Use Retriderm in the evening, building up from 1-2 times per week to 3-4 times per week. Always use Heliocare broad spectrum, high-level UV protection during the day when using Retriderm as you will become more sensitive to photo-damage.
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, which has been clinically proven to improve the appearance and texture of the skin. It does this by reducing fine lines; reversing some of the effects of sun damage, such as pigmentation and roughness. It needs to be used regularly over a period of time to achieve these effects. It can also be used to improve some forms of acne.
Cumulative damage to the skin, due to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from chronic sun exposure may result in visible clinical changes characterised as photo ageing or sun damage. These include both fine and coarse wrinkling and a yellow, lax, rough and mottled pigmentation of the skin.
Retriderm™ is proven in clinical studies and assessments to provide clinically significant skin improvement after only 4 weeks daily use. Ongoing daily use provides further significant improvement and its long-term use is highly recommended.
The skin problems Retriderm™ can significantly improve include:
facial wrinkles, including those around the eye and crow's feet
skin laxity and tightness
Retriderm™ 2 step Regeneration Programme
How to use Retriderm:
The 0.5% serum should be applied to the face once daily, avoiding the eyes, nostrils and mouth. Retriderm is recommended for evening application only as its use can increase UV sensitivity.
Apply a pea-sized amount of serum, (one or two pumps), to clean dry skin, lightly covering the affected areas. Wash hands after use. Allow the Retriderm to soak in and wait until dry before applying other products. Sometimes you may need to reduce the frequency of application to 2 or 3 times per week, until your skin gets used to the cream, and then it can be used more often.
Once the 0.5% serum is finished, start to use the stronger, 1.0% serum, in a similar way, and continue with this as directed by your practitioner.
Do not use more often than daily or in large amounts. It will not give faster or better results but will increase the risk of side effects.
Do not use on sunburnt skin, or if you suffer from eczema or dermatitis. If used for acne, apply directly to the affected areas. The acne may worsen at first and then improve.
Effect of this medication will be gradual with most improvement seen in the first six months of continued therapy. Once the maximum beneficial effect has been achieved it can be maintained by continuing to apply Retriderm Cream one to three times a week.
You may experience mild redness or stinging, itching, burning, skin scaling; peeling and dry skin for the first few weeks as your body adjusts to the medication. If these symptoms persist please call us for advice.
Before taking this medication you must advise us of any pre-existing skin conditions or allergies. This medication increases your sensitivity to the sun. Limit sun exposure and do not use sun beds. Use a high factor sunscreen (30+). You also must tell us of any other medication you may be taking. Finally Retriderm cream should not be used during pregnancy or if you are breast-feeding.
Retriderm should be used in conjunction with a comprehensive skin care and sun avoidance programme.
For more Information please click on the PDF's below;
Retriderm brochure (PDF file)
Safety and use warning and considerations
Vitamin A Products that contain Vitamin A (including Retriderm, Endocare CELLPRO, NeoRetin and BiRetix) must have the following text bought to the attention of the consumer before they purchase the product.
“This product contains Vitamin A. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or considering becoming pregnant we recommend that you do not use this product.
Please also be aware that Vitamin A helps to normalise skin cell activity, and as such increases the production of new skin cells. This may provide some short-term dryness. If irritation or persistent dryness occurs, reduce the frequency of application while the skin returns to normal, then resume use, building back up to the recommended usage. Always read and follow the directions for use on the product packaging.
Vitamin A can also make the skin more sensitive to daylight, always apply high level, broad spectrum sun protection such as Heliocare 360˚ to the skin every morning to prevent any inflammation and damage that can occur as a result of this increased sensitivity.