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Prescribing Information for Retin-A (Tretinoin):
What is Retin-A (Tretinoin)?
Tretinoin is a form of vitamin A which is applied to skin and is used to help the skin to renew itself.
Such brands of tretinoin as Retin-A (Tretinoin) and Avita are intended for treatment of acne. The Renova reduces the fine wrinkle formation and mottled skin discoloration, and makes scabrous facial skin feel smoother.
Tretinoin can also be prescribed for other uses.
What is the most important to know about Retin-A (Tretinoin)?
Keep tretinoin away from sunlight and artificial UV rays, such as sunlamps or tanning beds. When you are using tretinoin topical, your skin can become more sensitive to sunlight that can lead to sunburn. You should use a sunscreen (SPF 15 or more) and put on protective clothes when you are going to go out in the sun. Do not let the medicine to get into your mouth, nose, and eyes or on your lips. If it gets there, wash the area with water. Avoid using tretinoin topical if your skin is dry, chapped, broken, sunburned, windburned, or irritated. Do not use it in injuries or on areas of eczema. You should treat them before you start using tretinoin topical. Do not stop using the medication earlier than prescribed even if you do not see any effect. You may need to use it for weeks or months before you notice that the condition of your skin improves. If you are using tretinoin for treatment of acne, you may feel worse for a short period of time when you start using it. Contact your doctor if the skin irritation worsens severely or if you do not see any effect within 8 to 12 weeks.
How should Retin-A (Tretinoin) be used?
Follow the prescriptions of your doctor carefully. If you change the dose or use the medicine more often than prescribed, it will not become more effective but it can make the side effects worse. Avoid using the medicine for a longer period than prescribed.
Apply tretinoin topical to clean and dry skin. You should wash your hand before and after use of the medication. Do not apply it to wet skin to avoid skin irritation. When using Renova, let at least 20 minutes pass after you wash your face before you apply a thin layer of the medication.
Avoid washing the treated skin area and do not apply any other skin products to the treated area for 1 hour or more after using tretinoin topical.
If you apply too much of tretinoin gel, it may cause \"pilling\" of the medicine. In this case apply a less thick layer of gel next time.
You should follow the complete program of skin care including using tretinoin, avoiding sunlight, using an effective sunscreen and wearing protective clothes.
Do not stop using tretinoin earlier than prescribed even if you do not feel any improvement. You may need weeks or months to notice that the condition of your skin is getting better. If you are using tretinoin for treatment of acne, you may feel worse for a short period of time when you start using it. Contact your doctor if the skin irritation worsens severely or if you do not see any effect within 8 to 12 weeks. Keep tretinoin topical at room temperature protected from heat and moisture. Keep the gel formulations of Retin-A away from fire as they are flammable.
What side effects can Retin-A (Tretinoin) cause?
You should stop taking Retin-A and seek emergency medical attention if you develop any of the following symptoms of allergy: trouble breathing; hives; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. The medication can also cause less serious side-effects, such as: burning, stinging, itching, warmth, tingling, irritation, redness, swelling, dryness, peeling, or discolored skin.
Retin-A (Tretinoin) may also cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you need information about them.