. Our injectable specialists consider your natural lip anatomy, your desired outcome, and your personal preferences when deciding whether antiwrinkle or a dermal filler is the best lip enhancement option for you. 

You likely will be happy with the Lip Flip if: 

  • You would like a subtly more prominent “pout” to your lips
  • You feel your upper lip looks invisible when you smile
  • You want fuller-looking lips but do not want additional volume
  • You want a more temporary treatment (3-4 months)

Fillers are likely a better lip enhancement option if: 

  • You would like additional volume in the upper and/or lower lip
  • You would like to address more severe vertical lip lines
  • You would like to improve overall lip shape and symmetry
  • You want a longer-lasting lip enhancement (6-12 months)

In some cases, the best solution for a patient is to combine neuromodulators with fillers. Using fillers to enhance lip volume and botox to lift the upper lip slightly can achieve a beautiful effect for patients with very thin lips.

How much does the Lip Flip cost?

A Lip Flip at Harbour Medispa is inexpensive from just $50 per treatment. If you’re surprised at how inexpensive this seems, consider that we only need a small number of units to achieve the desired “lip flip” effect. 

It is important to keep in mind that the lip flip only lasts three to four months, and you’ll need to return for treatment about two to three times as often as you would for filler injections. That said can be a very cost-effective solution for patients desiring a subtle, but meaningful improvement in lip appearance.

How can I get a natural lip flip result?

Overtreating is a real risk with inexperienced providers and can limit your ability to move your lips normally. For instance, you may not be able to whistle or use a straw until the treatment starts to wear off if too much is used or if it is injected into the wrong location.

Schedule your Lip Flip at Harbour Medispa Wilston

Our highly trained cosmetic nurse has extensive experience with Botox and fillers. If you’re interested in checking out the lip flip yourself, we invite you to call us for a consultation 0418180949 or book online at www.harbourmedispa.com.au

Retinol Vs Retin A – What’s the difference? | Cosmetic Nurse Jo Wilson

What is the difference between Retinol and Tretinoin | Cosmetic Nurse Blog

What is the difference between retinol and tretinoin (Retin A)? 

It is important to first distinguish what these products are: Retin A is the popular brand name for the drug, tretinoin.  Many people use the name Retin A when referring to any type of tretinoin.  (Similar to the interchangeable use of the words “Kleenex” and “facial tissues.”) Tretinoin is an Rx product and can only be purchased from, or prescribed by, a Doctor; it is a prescription medication thereby prescription strength.  Retinol is the over-the-counter, cosmetic version of tretinoin.  It can be purchased from department stores, pharmacies, etc.  Retinols provide an option for patients/businesses that do not have the medical credentials necessary in prescribing/dispensing tretinoins.

Many people confuse retinol with tretinoin. 

Retinol and retinoic acid are related but distinctly different. Retinols first need to be converted by special enzymes into the active metabolite, retinoic acid. Only retinoic acid directly affects skin cells and helps reduce signs of aging. Tretinoin is retinoic acid and does not need to go through this conversion.

In theory, one should be able to apply retinol to the skin, wait till it gets converted to retinoic acid, and eventually get the known skin benefits of the latter. In reality, the conversion rate is low and varies greatly among individuals. Additionally, when exposed to air either during storage or use, much retinol may get oxidized or degraded even before it can become available for conversion to retinoic acid in the skin. As a result, fewer people respond to most retinol creams than to retinoic acid (tretinoin, Retin A), and the degree of response tends to be less too.

It is true that retinol products tend to have fewer side effects than retinoic acid (tretinoin, Retin A). The reason is the same: lower biological activity of retinol due to slow conversion and, possibly, degradation. However, many high concentrations of retinol can be almost as irritating to the skin as retinoic acid. Various brands have developed high-strength retinol formulas that are more effective than run-of-the-mill retinol products. However, when trying to create a more rapid and more substantial change in patient skin, tretinoin is the form of retinoic acid that is going to provide a more significant change.  Further, tretinoin is ONLY available through a physician/medical practice versus more readily – and easily available – retinol products.

Bottom line

Retinoic acid a.k.a. tretinoin (sold as Retin A, Renova, and other brands) appears to provide a better shot at eliminating fine lines and reducing wrinkles than even the best retinol formulations. Tretinoin users who experience skin irritation and/or chronic peeling can work to eliminate these side effects by reducing the concentration and/or frequency of application while still experiencing the benefits of this Rx strength formulation versus the less effective, cosmetic strength of retinol.

In our cosmetic clinic in Hamilton, you will find our range of Medical Skincare. Real science minus the hype. Beautiful effective and affordable Australian-made medical skincare without any hidden nasties. A skincare range approved by our team of cosmetic doctors are nurses that deliver great value and even better results.

To purchase our Retin-A formulation come into the clinic:

12/71 Racecourse Road, Hamilton Queensland 4007

Postal Orders: Email: nursejowilson@gmail.com for shipping.

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