Tretinoin, also known as Retin-A®, is a topical form of vitamin A that is used to promote skin rejuvenation. It is most often used to treat rough facial skin, acne, skin discoloration, and fine wrinkles.
Tretinoin is for topical use only and should not be used on broken or irritated skin. The gel should be applied to clean, dry skin with clean hands. The hands should be washed thoroughly after application. Tretinoin should not be applied for at least 20 minutes after washing the face. Only a thin layer of the medication should be used since using an excessive amount of the gel may cause it to “pill” on the skin. Using extra gel or applying it more often than recommended will not produce faster results and can increase the risk of side effects. The medication should be allowed to dry on the skin for at least one hour before washing the skin or applying other products to the treated area. It can take several weeks before the medication produces noticeable results. Patients using tretinoin should avoid excessive sun exposure and wear sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors. Tretinoin should be stored away from heat and moisture at room temperature. It is flammable, so you should not smoke until the gel is completely dry on the skin, and it should not be used near heat or an open flame.
The most common side effects of tretinoin include redness, warmth, stinging, and exfoliation of the skin at the treatment area. If the gel is being used to treat acne, symptoms may appear to worsen for a short time after starting the medication. Tretinoin should not be used in combination with other skin products that can cause skin irritation as this can increase the risk of side effects. Avoid excessive sun exposure.
It is unclear if tretinoin can harm unborn or nursing babies. Women who are nursing, pregnant, or who may become pregnant should consult their doctor before using tretinoin. Contact us today if your doctor has prescribed tretinoin or another medication to treat a skin condition. We offer commercial and compounded medications to treat a wide range of health conditions.
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