For skin-smoothing effects – look to Tretinoin

Skin care ingredients can be confusing. 

While it can be easy to fall into the trap of the alluring promises of tight, bright and youthful looking skin, it’s important to know what goes on at the chemical level with the active ingredients that are in your skin care routine. 

Whether you are dealing with acne breakouts early on in life or struggling with the effects due to aging, many people turn to Tretinoin for help with these issues and don’t even realize it.

What is Tretinoin you ask? Tretinoin belongs to a class of medications called retinoids – which is one of the most widely researched and proven skincare ingredients available – and is actually the unsung hero of the skin care world.

Retinoids: The fountain of youth 

Retinoids are widely hailed as the best cure-all treatment because of all the hard work it does for your skin behind the scenes. 

Retinoid is the term used to describe a group of topical compounds that are derived from vitamin A – of which there are three: 

  • Adapalene: differin, differin XL
  • Tretinoin: steiva a, retin A micro,  SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0
  • Tazarotene: tazorac

*Also note that this is not the full list of brands. 

Now what exactly is Tretinoin?

Think of Tretinoin as floss for your face. It works to open pores, helps turnover the skin, evens the pigment tone and texture.

As a pharmaceutical form of retinoic acid available only by prescription, Tretinoin is a vitamin A based retinoid used to treat acne other skin diseases partly by keeping skin pores clear. Tretinoin is the most used and most studied anti-aging compound on the market. 

Retinol converts to retinoic acid and is often considered a more tolerable form of vitamin A.  

It can be irritating, so start slow to around 3 times a week and work your way up to daily use. Your skin can peel if it’s too irritating or strong so it’s wise to use medications first and then face cream after if it’s too irritating. SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is the ideal formulation to combine with retinoids as it restores the skin’s essential lipids, minimizing irritation, peeling and redness while also providing an anti-aging effect .

What are the benefits of using Tretinoin?

While we all love to have sun kissed skin and crave the warmth during the sun depraved winter days, we objectively know that the sun is very harmful and the damaging rays can wreak havoc to the skin.

Sunscreens and antioxidants should always be paired when utilizing retinoids as the skin becomes photosensitive. Antioxidants provide advanced environmental protection and are clinically proven to  treat an array of skin conditions while sunscreen will provide protection from the ultraviolet rays preventing free radical damage.

Retinoids like Tretinoin work to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen. They also stimulate the production of new blood vessels in the skin, which improves skin color. After some time, you will notice that your skin tone will be firmer, skin texture smoother, and your overall complexion will be brighter. 

Tretinoin works to treat: 

  • Fine wrinkles, 
  • Dark spots 
  • Rough skin on the face,
  • Acne, 
  • Pigmentation, 
  • And fading age spots.

How does Tretinoin work?

Tretinoin helps promote cell turnover by lightening the skin, replacing older skin with newer skin, and slows down the way the body removes skin cells that may have been harmed by the sun. It helps to stimulate collagen, which leads to the youthful, clearer-skin and unclogs pores by preventing dead cells from building up.  

Tretinoin works best when used within a skin care program and usually takes three to six months of regular use before improvements in wrinkles are apparent—and the best results take six to 12 months and must be used continually to maintain their benefits.

It is not safe to use in pregnancy or lactation – so talk to your doctor before.

SkinCeuticals retinol cream to improve the signs of aging 

SkinCeuticals high-concentration retinol cream improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, skin texture, and blemishes with minimum sensitization. See if it’s the right fit for you today!

We’re proud to be a part of the Danforth community 

Dr. Yadav is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the American Academy of Dermatology and the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. 

Having worked at Women’s College Hospital and the University of Toronto, teaching dermatology to medical students and residents, Dr. Geeta Yadav is a proud and prolific contributor to the field of dermatology. 

Dr. Yadav and the entire team at Skin Science are proud to put down some roots and call the Danforth home! 

Our Vision and Purpose 

Our vision is to treat each patient with an evidence-based approach and to be recognized as Toronto’s premier dermatology clinic. By providing high-quality medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologic care, our aim is to be Toronto’s trusted source for all their dermatology needs.  

Your skin is your largest organ, and just as you would take care of your cardiovascular system, your skin needs ongoing TLC to stay healthy and nourished. That’s where we come in to help. 

Our “patient-first” problem-solving philosophy

We want our cosmetic patients to walk away with a youthful, natural appearance and our medical patients to have the resources necessary to treat skin conditions they may have faced for years.  We are proud to offer a full range of the safest and most advanced medical dermatology from skin cancer screenings to cosmetic treatments to protect the well-being of your skin.

We help give you the expert resources and state-of-the-art treatments to diagnose and resolve any skin conditions or problem areas. 

Our Core Values 

Our dedicated staff aim to make sure everyone has access to expert dermatology and to give patients the best care possible. 

The essence of who we are: 


  • Patient-focused: We operate through the lens of offering efficient, responsive and helpful solutions.
  • Positive: Dr. Yadav is known for her warm personality and her trademark positivity radiates throughout the entire clinic. 
  • Trustworthy and Transparent: We will always take the time to answer all of your questions so you feel comfortable with the entire process. We will always communicate clearly and act with integrity so you can see sustainable results.    

At Skin Science, we foster a culture that calls for our highly-skilled team to go above and beyond to make sure that healthy skin will always be accessible to you. 

Request an appointment and come see the difference for yourself!