Product Advice for Tretinoin and Hydroquinone

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Tretinoin Advice

Hydroquinone (Melamin / Pigment Control Crème) Advice 

 

Tretinoin Advice

This information is for a standard regimen but should not replace the detailed advice that you may have received from your practitioner.
  • DO NOT use if pregnant or breast feeding
  • MINIMISE sun exposure of affected areas
  • ALWAYS use sun protection (min SPF30) – reapply throughout the day
  • STOP use in the event of any problems and report immediately (minor skin irritation is expected). Send photos and detail to hello@askinology.com

Tretinoin is used to:

  • Accelerate the action of hydroquinone
  • Dry out the skin to prevent acne outbreaks
  • Rejuvenate the skin e.g. improving fine lines & wrinkles, reducing pore size

 

Instructions for use

Apply to clean and dry skin. Apply all over face but concentrate on problem areas and gently rub into the skin.

Wash hands before and after use.

It is possible to have irritation from using tretinoin, especially at the start.

Redness, irritation, dryness and flaking is possible whilst your skin is new to it. This is completely normal and will settle as you get used to it. Think of it like starting a new gym regimen – it takes time to get your fitness up.

If the irritation is too much, stop using the tretinoin until things have settled and start again with a smaller amount.

 

Start with a small amount (the size of a small pea) 2 to 3 times per week and gradually increase amount and frequency as tolerated.

  • If you are using your tretinoin with Melamix, on the days that you are due to use tretinoin, mix it together with the Melamix in the palm of your hand before applying to the face as usual.
  • If you are going to get irritation, you may not see it for 48 hours.
  • If the tretinoin does cause you irritation, you can continue to use your Melamin and/or Melamix as usual (unless they have caused irritation also).
  • If you are comfortable with some downtime, gradually use more/more frequently – in the long run, this will achieve quicker and better results.
  • If you have trouble with reactions, reduce or stop your tretinoin for a few days while they subside.

In event of problems

Contact hello@askinology.com ASAP with photos and information if you have any problems after treatment.

 

Hydroquinone Advice

This information is for a standard regimen but should not replace the detailed advice that you may have received from your practitioner.

 

  • DO NOT use if pregnant or breast feeding
  • MINIMISE sun exposure of affected areas
  • ALWAYS use a minimum of SPF 30 (preferably SPF 50) sunscreen daily e.g. ZO Daily Sheer SPF50. Reapply throughout the day if in direct sunlight.
  • STOP use in the event of any problems (including worsening of pigmentation) and report immediately. Send photos and detail to hello@askinology.com
  • DON’T stop using Melamin or Pigment Control Crème abruptly – gradually reduce over a couple of weeks.
  • Use for up to 7 months (if using daily) before a break of at least 3 months. During the break, use non-prescription products such as ZO Retinol Skin Brightener.

 

Instructions for use

Apply to clean and dry skin. Apply all over face but concentrate on problem areas and gently rub into the skin.

Wash hands before and after use.

It is possible to have irritation from using these products, especially at the start.

Redness, irritation, dryness and even flaking is possible as a result of the Vitamin C, retinol or hydroquinone that is in the products.

 

Start your program gently 

Start with 1 pump twice a day for the first 2 days and slowly build up to your recommended dosing over the next week.

 

AM

PM

  • Cleanse. (Tone and exfoliate if desired/appropriate)
  • Apply up to 2 pumps of Melamin
  • Apply up to 2 pumps of Pigment Control Crème
  • Continue with rest of skin care program as desired
  • Finish with sun protection
  • Cleanse. (Tone and exfoliate if desired/appropriate)
  • Apply up to 2 pumps of Melamin
  • Apply up to 2 pumps of Pigment Control Crème
  • Continue with rest of skin care program as desired

 

What to expect

  • You will NOT see changes immediately.
    • You should notice some change after 4-6 weeks but significant change may not be apparent until 8-12 weeks
    • Continue regimen until desired improvement has been achieved and then consider maintenance regimen: use products fewer days per week (e.g. 3 days per week) as a maintenance regimen.

 

About Hydroquinone (HQ)

  • Melamin and Pigment Control Crème contain 4% HQ.
  • At 4%, HQ is a safe treatment that is the gold standard across the globe for the treatment of hyperpigmentation.
  • When abused at much greater concentrations, HQ can cause problems. These should not be confused with the products that you have purchased.
  • Use a minimum of SPF 30 (preferably SPF 50) sunscreen daily e.g. ZO Daily Sheer SPF50. Reapply throughout the day if in direct sunlight.


Keep your wound clean at all times. If you notice it becoming wet, angry or developing puss, it may be infected. If left untreated, this will affect the end result and so please contact us immediately so that we can advise. You may need an antibiotic cream (which you can also get from your GP or minor injuries centre).

In event of problems

Contact hello@askinology.com ASAP with photos and information if you have any problems after treatment.