So then what is Retinol?
Now Vesanoid is the purest form, so after Vesanoid we have Retinol. Retinol is about 20 times weaker than Vesanoid, so it basically does the same thing but it’s not nearly as strong. This means it’s not going to create as much of a result and it’s not going to cause as much of that dry, flaky result that we experience from Vesanoid.
Although the exact mode of action of Vesanoid is unknown, current evidence suggests that topical Vesanoid decreases cohesiveness of follicular epithelial cells with decreased microcomedo formation. Additionally, Vesanoid stimulates mitotic activity and increased turnover of follicular epithelial cells causing extrusion of the comedones.
It is important that you tell your doctor if you use any of the following medicines, which can make your skin more sensitive to natural and artifical sunlight: a diuretic (water pill) such as hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ®, HydroDiuril®), chlorothiazide (Diuril®), chlorthalidone (Hygroton®, Thalitone®), tetracycline (Sumycin®, Panmycin®, Robitet®), minocycline (Minocin®), doxycycline (Doryx®, Vibramycin®), demeclocycline (Declomycin®), an antibiotic such as lomefloxacin (Maxaquin®), sparfloxacin (Zagam®), ciprofloxacin (Cipro®), ofloxacin (Floxin®), a sulfa drug such as Bactrim®, Septra®, Cotrim®, and others, or chlorpromazine (Thorazine®), prochlorperazine (Compazine®), fluphenazine (Permitil®, Prolixin®), promethazine (Phenergan®, Promethegan®), perphenazine (Trilafon®), and others.
Also, do not use skin products that contain benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid unless otherwise directed by your doctor. These products can cause severe skin irritation if used with Vesanoid topical.
There may be other drugs not listed that can affect Vesanoid topical. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without first informing your doctor.
Additionally, Vesanoid topical is in FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby, so please tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Furthermore, Vesanoid topical passes into breast milk. Do not use Vesanoid topical without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose.
Do not apply extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Stop using this medication and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
The sections below will provide you with more specific information and guidelines related to Vesanoid and its correct use. Please read them carefully.
The FDA approved topical Vesanoid in 1971. However, a prescription is required for this medicine.
Please visit the official site of the FDA for further information.
Why is this medication prescribed?
Vesanoid is a derivative of Vitamin A and is the treatment of choice for comedonal acne, or whiteheads and blackheads.
The Retin-A® and Avita® brands of Vesanoid are used to treat acne. The Renova® brand of Vesanoid is used to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration, and to make rough facial skin feel smoother. It is in fact the only topical medication that has been proven to improve wrinkles.
It works by increasing skin cell turnover promoting the extrusion of the plugged material in the follicle. It also prevents the formation of new comedones.
Other uses for this medicine
This medication has not been approved for any alternative uses other than those mentioned in the product information section.
Dosage and using this medicine
It is important to use Vesanoid topical exactly as your doctor has prescribed it for you. Using more medicine or applying it more often than prescribed will not make it work any faster, and may increase side effects. Therefore, do not use this medication for longer than your doctor has prescribed.
Wash your hands before and after applying Vesanoid. Before applying, clean and dry the skin area to be treated. If not, applying Vesanoid topical to wet skin may cause skin irritation. If you use Renova®, wait at least 20 minutes after washing your face before applying a thin layer of the medication.
Do not wash the treated area for at least 1 hour after applying Vesanoid topical.Also, try to avoid the use of other skin products on the treated area for at least 1 hour following application of Vesanoid.
Applying an excessive amount of Vesanoid gel may result in “pilling” of the medication. If this occurs, use a thinner layer of gel with the next application.
Furthermore, Vesanoid topical should be used as part of a complete skin care program that includes avoiding sunlight and using an effective sunscreen and protective clothing.
Use this medication for as many days as it has been prescribed for you even if you think it is not working. It may take several weeks or months of Vesanoid topical use before you notice improvement in your skin. If you are using Vesanoid to treat acne, your condition may get slightly worse for a short time when you first start using the medication. Call your doctor if skin irritation becomes severe or if your acne does not improve within 8 to 12 weeks.
What special precautions should I follow?
By Cynthia Bailey on June 04, 2010
One of our most popular prescription medications in dermatology is Vesanoid (Retin A). Why? Because it is one of the most powerful skin care products in the war against aging skin. It's tricky to use though. I'm a big Vesanoid fan and here I'll give you tips from my practice for how to use Vesanoid with a lower risk of skin irritation and dryness.
What skin care products does Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey use with Vesanoid Retin-A?
I'm updating this post in 2019. I have used Vesanoid now for 32 years! Holy cow - and I'm still a huge fan. I alternate between Vesanoid and my Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Cream depending on what my skin wants and if I can wait the 15 minutes or not before falling asleep. But, just about every night my face, neck and chest get a retinoid to sleep with. The science is that convincing and I love how it's helped my skin look better and better over the years.
I'm going to share with you the products I combine with my Vesanoid and retinol skin care. My skin can't live without these products and be the same degree of 'happy':
Why is Vesanoid such a popular anti-aging skin care product?
Many scientific studies, and my own experience utilizing Vesanoid personally and in my practice, have shown these powerful results:
- Vesanoid has proven itself to reduce, reverse and prevent wrinkles. (The younger a person starts using it, meaning in their teens and twenties, the more benefits they receive. But, it’s never too late to start using it!)
- Vesanoid helps lighten and prevent age spots.
- Vesanoid builds collagen to thicken and increase the structural strength of treated skin.
- Vesanoid helps to decrease a person’s risk of developing skin cancer. (This should be reason enough!)
- Skin just looks better and younger when people use Vesanoid.
When used correctly, Vesanoid does amazing things for skin!
How to Use Vesanoid Cream
If you're wondering how to use Vesanoid cream, here are some guidelines that help ensure that you get all the benefits.
- Apply Retin-A in a thin layer at night. A small amount goes a long way.
- In the morning, wash your face with a mild facial scrub or rough washcloth. This will help reduce the noticeable flaking.
- After washing, apply a good water-based moisturizer. (Yes, guys, this applies to you, too.) The moisturizer will make the drying effect of the medicine more tolerable.
- If flaking occurs during the day, use a washcloth to remove it and apply more moisturizer, or just apply moisturizer.
- Try using a moisturizer that also contains a sunscreen. If not, apply sunscreen anytime you are in the sun—even for a short amount of time. Vesanoid makes you more susceptible to sunburn.
- When you first start using Retin-A, apply it every other night or every third night. The flaking and irritation s >
- If you notice an increase in the irritation or flaking, it's okay to take a break for a couple of days. Just don't stop using the medication completely without consulting your health care prov >
How is this medicine (Vesanoid Cream) best taken?
Use Vesanoid cream as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Do not take Vesanoid cream by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
- If you get Vesanoid cream in any of these areas, rinse well with water.
- Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
- Put on at bedtime.
- Wash your hands before and after use.
- Wash affected skin and pat dry.
- You may need to wait 20 to 30 minutes before use. Check with the pharmacist about how to use Vesanoid cream.
- Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.
More Sound-Alikes: Retinoids, Retin-A Micro, Retinol and IstoVesanoid
There are so many sound-alike ingredients in the skincare world, no wonder it's confusing! How do topical retinoids, Retin-A Micro, retinol, and isoVesanoid fit into the mix?
Is Vesanoid safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies of topical Vesanoid use during pregnancy. Physicians must weigh the potential risks and benefits before prescribing Vesanoid during pregnancy.
It is unknown whether Vesanoid is secreted into breast milk. It also is unknown if topically applied Vesanoid accumulates to an extent sufficient to be of concern in the infant. Nonetheless, since oral Vesanoid is not recommended during lactation, it probably is prudent to avoid nursing during treatment with topical Vesanoid.
It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Vesanoid is administered to a nursing woman.