Retin-A is a topical treatment that belongs to the family of retinoids. Its main component is tretinoin.
Retin-A is used to treat skin conditions such as acne. It facilitates increasing the healing rate of pimples that appear on the face. It may also reduce the number of pimples that surface on other parts of the skin. Retin-A may diminish the severity of the episodes of acne.
Retin-A can also be used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face. It can be prescribed to lessen the presence of wrinkles that may be caused by the ageing process or environmental factors. This medication can also help to even out discolored and uneven skin tones. This medication alters the growth of skin cells and can be used to soften rough facial skin.
Contact your doctor to see if this medication has other benefits for you.
It is important to always follow the prescription that has been provided to you by your physician. Do not use Retin-A in dosages that are smaller or larger than has been instructed.
This medication should be applied on the surface of the skin.
Retin-A should be applied onto the affected parts of the skin. This should be done every night, before going to sleep.
In certain instances, people may notice their symptoms worsening before they get better. It may take between two to six weeks to notice any results with this medication.
In the event of excessive inflammation, contact your local medical emergency center immediately.
There may be certain adverse effects experienced with Retin-A. Some of the side effects that may be experienced are:
Uncomfortable sensations on the skin
Paling of skin where treatment is applied
Significant flaking of skin
Inflammation of skin
Very dry skin
Discoloration of treated area
Rise in temperature of skin
In the event that you experience any of adverse symptoms, contact your physician immediately.
Inform your doctor if you have become pregnant and have been prescribed with Retin-A. Tell your doctor if you wish to begin breastfeeding your child.
Do not use this medication if you have experienced an allergic reaction to tretinoin.
Retin-A can make your skin more sensitive to UV light. When you are using this medication, limit your exposure to sunlight. Do not use artificial sources of UV light such as tanning beds.
Do not use this medication on skin that is peeling or is prone to drying out.
Do not use Retin-A on skin that is broken or open, such as wounds.
Retin-A can cause irritation if placed on certain parts of the face. It is important to not get this medication in your eyes, nose, mouth, or on your lips. In the event that the medication is placed in these areas, wash them out immediately. If you notice continued irritation, notify your physician.
Contact your physician if your skin becomes very inflamed or irritated after using this medication. Tell your doctor if this medication has had no effect on your acne after 3 months of use.