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Retin A Cream (Tretinoin cream) is a prescription medication which is used to treat pimples and acne and to improve the appearance of the skin by reducing fine lines, wrinkles, roughness and improving skin color. Retin A Cream affects the growth of skin cells but will not reverse the ageing from sun exposure or repair sun-damaged skin.
This medication is used to control acne but it does not cure it. During the first 7 to 10 days of use, your acne may get worse and regular use of this cream is needed before you will see a visual improvement. When used to treat wrinkles, spotty discoloration or rough skin, it can take between 3 and 6 months before noticeable improvement.
Before using Retin A Cream, you should gently clean your face with a mild cleanser and then pat dry your skin. Wait between 20 and 30 minutes after cleaning before applying a small, pea sized amount of cream to your face. This will be just enough to cover your entire face lightly. Take care to avoid your eyes, nostrils and mouth. Do not wash your face or apply any other skincare products for at least an hour after using this cream.
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Common tretinoin side effects may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects of Retin A Cream:
Q: How long does it take Retin A Cream to work?
This medication does not show immediate results. It may take 6 weeks to see the full effect of this cream for acne, or 6 months when used to treat fine wrinkles, spotty discoloration, and rough feeling skin.
Q: Can I wear make up with Retin A Cream?
A: You can still wear make up unless specifically advised not to by your doctor. If you are using make up, clean the area to be treated before using this cream.
Q: What is the strength of Retin A Cream?
A: Retin A Cream is available in 0.05% and 0.025% strength. Generic alternative, Tretinoin Cream is also available in 0.1% strength.
Q: What should I do if I forget a dose of Retin A Cream?
A: Apply tretinoin cream as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip your missed dose. Do not apply extra cream to make up for a missed dose.