Retinoid Creams

We have summarized in this article all the facts and information about retinoid creams that could be found on the web, and included links to the sources of information.

Types of retinoid creams and general information

Retinoid creams are available in various levels of strengths, depending on the active ingredients and the concentrations. Some can only be prescribed by a physician (usually those with stronger active ingredients) while others can be purchased over-the-counter. The stronger retinoid creams improve the appearance of the skin faster, but have stronger side effects when you first start using them.
Depending on the skin condition treated, it may take 6 weeks (e.g. for acne) to 12 months (e.g. for wrinkles) of regular use before improvements in the appearance of the skin may be observed.
Caution: Pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding, and women who are planning on becoming pregnant should not use retinoids.

Retinoid creams may be helpful for several skin conditions


Possible side effects

You can minimize these side effects by:


Other names

Retinol is simply another name for vitamin A. It's a type of retinoid, the family of chemical compounds related to vitamin A. Other retinoids include: retinoic acid (also known as tretinoin), retinyl palmitate, and retinaldehyde.