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What is Retin-A Cream used for?

Retin-A cream is a medication that is prescribed to treat acne, and to make wrinkles and fine lines smoother and less noticeable. Acne is a long-term skin condition that commonly starts during puberty when hormones are at an all-time high. Retin-A cream will also help reduce the appearance of scars that may be left behind after acne has cleared. This medication is also given to people who have hyperpigmentation due to aging skin.

You can buy Retin-A Cream (Tretinoin) online at My Drug Center. We also have the Retin-A Cream generic, but it may not be available in all the same strengths as the brand choice.


How does Retin-A Cream work?

When Retin-A Cream is applied as directed, it is absorbed into your skin cells to increase cell turnover. This medication contains the active ingredient Tretinoin which is a form of Vitamin A that is applied to the skin to promote skin renewal. The Tretinoin dosage in this medication works by improving your skin turnover; it lightens the skin, replaces old skin with newer skin, and slows down the way the body removes skin cells that may have been harmed by the sun.

Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Wash you hands and clean the effected areas with a soft soap. When the skin is dry apply the cream using a small amount about the size of a pea shape to create a thin layer on the skin. This should be applied once before bed or as directed by your doctor. Avoid applying to sensitive areas like eyes, nose, and mouth. Do not use the medication if your skin is broken or cut.

For optimal results use this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your Retin-A Cream dosage. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.


The Retin-A Cream or Tretinoin generic medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Retin-A Cream. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to eczema. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Retin-A Cream.

If you are switching from acne medication to Retin-A Cream, then you should wait until the effect of the previous medication has worn off.

You should not preform any hair removal procedures on the effected areas of your skin. This could include electrolysis, waxing, or chemical hair removal.

Your skin may become more sensitive to sunlight while using Retin-A Cream. Take precautions to use sun screen and wear clothing that will protect you from the sun. 

Side Effects

Some Retin-A Cream side effects include:

Red, swollen, blistered, or crusted skin, burning, warmth, stinging, tingling, itching, dryness, peeling, or irritation where the medicine is applied, or changes in skin color (darker or lighter).

If any side effects of Tretinoin become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.


Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

A: You may experience a increased amount of acne.


Q: What is the best dosage to take for Retin-A Cream?

A: You doctor will be able to determine the best Retin-A Cream dosage from the initial diagnosis.


Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?

A: It can take between eight and twelve weeks to see improve from the cream.


Q: What happens if I miss a dose?

A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.


Q: What is the best way to store this medication?

A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. 


Q: How do I dispose of this medication?

A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.


Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?

A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.


Q: I noticed there is Retin-A Cream and Retin-A Gel, what is the difference?

A: Both products will provide the same acne relief. However, Retin-A Gel has alcohol in the mixture and dry the skin easier. The cream won't dry out the skin as the gel does.

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