Tretin Cream (Tretinoin)
What is Tretin Cream (Tretinoin) used for?
Tretin Cream (Tretinoin) is a topical retinoid medication used to treat acne. It operates by affecting the growth of skin cells to rapidly heal pimples and promote generally healthy skin. This may also make it useful for minimizing the appearance and formation of wrinkles. Your physician may prescribe it for other unlisted purposes, as well.
How should I use Tretin Cream (Tretinoin)?
Always use Tretin Cream (Tretinoin) according to the directions provided by your physician and those included with the packaging to get the most effective results from treatment. The gel is normally applied once each day to the affected area either in the morning or before going to sleep. Rinse the area before each use to remove any dirt or loose skin. Apply a small amount of gel and gently massage it into the skin allowing any excess medication to evaporate. Thoroughly wash your hands after each use to prevent the medicine from contacting any areas not being treated or the mucous membranes. Always ask your physician any questions you have about the medication to make sure you are using it correctly.
What are the side effects of Tretin Cream (Tretinoin)?
Tretin Cream (Tretinoin) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Contact your physician immediately if you experience any worrying or intense side effects to make sure the correct alterations are made to your frequency of application to prevent further health problems from occurring. Be especially cautious about signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, severe swelling, or trouble breathing as these may require emergency medical attention.
Do not apply Tretin Cream (Tretinoin) to skin that is broken or severely damaged. The medication should not be used by patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, who have severe acne, eczema, an inflammatory rash surrounding the mouth, or a family history of tumors appearing on the skin. It is also important to inform your physician if you have sensitive areas of thinning skin as these may require special instructions to prevent unexpected problems during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Tretin Cream (Tretinoin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.