Retin- A (Reticrem)
Retin-A is the brand name of Reticrem, the first retinoid approved by the FDA over 40 years ago. Retin-A is a prescription drug that when launched was predominantly prescribed by dermatologists to treat acne. However, today the use of Retin-A for skin rejuvenation is commonplace as physicians have noticed how it can simultaneously boost collagen, diminish wrinkles, speed up cell turnover, and smooth the skin.
Retin-A is referenced as being 100 times stronger than retinol. It also has a more immediate effect because it is formulated as retinoic acid; unlike retinols, no conversion by the body is required. As such, many users of Retin-A experience notable improvements in as little as 4-8 weeks.
Casey Gallagher, MD, is board-certified in dermatology and works as a practicing dermatologist and clinical professor.
Reticrem (brand names Retin-A, Avita, Renova) is a derivative of vitamin A and is the treatment of choice for comedonal acne, as well as whiteheads and blackheads. It works by increasing skin cell turnover, which promotes the extrusion of the plugged material in the follicle. It also prevents the formation of new comedones. Reticrem is the only topical medication that has been proven to improve the appearance of wrinkles.
Safety and effectiveness in a geriatric population have not been established. Clinical studies of Reticrem did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger patients.
It is important that you tell your doctor if you use any of the following medicines, which can make your skin more sensitive to natural and artifical sunlight: a diuretic (water pill) such as hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ®, HydroDiuril®), chlorothiazide (Diuril®), chlorthalidone (Hygroton®, Thalitone®), tetracycline (Sumycin®, Panmycin®, Robitet®), minocycline (Minocin®), doxycycline (Doryx®, Vibramycin®), demeclocycline (Declomycin®), an antibiotic such as lomefloxacin (Maxaquin®), sparfloxacin (Zagam®), ciprofloxacin (Cipro®), ofloxacin (Floxin®), a sulfa drug such as Bactrim®, Septra®, Cotrim®, and others, or chlorpromazine (Thorazine®), prochlorperazine (Compazine®), fluphenazine (Permitil®, Prolixin®), promethazine (Phenergan®, Promethegan®), perphenazine (Trilafon®), and others.
Also, do not use skin products that contain benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid unless otherwise directed by your doctor. These products can cause severe skin irritation if used with Reticrem topical.
There may be other drugs not listed that can affect Reticrem topical. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without first informing your doctor.
Additionally, Reticrem topical is in FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby, so please tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Furthermore, Reticrem topical passes into breast milk. Do not use Reticrem topical without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose.
Do not apply extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Stop using this medication and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
More Sound-Alikes: Retinoids, Retin-A Micro, Retinol and IstoReticrem
There are so many sound-alike ingredients in the skincare world, no wonder it's confusing! How do topical retinoids, Retin-A Micro, retinol, and isoReticrem fit into the mix?
Are retinoid skin care products worth the trouble?
Scientific studies and my medical experience give me so many reasons to be a big fan of retinoids, including Reticrem. Skin has special receptors just for retinoids (the vitamin A family, of which Reticrem is a member). Through these receptors, Reticrem (and its cousin retinol, which is non-prescription) transform skin!
- It has proven itself to reduce, reverse, and prevent wrinkles. The younger a person starts (teens and twenties), the more benefit they receive, but it's never too late!
- It helps lighten and prevent age spots.
- It builds collagen to thicken and increase the structural strength of treated skin.
- It turns off the collagen destruction that happens from UV ray exposure.
- It helps to decrease a person's risk of developing skin cancer.
- Skin is proven to just look better and younger when a person uses Reticrem.
A brief sensation of warmth or stinging may occur immediately after applying the medication. Skin redness, dryness, itching, scaling, mild burning, or worsening of acne may occur during the first 2-4 weeks of using the medication. These effects usually decrease with continued use. A daytime moisturizer may be helpful for excessive dry skin (see Notes).
If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Your doctor may want you to decrease how often you use Reticrem, change the strength or type, or have you stop using it.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience: blistering, crusting, severe burning/swelling of the skin, eye redness and watering (conjunctivitis), eyelid swelling, skin discoloration.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Other, less serious s >burning warmth stinging tingling itching redness swelling dryness peeling irritation discolored skin
Nevertheless, side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?
Always keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
Remember to throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. If necessary, talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of an emergency/overdose
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. However, Reticrem topical is not expected to cause overdose symptoms.
Have more questions?
If you have any questions about Reticrem and Retinol, you can call our office at 513-791-9474.
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What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Reticrem Cream?
- If you have an allergy to Reticrem or any other part of Reticrem cream.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you are taking any drugs that may make your skin more sensitive to light. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
- If you have eczema or your skin is sensitive to light.
- If you have sunburn or other skin problems, talk with your doctor.
- If you are pregnant.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Reticrem cream.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Reticrem cream with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
I am always getting questions about Reticrem and Retinol. What are they? How are they different? Do they really work for anti-aging? Today, I want to clear all of this up for you.
Why is this medication prescribed?
Reticrem (Altreno, Atralin, Avita, Retin-A) is used to treat acne. Reticrem is also used to reduce fine wrinkles (Refissa and Renova) and to improve spotty discoloration (Renova) and rough feeling skin (Renova) when used along with other skin care and sunlight avoidance programs. Reticrem is in a class of medications called retinoids. It works by promoting peeling of affected skin areas and unclogging pores.
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Reticrem, a.k.a. what Tina Fey says is a great way to ensure large chunks of peeling skin. Besides turning people into lizards, it’s touted as one the best anti-aging ingredients in dermatology.
With continued use, it promises to tighten skin, increase collagen production, reverse the signs of aging, treat acne and hyperpigmentation. Heck, you name it and it probably does it. But is it true? Let’s find out!
Here’s a table of contents with everything we’ll be discussing in case you wanna skip ahead to a section!
Table of Contents
The sections below will provide you with more specific information and guidelines related to Reticrem and its correct use. Please read them carefully.
The FDA approved topical Reticrem in 1971. However, a prescription is required for this medicine.
Please visit the official site of the FDA for further information.
Why is this medication prescribed?
Reticrem is a derivative of Vitamin A and is the treatment of choice for comedonal acne, or whiteheads and blackheads.
The Retin-A® and Avita® brands of Reticrem are used to treat acne. The Renova® brand of Reticrem is used to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration, and to make rough facial skin feel smoother. It is in fact the only topical medication that has been proven to improve wrinkles.
It works by increasing skin cell turnover promoting the extrusion of the plugged material in the follicle. It also prevents the formation of new comedones.
Other uses for this medicine
This medication has not been approved for any alternative uses other than those mentioned in the product information section.
Dosage and using this medicine
It is important to use Reticrem topical exactly as your doctor has prescribed it for you. Using more medicine or applying it more often than prescribed will not make it work any faster, and may increase side effects. Therefore, do not use this medication for longer than your doctor has prescribed.
Wash your hands before and after applying Reticrem. Before applying, clean and dry the skin area to be treated. If not, applying Reticrem topical to wet skin may cause skin irritation. If you use Renova®, wait at least 20 minutes after washing your face before applying a thin layer of the medication.
Do not wash the treated area for at least 1 hour after applying Reticrem topical.Also, try to avoid the use of other skin products on the treated area for at least 1 hour following application of Reticrem.
Applying an excessive amount of Reticrem gel may result in “pilling” of the medication. If this occurs, use a thinner layer of gel with the next application.
Furthermore, Reticrem topical should be used as part of a complete skin care program that includes avoiding sunlight and using an effective sunscreen and protective clothing.
Use this medication for as many days as it has been prescribed for you even if you think it is not working. It may take several weeks or months of Reticrem topical use before you notice improvement in your skin. If you are using Reticrem to treat acne, your condition may get slightly worse for a short time when you first start using the medication. Call your doctor if skin irritation becomes severe or if your acne does not improve within 8 to 12 weeks.
What special precautions should I follow?
It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Reticrem is administered to a nursing woman.