Tretinoin is used in the treatment of acne breakouts, to smooth rough facial skin, and to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration.
How it Works
Tretinoin is a form of vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself. Tretinoin topical works by slowing the production of certain natural substances that can cause acne.
Common Side effects
Patients who take Tretinoin may suffer from such side effects; Exfoliation of skin, Stinging of the skin, Localized warm feeling, Mild erythema.
Tretinoin is a medication that is used to help treat the signs of premature ageing on the skin, which happens due to extensive daily exposure of the skin to sunlight. Due to such exposures, the skin ages faster and problems such as acne or pimples may occur. The drug is classified under the medication group known as retinoids. It is applied directly on the skin, on the affected areas. Its application decreases the formation of acne and pimples, and it helps heal the skin effectively.
It can be used directly on the affected area. It is usually available in the forms of cream or gel. It is recommended not to use other cosmetics when applying this medication. Also, chemical based shampoos that have high contents of sulphur should not be used while using this medication as it may lead to severe reactions on the skin. With regular use, a difference can be noticeable on the skin. It also reduces wrinkles and improves skin texture. Many skin care problems can be treated by using this medication. It is only for external usage.
Dosage and administration
This medication should be applied once a day, preferably before bedtime. It is important to wash your hands with a medicated soap before applying the medication. Clean the affected area with a medicated lotion. Take a small quantity of this medication and apply it over the affected area with your finger tips or use a cotton pad to apply the medication on the affected area. This medication can be used once a day or once every 2 to 3 days, as directed by the physician. During the initial days of use, the condition of pimples and acne may worsen and more redness may appear on the skin but with regular use, improvements on the skin can be noticed. Seek advice from the physician when you are in doubt or when you feel discomfort while using this medication.
Consult a doctor before using this medication in case of any prevailing allergies.Avoid exposure to the sun for long periods as the skin is very sensitive when using this medication. It is recommended to use sunscreen when going outdoors.Avoid waxing and other hair removal techniques on the affected area.Avoid using products containing sulphur such as some shampoos.Pregnant ladies and breast feeding mothers should seek advice from the physician before using this medication.
Tretinoin is a cream or gel that is for external use only. Some side effects may be experienced while using this medication. Some common side effects are listed below,Redness of the skin.Itching may occur on the affected area.Rashes may develop.Severe burning and stinging sensation on the skin.Foul odour from the skin.Dryness of the skin.Swelling of the affected area.Skin discolouration.Swelling of eyelids and redness of the eyes.