Tretinoin cream is mainly prescribed to treat acne, sun-damaged skin, and fine wrinkles. Tretinoin Cream contains tretinoin in one of three strengths (0.025%), (0.05%) and (0.1%)
What is tretinoin?
Tretinoin is a form of vitamin A, also known as all trans retinoic acid. When applied to the skin, it reduces oil production in the skin, replenishes acne-prone skin, and helps keep your pores open. Tretinoin works by irritating the skin. Tretinoin is able to speed up the life cycle of skin cells. It makes them divide faster and die faster, so newer, healthier cells can take their place.
To treat blood cancer, it works by slowing the growth of certain types of diseased blood cells, and promotes the growth of normal, mature cells in the bone marrow and blood. This helps to treat blood cancer (acute promyelocytic leukemia).
Tretinoin Cream Uses
Tretinoin is used in the treatment of acne and Acute promyelocytic leukemia. For acne, it is applied to the skin as a cream, gel, or ointment. For leukemia, it is taken by mouth for up to three months. Topical tretinoin is also the most extensively investigated retinoid therapy for photoaging.
Tretinoin is also used in treatment for hair loss, potentially as a way to increase the ability of minoxidil to penetrate the scalp
EXPERT ADVICE FOR USING TRETINOIN CREAM
Tretinoin Cream reduces excessive oil production of the skin. Ideally, a pinpoint application at nighttime is recommended.
- Clean the affected area with water and a non-medicated soap. Let it dry for 20-30 minutes before applying Tretinoin.
- It may increase the severity of the spots or pimples in the first few weeks of use. Continue using it as prescribed by your doctor.
- It may cause a stinging sensation or a feeling of warmth when you first start using it. Inform your doctor if this persists.
- Avoid exposure to sunlight while using Tretinoin as it increases the sensitivity of your skin. Use protective measures such as sunscreen or protective clothing.
- Avoid face waxing and laser treatment while using this medicine as it makes your skin more fragile.
- Avoid taking tetracycline (e.g. doxycycline) as it may reduce the Tretinoin activity.
- Do not use Tretinoin if you are pregnant.
- Inform your doctor if excessive skin dryness or skin sensitivity takes place.
Common side effects of Tretinoin
The most common side effects include irritation, dryness, and redness of the skin. They are usually mild and improve as your body gets used to tretinoin. Drink plenty of water and use moisturizer as it may lead to dryness of the mouth, lips, and eyes. Let your doctor know if these side effects bother you or do not go away. Serious side effects with tretinoin are rare.
Before And After Using Tretinoin Cream
Tretinoin Cream FAQs
Your doctor will decide whether you can continue taking or stop taking Tretinoin before cosmetic procedures. However, it is advised to not undergo hair removal or laser treatments while using Tretinoin. Please inform your doctor about all the medicines you are taking before starting the treatment with this medicine. Also, consult the doctor before starting any cosmetic procedure.
Yes, Tretinoin is safe to use when taken as advised by your doctor. However, like all medicines, even this medicine has some side effects, but it is not necessary that anyone who is taking these medicines might get these side effects. Please talk to your doctor if you get any unpleasant effects while taking this medicine.
Your doctor will decide the duration of your treatment depending on the severity of your disease and the results of your lab tests. Usually, the treatment with Tretinoin takes around 4-5 months.
It is important to consult your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant while taking Tretinoin. Ideally, pregnancy is not advised because this medicine can harm your baby. However, if you do get pregnant during the treatment with Tretinoin, consult your doctor.
One of the most common side effects of Tretinoin includes dryness of skin, nose and lips. Tretinoin reduces the secretion of oil which results in skin dryness. Dryness due to Tretinoin can be managed by applying moisturizers or lubricants like Vaseline. You can also apply lip balm to relieve cracked and dry lips. Drink enough water to keep our body hydrated.
Tretinoin is a form of vitamin A. When applied to the skin, it reduces oil production in the skin, replenishes acne-prone skin, and helps keep your pores open. Tretinoin promotes rapid exfoliation and stimulation of collagen and elastin, which leads to smoother-looking skin.
Tretinoin reduces oil production in the skin, replenishes acne-prone skin, and helps keep your pores open. It is able to speed up the life cycle of skin cells. It makes them divide faster and die faster, so newer, healthier cells can take their place.
Yes, you can use tretinoin every night. Tretinoin can cause skin irritation and peeling, especially when you first start using it. But gradually your skin will adapt to it.