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Acne at any age is a downer. But with this simple step in your skincare routine—consisting of prescription-strength retinoids and antibiotics that help control acne-causing bacteria—you can get your face back under control. Our physicians will help you choose the right strength and frequency for you. Soon enough, you’ll be in the clear.
Formulated with clindamycin, niacinamide and tretinoin, this topical solution is custom formulated for you to help stop acne-causing bacteria from reproducing. It will also help to decrease inflammation associated with acne and increase cellular turnover in your skin—leaving your skin looking and feeling healthy and renewed.Learn: Tretinoin cream to treat acne
Because these topical medications are prescribed to you after an online consultation with a doctor through our platform—and personally formulated for your needs—these are not available over the counter. However, the process with hims is much easier than getting a typical in-person dermatologist referral. With us, you can get a prescription entirely through your phone—and for a fraction of the price. A dream process for your dream face. 😏Learn: Is tretinoin OTC?
Use this product as instructed by the doctor. A pump or two usually does the trick. Your doctor may recommend you start slow - such as every third night - then ramp up to nightly after your skin adjusts. If you experience any side effects, you can connect with a doctor through our platform. 👏 👋 Later, acne.Learn: How to use tretinoin cream
Because this treatment promotes cell turnover (shedding that old skin), it's normal to see some dry, red or flaky spots in the beginning. To help with the dry spots, you can use a moisturizer—but be sure it's free of alcohol, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and other exfoliators to avoid extra irritation. Connect with a doctor through our platform if you are concerned about any reaction you're experiencing.Learn: How long until tretinoin works
Developed in the late 1950s, tretinoin is one of the most well studied topical retinoids available. The wealth of scientific research on tretinoin covers several decades, but where do you start? Read on for an overview of landmark studies about tretinoin as an acne medication.
In this study, researchers compared various topical retinoids to see which was the most effective at treating inflammatory acne.
The study involved 577 patients who were given tretinoin 0.1% microsponge, tretinoin 0.025% gel, tazarotene 0.1% cream, tazarotene 0.1% gel and adapalene 0.1% gel, or a non-therapeutic vehicle over the course of 12 to 15 weeks.
52% of the study participants were women, whereas 48% were men. The mean age was 18-20 years and the patients all suffered from some degree of inflammatory acne.
By rating photographs of the patients, researchers found that 31% and 28% of patients given tretinoin microsponge and tretinoin gel experienced a clinically relevant improvement in acne over the course of the study.
In this report, researchers list the results from two similar studies of tretinoin gel .05% as a topical acne treatment.
In the studies, randomized patients aged 10 and up with mild to moderate acne received a non-therapeutic vehicle, tretinoin gel .05% or tretinoin gel microsphere .1% once daily over a period of 12 weeks.
After 12 weeks, the tretinoin gel .05% group had a significantly higher treatment success rate than the vehicle group. Adverse effects were “mild to moderate” and were slightly lower in the tretinoin microsphere .1% than the tretinoin gel .05% group.
The report concluded that tretinoin gel .05% applied daily is “well-tolerated and effective” for treating acne vulgaris, with a low risk of skin-related side effects.
This study compared tretinoin 0.025% and clindamycin 1% with benzoyl peroxide 2.5% gel and clindamycin 1% gel, and benzoyl peroxide 2.5% gel and nadifloxacin 1% cream to see which of the treatment combinations was most effective at reducing acne.
The study involved 100 people aged 15 to 35 with inflammatory and/or non-inflammatory acne lesions. The study participants were assessed at zero, four, eight and 12 weeks to assess the performance of the acne treatments.
Acne lesions were reduced from 13.70 ± 4.80 to 7.40 ± 3.69 after four weeks of treatment for patients in the tretinoin and clindamycin group, with a further reduction in acne lesions to 1.30 ± 2.95 by the end of the study.