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Retin A Cream (Tretinoin Cream) is topical cream used for acne treatment to decrease the overall amount of acne pimples on your skin as well as helping them heal quicker. Retin-A Cream contains Tretinoin and is know as a retinoid that helps alter the growth of skin cells to prevent and heal acne.
Before using Retin A Cream (Tretinoin Cream) make sure to read all the available information given to you be your pharmacist and doctor. Before applying the cream make sure to wash your hands and face taking care to clean the effected areas. It is best to wait a few minutes to let your skin dry completely before applying the cream. Measure a drop of the cream on the tip of your finger roughly the size of a pea. Massage the measured dose into the skin of the effected areas creating a thin layer. This should be done once daily before you sleep.
Speak with your doctor about known allergies before using Retin A Cream (Tretinoin Cream) as there are some ingredients that can induce allergic reactions. Disclose any prior medical history, current medication and any supplementation you are taking to ensure a safe and effective acne treatment with Retin-A Cream.
This medication can take upwards to 12 weeks to see symptom relief, and should be used regularly for best results.
Sensitive areas on your body like the eyes, mouth and inside the nose can be easily irritated if they come into contact with the cream. Flush the area thoroughly with water if the cream gets into your eyes or any other sensitive area. Avoid use if the skin is cracked, cut, sunburned, or you have eczema.
While using Retin A Cream (Tretinoin Cream) avoid any hair removal that involves chemicals, electrolysis or waxing on the effected areas. Tretinoin Cream is known to make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. You should limit sun exposure whenever possible and wear protective clothing along with sunscreen to protect your skin.
Some side effects can include:
burning, stinging, warmth, or tingling sensation of the skin after application, chapping or slight peeling of the skin, increased sensitivity to sunlight, redness of the skin, skin rash, temporary darkening or lightening of the skin, unusual dryness of the skin
Speak with your doctor if any of these side effects become too severe. Your doctor, pharmacist or dermatologist will be able to help you manage these side effects.
Q: Can I use this cream while pregnant or breast feeding?
A: There is not enough medical data to know if the breast milk can be affected in nursing mothers. It is best to speak with your doctor about the risk of using this cream while breast feeding. Consult with your doctor about using Retin-A Cream during pregnancy and the risks associated with it.
Q: How should I store Retin A Cream?
A: This should be stored at room temperature away from children and pets. Never dispose this medication in wastewater. If you are unsure of how to safley dispose unwanted or expired medications speak with your local pharmacist for disposal options.
Q: I noticed there are different percentages of Retin A Cream, which one do I choose?
A: The percentages notates the amount of Tretinoin in the cream and denotes the overall strength. Percentages of Tretinoin can range from 0.01% to 0.1%. Speak with your doctor or dermatologist to help you decide which percentage will be most effective for your acne treatment.
Q: I noticed there is also a gel instead of a cream, what is the difference?
A: These skin products are roughly the same and serve the same purpose. The subtle difference is that the gel contains more alcohol and can make the skin dry, while the cream has less alcohol and is a little more gentle on the skin. Try using the gel during summer seasons and the cream during winter colder seasons for optimum skin effect. Speak with your doctor or dermatologist to know which is the best fit for your skin treatment.
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