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Why We’re Recommending Redheads To Not Use Tretinoin

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There has been a lot of talk about tretinoin on TikTok, Instagram, and other social media platforms lately. Specifically the use of tretinoin to clear up skin and keep skin youthful. So what is tretinoin and why are we warning redheads not to use it?

Here’s everything you need to know:

What is tretinoin?

Tretinoin is a medication that is used to improve things like acne, sun damage, fine lines, and dark spots. Tretinoin is also known as retinoic acid or synthetic vitamin A. Although the name is similar, it is not the same thing as retinol which is a natural form of vitamin A. 

READ: 7 Retinol Rules for Redheads with Sensitive Skin 

How do you use tretinoin? 

Tretinoin is prescribed by your doctor or dermatologist and typically comes in a topical cream or gel form. Tretinoin is applied to the skin on a regular basis, typically at night. Every brand of tretinoin will have specific instructions that should be followed by the user. 

Should redheads use tretinoin? 

The short answer is probably not. Redheads who have sensitive skin are not good candidates for Tretinoin. That being said, we know everyone’s skin is different, so always consult with your doctor if you think it might be right for you. Only those who are prescribed tretinoin by their doctor should use it. Tretinoin is very harsh and actually works by irritating the skin. Talk with your doctor and let them know you have sensitive skin, and always spot test new products before applying them all over.

What’s a better option for redheads? 

As mentioned, tretinoin is similar to retinol but is not the same. Retinol is a better choice for redheads because it is much milder, making it safer for sensitive skin, and can be found in many over-the-counter cosmetics and skincare products. 

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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