Tretinoin is a form of Vitamin A. This medication belongs to a family of topical drugs known as retinoids.
Tretinoin is primarily used to treat skin problems such as acne. This medication can promote the healing of pimples that occur on the surface of the face due to acne. Tretinoin may lessen the number of pimples that appear on the skin. This medication may also reduce the frequency and severity of the episodes of acne that occur in those prone to skin problems.
Tretinoin may also be used to improve the physical appearance of the skin. This medication may be used to reduce certain skin problems such as signs of ageing. It may diminish wrinkles that have appeared on the face. It may also be used to reduce any discoloration of the skin. Tretinoin works by affecting the growth rate of the skin cells. This can be used to smoothen rough facial skin.
This medication may have other benefits. Contact your doctor to discover all the positive effects of Tretinoin.
It is important to always adhere to the prescription that has been given to you by your doctor. You should always use Tretinoin in the amounts that your physician has recommended.
This medication should be applied on to the skin.
Tretinoin should be applied to the affected portions of the skin. It is to be used once a day in the night time, before going to sleep.
Skin problems may temporarily worsen before getting better. This medication may take between six weeks to three months to provide results.
In the event of severe or excessive inflammation, contact your local emergency services immediately.
Tretinoin may produce certain adverse reactions when used. Some of the side effects that may be experienced with this medication are:
Painful sensations on the skin
Lightening of skin tone in regions of skin that were treated
Extreme flaking of skin
Severe inflammation of skin
Extremely dry skin
Discoloration of treated areas
Change in skin temperature of treated areas
In the event that you experience any of adverse effects, contact your local physician immediately.
Inform your physician if you have become pregnant and have been prescribed Tretinoin. Tell your doctor before you begin breastfeeding your child.
Do not use this medication if you have experienced an allergic reaction to other retinoids.
Inform your doctor if you have any pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema or are suffering from a sunburn.
Tell your physician if you have been diagnosed with diabetes or an elevated high blood cell count.
There are certain topical agents that may negatively interact with Tretinoin. Do not use Tretinoin if you are already using topical medications with salicylic acid, alcohol, sulphur or resorcinol. This medications may cause the skin to become excessively dry.
It is important to limit your exposure to UV light. Try to avoid sunlight as much as possible. Do not use artificial sources of UV light such as sunbeds or tanning lamps.
Inform your doctor about all the medications, prescribed and over the counter, which you may be taking.