Use Tretinoin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Apply the medication nightly after cleansing the face with mild soap or cleanser. Avoid harsh scrubbing.
This medicine should not be applied to the sunburned skin or on open wounds.
Keep this medication from your eyes or lips, or inside of the nose. If the medicine gets on these areas, wash with water at once.
If you are using the cream or gel form, apply an adequate amount of medicine to the affected areas. A pea-sized amount is enough to cover the whole face.
If you are using the solution form of this medicine, apply an adequate amount of medicine to the affected areas using your fingertips, a gauze pad, or cotton swab. Wash your hands after applying for the medicine.
If you miss a dose, use this medicine as soon as possible. However, if it is near for your next dose, skip the missed dose and start again to your regular dosing schedule.
Store the medication in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep out of reach of children. Do not keep expired medications.
4 Precautions to Take
Your skin may show some redness and worse of acne during the first 3 weeks that you use this medication. Improvement may be seen after 2-3 weeks of regular use.
Check with your doctor if skin irritation becomes severe or if your acne does not improve within 8 to 12 weeks.
After applying a Tretinoin on the affected area, do not wash it for at least 1 hour.
Do not apply any topical medication (especially skin products that contain a peeling agent, alcohol, resorcinol, sulfur, or salicylic acid) in the same area 1 hour before or after using this medicine.
Check with your doctor before using topical medicines with tretinoin.
Avoid sunlight exposure during the first 6 months of use. Wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen before going outdoors.
If you are using Tretinoin for the treatment of acne, regular use of water-based creams or lotions is recommended to help lessen skin irritation or dryness that may be caused by the use of Tretinoin.
If you are using Tretinoin for the treatment of fine wrinkling, dark spots, and rough skin caused by the sun, you should minimize your exposure to sunlight and apply sunscreen before going outdoors.
Regular use of oil-based creams or lotions may help to reduce skin irritation or dryness caused by the use of Tretinoin.
5 Potential Side Effects
There are several side effects that you may experience while using this medication.
If any of these side effects occur, tell it to your doctor right away:
Burning feeling or stinging skin (severe)
Unexpected lightening of skin of treated area
Severe peeling of skin
Severe redness of skin
Unusual dryness of skin (severe)
Darkening of treated skin
There are also some side effects that do not need medical attention and can be resolved during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine.
You can discuss it with your doctor to give you an advice on how to prevent or reduce these side effects:
Burning feeling, stinging, or tingling of skin (mild) — lasting for a short time after first applying the medicine
Chapping or Slight peeling of skin (mild)
Redness of skin (mild)
Unusual dryness of skin (mild)
Unusually warm skin (mild)
Not all side effects are listed above. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professionals.
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