What is Retin-A Cream used for?
It is used for treating acne. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. It is a vitamin A derivative. How it exerts its beneficial effects against acne is not fully known. Tretinoin appears to increase skin-cell turnover and to reduce the tendency for skin cells to stick together. This reduces the formation of acne and allows quicker healing of acne that does develop.
Do NOT use Retin-A Cream if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Retin-A Cream
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if this applies to you.
Before using this cream:
Some medical conditions may interact with Retin-A Cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have eczema, an abnormally high white blood cell count, or a sunburn
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Retin-A Cream. Because little, if any, of Retin-A Cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Retin-A Cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to properly use Retin-A Cream:
Use Retin-A Cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Retin-A Cream is for external use only.
- Remove all cosmetics with a mild soap before applying Retin-A Cream. Gently dry the area. Wait 20 to 30 minutes to make sure that your skin is completely dry.
- Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area. Rub in gently.
- Wash your hands immediately after using Retin-A Cream.
- If you miss a dose of Retin-A Cream, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Retin-A Cream.
Important safety information for Tretinoin (Retin-A):
- Tretinoin is for external use only. Avoid getting Tretinoin in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get Tretinoin in your eyes, rinse thoroughly with water.
- Tretinoin may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Tretinoin. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
- For the first 2 to 3 weeks of treatment, your skin condition may appear to worsen. This is expected. Do not stop using Tretinoin at this time.
- Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or products on your skin. While you are using Tretinoin, you may use cosmetics.
- Do not apply Tretinoin to skin that is sunburned. Wait until the burn is fully healed before using Tretinoin.
- Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- Avoid using other topical medication, cosmetics, or other products that have a strong drying effect. If you have dry skin from using these products, allow your skin to “rest” before using Tretinoin.
- Do not use Tretinoin for any condition other than that for which it was prescribed.
- Weather extremes, such as windy or cold weather, may irritate your skin more while you are using Tretinoin.
- Tretinoin may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Tretinoin while you are pregnant. It is not known if Tretinoin is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Tretinoin, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include clumsiness; dizziness; excessive redness, peeling, and discomfort; flushing; headache; stomach pain. Retin-A Cream may be harmful if swallowed.
How to store Retin-A Cream:
Store Retin-A Cream at room temperature, between 59 and 80 degrees F (15 and 26 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat and light. Keep Retin-A Cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Retin-A Cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Retin-A Cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Retin-A Cream. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
This article is for informational purposes only. For further instructions on Retin-A Cream consult with your doctor.
Apply daily on dry and clean skin.
Possible side effects:
- sensitivity to sun
- skin irritation
- allergic reactions