Retin-A Cream (Tretinoin)
What is Retin-A Cream (Tretinoin) used for?
Retin-A Cream (Tretinoin) is a topical cream used to control and treat acne. It can reduce the amount and severity of pimples, while also helping to quickly heal other pimples that develop. The active ingredient in this cream is in a class of drugs known as retinoids, which are effective in treating acne symptoms by affecting skin cells and their growth.
How should I use Retin-A Cream (Tretinoin)?
Before you Retin-A Cream (Tretinoin), you should wash the face with a cleanser. Ensure that your skin is dry, and gently apply enough cream to cover the affected area. Patients are normally directed to apply this cream once per day, just before going to bed or else once every 2 to 3 days. Consult your physician for advice on how often to use it. It is important to note that your acne may worsen during the first 7 to 10 days of treatment. However, you should continue using it, and the acne sores should disappear. It normally takes 2 to 3 weeks, or in some cases over 6 weeks of treatment before improvement is noticed.
What are the side effects of Retin-A Cream (Tretinoin)?
Retin-A Cream (Tretinoin) may cause side effects, such as:
If any of these side effects become bothersome, you should tell your physician.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Retin-A Cream (Tretinoin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.