Dermatologists, celebrities, beauty editors, and your one friend with the really glowy skin all agree: If you want to ensure that your skin-care routine actually does something, you’re going to want a retinoid in your life.
The vitamin A derivatives can be found over-the-counter masquerading under familiar names like “retinol” and “retinyl palmitate,” but you can only get the most potent forms, including tretinoin, with a prescription and a major caveat: In all likelihood, they will irritate the shit out of your skin. The initial redness and peeling might be worth the end result, but bright, smooth, breakout-free skin shouldn’t have to come with a side of suffering.
As of August 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized that fundamental right in an official capacity by approving Altreno, a brand-new acne-fighting lotion that pairs 0.05% tretinoin with proven hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and collagen. With a fast-absorbing finish and lightweight, easy-to-spread texture, Altreno promises to make getting your tretinoin fix less irritating — according to a press release, less than 4% of patients involved in clinical trials reported dryness, pain, irritation, or peeling of any kind — and less annoying overall, eliminating the need for thick creams that tend to pill under moisturizer and makeup.
A clinically-proven prescription retinoid that not only doesn’t leave skin bone dry but actually moisturizes might sound like a pipe dream for the perpetually broken-out, but between the approval of Altreno and the revelation that goats like it when people smile at them, the future is starting to look a little brighter than we thought. (Hopefully we won’t need to revisit that statement after the midterm elections.)
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