Retin A Cream also known as tretinoin cream is used to treat pimples and acne. This cream is also used improve the appearance of the skin in a number of other ways. It helps by reducing fine lines, wrinkles, reducing roughness, improving skin color. Tretinoin cream works by affecting the growth of skin cells and does not repair sun-damaged skin or reverse ageing due to sun exposure. Tretinoin controls acne but does not cure it, and your acne may get worse during the first 7 to 10 days that you use this medication. When treating wrinkles, spotty discoloration or rough skin, it may take between 3 and 6 months before you notice improvement. Regular use of this cream is required before an improvement is seen.
Gently clean your face with a mild or soap-less cleanser and then pat your skin dry. After 20 to 30 minutes, apply a pea sized amount of Retin A Cream to your face. This should be just enough to cover your entire face lightly. Make sure to avoid your eyes, nostrils and mouth. This medication is usually prescribed to be used once a day, before bedtime. You should not wash your face or apply any other skincare products for at least an hour after using this cream.
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Common side-effects may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following side-effects:
Q: How long does it take Retin A Cream to work?
A: If prescribed for acne, your acne may get worse for the first 7 to 10 days that you use this medication. This may include red or scaling skin and an increase in acne sores. Usually 2 to 3 weeks or up to 6 weeks of regular use is needed before a visual improvement is noticeable. When treating fine wrinkles, spotty discoloration or rough feeling skin it may take up to 6 months before you notice improvement. If you stop using tretinoin, the improvement may gradually disappear.
Q: Can I wear make up with Retin A Cream?
A: You may still wear make-up with tretinoin cream unless your doctor has old you not to. If you are using make up, clean the area to be treated before using this cream.
Q: What is the strength of Retin A Cream?
A: Retin A Cream is available in 0.05% and 0.025% strength. Generic alternative, Tretinoin Cream is also available in 0.1% strength.