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How to get a prescription for niacinamide and tretinoin? | Where can you get a customized formula? | Benefits of using tretinoin and niacinamide together | What is niacinamide? | Benefits | What is tretinoin? | Benefits
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Niacinamide (vitamin B3) and tretinoin (a derivative of vitamin A) are both popular skincare ingredients, which have complementary benefits which is why it can be beneficial when used together.
Tretinoin (also known as all-trans retinoic acid) is well-known for increasing cell turnover, boosting collagen, treating acne, and diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but it can be quite irritating on the skin1.
Tretinoin is usually prescribed for mild to moderate acne, it addresses hyperpigmentation, refines rough skin textures by promoting cell turnover, and may improve the appearance of stretch marks. Furthermore, tretinoin plays a role in anti-aging, reducing fine lines and wrinkles by boosting collagen production and enhancing skin elasticity2 3 .
Niacinamide on the other hand, is a water-soluble vitamin that can help improve the skin barrier, reduce inflammation, lighten hyperpigmentation, and control oil production. It reduces enlarged pores, tightens slackened pores, enhances uneven skin tone, smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, combats dullness, and fortifies a compromised surface4.
Without protection, the skin can look aged, lackluster, and less radiant. Niacinamide acts as a protective shield for skin, also strengthening the skin’s barrier — its primary defense — mitigating environmental damage and aiding in the repair of cumulative harm caused to your skin by UV rays and lifestyle5.
If you want to learn more in depth about tretinoin, read our Tretinoin Guide for Patients by expert dermatologist Dr. Alpana Mohta.
Can you use tretinoin and niacinamide together?
When tretinoin and niacinamide are combined into a single compounded formulation, the synergistic effects can offer multiple benefits for the skin.
How to get a prescription for niacinamide and tretinoin?
For just $59, you can request a prescription for niacinamide and tretinoin by engaging in a brief photo consultation with a dermatologist. Simply spend a few minutes answering questions about your condition, upload skin photos, and specify the medications you desire.
Within three days, your designated dermatologist will evaluate your information and issue your prescription.
Request a prescription for tretinoin and niacinamide!
Can I get a customized formula with niacinamide and tretinoin?
Yes, with a virtual consultation, when consulting with an online dermatologist, they can prescribe a customized formula via Skin Medicinals that includes tretinoin and niacinamide for acne or anti-aging.
What are the benefits of using niacinamide and tretinoin together?
Reduced skin irritation
Tretinoin can be quite irritating to the skin, especially when it is first introduced into a skincare routine. Niacinamide’s anti-inflammatory properties can help counteract some of this irritation and dryness caused by tretinoin.
Addresses multiple skin concerns at once
The combined formula of niacinamide and tretinoin can target acne, acne scars, dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture at the same time..
The combined anti-inflammatory properties of niacinamide with the cell turnover benefits of tretinoin can provide enhanced results in addressing various skin concerns like acne, pigmentation, and signs of aging.
Affordable skin treatment
With Skin Medicinals, getting a compounded medication is more affordable than purchasing two separate products.
Simplified skincare routine
Combining both active ingredients into one product can simplify your skincare routine, making it easier for you to apply the medication consistently.
What is niacinamide and what is it used for?
Niacinamide strengthens skin’s protective barrier, helps retain moisture, and promotes the production of proteins and ceramides. It also aids in skin cell development and boosts cellular energy levels.
Due to the many benefits it has on the skin, niacinamide is a widely used ingredient used in cosmetics for barrier repair, aging skin, pigment correction and acne. For aging skin, niacinamide smoothens wrinkles and refines surface texture. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which help improve conditions like acne and rosacea6.
Benefits of niacinamide
Strengthens skin barrier
Niacinamide helps improve the skin’s barrier function, leading to decreased water loss and increased hydration7.
Reduces sebum production
Niacinamide can help regulate the production of sebum (oil), which can be beneficial for those with oily or acne-prone skin8.
Niacinamide can help treat hyperpigmentation, which means it can lighten dark spots and even out skin tone9.
Niacinamide may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles10.
Niacinamide has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help calm and soothe skin, making it beneficial for conditions like acne and rosacea11.
Niacinamide offers protection against environmental stressors like pollution and UV radiation12 .
Improves skin texture
The regular use of niacinamide can lead to smoother skin with a refined texture13.
Reduced pore appearance
Niacinamide can help reduce the size of pores over time.
Niacinamide is generally well-tolerated, especially in topical skincare products and it doesn’t tend to cause side effects besides a rare but possible allergic reaction.
What is tretinoin and what is it used for?
Tretinoin is a one of the best acne treatments there is and it belonging to the class of prescription retinoids. Tretinoin helps regulate different skin cells processes for example, how they develop and mature which is beneficial to manage different skin problems14.
Benefits of tretinoin
Tretinoin can help decrease the inflammation associated with acne lesions, reducing discomfort15.
Stimulates collagen production
Tretinoin inhibits collagenase, an enzyme that breaks down collagen fibers. Collagen supports the skin’s thickness, leading to a reduction in wrinkles with smoother and more youthful-looking skin16.
Stimulates cell turnover
Tretinoin accelerates the turnover of skin cells, which involves shedding the outermost layer of dead skin cells and replacing them with new ones revealing younger skin cells17.
Normalization of keratinization
Tretinoin helps regulate the process of keratinization which can lead to the formation of plugs within hair follicles, contributing to the development of acne breakouts18.
Tretinoin helps lighten sunspots, and uneven skin tone19.
Common side effects include skin irritation, peeling, heightened sun sensitivity, dryness, redness, a tingling or burning sensation, potential hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones due to irritation, and an initial increase in breakouts, often called “tretinoin purging.”
For guidance on how to use tretinoin effectively and safely, please refer to our comprehensive ‘How to use tretinoin guide’.
The combination of tretinoin and niacinamide bring many benefits to the skin whether you want to use them for anti-aging or acne. Even though you can get these two ingredients independently from each other, the advantage of getting a compounded medication is that you simplify your skin care routine, you make sure you get an adequate dosing of both and you get to save some money in the process!
Request a prescription for tretinoin and niacinamide