Retin A Gel & Cream Uses
Chemical Name: TRETINOIN (TRET-i-noyn)
Retin A is a vitamin A derivative used to treat acne. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor. Tretinoin is used to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration, and to make rough facial skin feel smoother.
Retin A gel is available for purchase online at Canada Pharmacy
Each gram of tretinoin cream contains 0.1% tretinoin in a bland, hydrophilic base.
The inactive ingredients include:
- Butylated hydroxytoluene
- Isopropyl myristate
- Polyoxyl (40) stearate
- Purified water
- Sorbic acid
- Stearic acid
- Stearyl alcohol
- Xanthan gum
Retin A gel 0.025 should be applied once daily at bedtime to lightly cover the areas being treated. The area of application should be thoroughly cleaned with mild soap and water and patted dry with a soft towel. Apply a small amount on your fingertip and spread it on the skin where acne lesions appear.
Avoid rubbing the medication into the skin. After 3 to 6 weeks of treatment, you may notice new blemishes. Keep using this medication as you will notice a gradual improvement over 8 - 10 weeks.
Keep the medication away from the corners of the nose, mouth, eyes, and easily irritated areas. Avoid applying excess amounts as the medication may run into the eyes and other areas that should be avoided. Tretinoin should not be applied to areas of the skin where you have other problems such as eczema, severely inflamed skin, or open skin lesions. Use of sunscreen is recommended. Prolonged exposure to sunlight, sunlamps, wind, and cold should be avoided during treatment. If you are going to be exposed to the sun, use a sunscreen with minimum SPF 15 and wear protective clothing.
It is important that this medication is applied exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Gel products are flammable and should be kept away from the heat of the flame.
Side effects that may occur while taking this medication include:
- Burning feeling
- Stinging or tingling of the skin
- Chapping or slight peeling of the skin
- Redness of the skin
- Unusual dryness of skin
- Unusually warm skin
Product Code: 1776
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