Retin-A Topical for Acne

Retin-A Topical for Acne


Retin-A is used for treatment of acne. It decreases the abundance and severity of pimples and promote by healing them quickly. Tretinoin is a retinoids. Retin-A takes action on skin by influencing growth of cells, as well as minimizing fine wrinkles.

How to use Retin-A topical

  • Follow doctor’s instructions exactly
  • The Information Leaflet should be read for detailed info.
  • Wash the skin gently with mild cleanser, and warm water before applying Retin-A. The a pea size amount and apply a thin layer on affected areas
  • Avoid spreading to nose cavity, eyes, and inside your mouth,
  • Don’t apply on areas where skin is wounded.
  • Wash hands before and after each application.
  • Use regularly, for maximum benefit.
  • Do not change amount of dose
  • Do not change duration of dose prescribed. It will not improve condition, and increase side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if your condition worsens or does not improve.
  • , use once daily during bedtime
  • Wait 20-30 minutes before applying, after face has been cleaned
  • It takes 8-12 weeks to notice significant results.
  • It is available in different forms and concentrations, depending on the severity of your skin

Side Effects

  • Sensation of warmth
  • Itching
  • Scaling
  • Stinging, while application of the medication.
  • Skin redness
  • Mild burning
  • Dryness
  • Acne may initially worsen, during the first two weeks of use. But this situation decreases overtime due to regular and with continued use. A lotion or moisturizer it to be applied on excessively dry skin
  • Blistering,
  • Eyelid swelling,
  • Swelling of the skin
  • Crusting,
  • Skin discoloration
  • Eye watering ,
  • Seriousallergy reaction such as itching,  rash, swelling of the tongue, face or throat), trouble in breathing Or some dizziness.


  • Before starting use of Retin-A, consult a doctor or pharmacist if you have any other allergies
  • Never use if you are allergic to vitamin A or its related drugs which include, retinoids like,isotretinoin .
  • Avoid getting the med near lips, mouth, eyes or nose.
  • If it spreads into these unwanted areas, then rinse with water.
  • Do not apply on chapped, wind burned, sunburned, irritated, dry, or wounded skin.
  • Do not use if you have ulcerative colitis, intestinal inflammation or if you have previously had severe diarrhea ever caused due to use of an antibiotic.
  • Do not use if you are currently on erythromycin
  • Avoid exposing your skin to artificial UV rays, sunlight, or sunlamps and tanning beds. Makes skin sensitive and it gets sunburn easily. So use a sunscreen and wear covered clothing if you cannot avoid the sun.
  • During cold wind, protect skin with coverage and use moisturizing lotion.
  • Do not use if you have allergy to tretinoin
  • It is not known if this drug can harm a fetus. So it should not be used by pregnant or nursing women as it may absorb into the feeding milk and harm the nursing child.
  • Not to be used by children below age of 12 years.


When two or more medicines are taken together with Retin-A, they may interact and become harmful to the body, this is called Drug interactions. This can change result of medications work, aggravate side effects and reduce effectiveness The level of seriousness of interaction (minor, moderate or major), require a certain course of action to manage the interaction, to prevent harmful side effects.

  • Drug interactions influence the effects and reactions of the consumed medicine, this can be very harmful since it may produce poisonous or aggravated side effects, which will make the patient’s condition even worse.
  • Products that may interact include:
  • Hairperming products
  • Lime, alcohol or menthol containing products for example toners, astringents, after shaves.
  • Medicated cleansers or soaps that may be abrasive.
  • Products that contain resorcinol, sulfur or salicylic acid.
  • Products that contain glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acid.
  • Cosmetics and soaps that may dry the skin excessively.


Using several other drugs that have the tendency to increase sensitivity towards sunlight for example:

  • Phenothiazines, for example, chlorpromazine
  • Water pills, for example, hydrochlorothiazide,
  • Fluoroquinolones such as thiazide, tetracyclines, and ciprofloxacin
  • Sulfa drugs, for example, sulfamethoxazole
  • Also Benzoyl peroxide, which has a drying effect and creates irritation for example, Clearasil, Pro-Activ, it is observed that effectiveness kind of decreases when both these products are applied together at the same time.


  • Do not use or apply Retin-A while you are using another, or if you have to start a prescription of this medication then stop using other ones, beforehand.
  • Although It is not quite a problem if the other drugs you have to take are either oral or have to be inject, these will cause no interaction and will have no significant effect on the topically applied drug. But it should be kept in mind that many drugs can and do interact with each other. So before starting a course tell your doctor about all the medicines you have been using,
  • Read medicine leaflets carefully,
  • Observe extra precaution while using vitamins, over-the-counter medicines, and herbal products along side your prescribed meds.

Avoid sharing this medication with others, and consult a doctor or pharmacist regards to the medicines you are taking meanwhile, including herbal medicines, so you can be sure that it is a safe combination.

Topical products such as soaps, cosmetics, cleansers, and toiletries as well as other anti-acne meds, especially be cautious of astringents or alcohol containing products, because they have an extra drying effect which will irritate skin.


Missed dose

  • Take the dose when you remember.
  • If it is nearly time for next one, then skip it and use according to regular schedule. Never take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.


Seek medical help


  • Keep cap tightly closed
  • Keep at room temperature
  • Keep away from light
  • Keep away from moisture.
  • This gel is flammable so never expose to fire sources.
  • Do not freeze.

Keep away from reach of children.