What is Tretinoin?

Tretinoin is a form of vitamin A that occurs naturally.

What does Tretinoin treat?

Tretinoin is commonly used to treat mild to moderate acne but may be used to treat other skin conditions as well.

How to Use Tretinoin

This medication is used externally ONLY. Always follow the directions on your prescription label. First, wash your face with a gentle, mild, non-medicated soap. Pat dry and wait 20-30 minutes before applying medicine to affected areas. Use enough medicine to cover affected areas and rub it into the skin gently.

Do not apply this medication to ears, eyes, nostrils, angles of the nose, or mouth. Do not use more often than recommended by your doctor as this may irritate your skin.

Store your medication at room temperature, away from light and heat. Keep this medication out of reach of children and do not use it past the expiration date.

Precautions of Tretinoin

Certain medicines can increase your sensitivity to sunlight, and these may interact with Tretinoin. Furthermore, certain medications and other preparations like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid may dry your skin and cause interactions with Tretinoin. Always inform your provider of any medications or supplements you are currently taking.

Tell your provider before using this medication if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • Eczema
  • Sunburn
  • Allergic reaction to fish, tretinoin, vitamin A, other medication, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • Excessive sensitivity to the sun

Side Effects of Tretinoin

Possible side effects of tretinoin include:

  • Increased sun sensitivity
  • Itching
  • Mild stinging
  • Red, inflamed, and irritated skin that may peel after a few days

If you experience severe burning, itching, crusting, or swelling or darkening/lightening of the treated area, contact your provider as soon as possible.

This medication will make you more sensitive to sunlight, so it is important that you take extra precautions with sun protection. Likewise, avoiding cold weather and wind is important as well. Since this medicine can increase the risk of dry skin or windburn.