What are some other side effects of Retin Cream?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling of warmth.
- Change in color of skin.
- Some skin reactions may happen with Retin cream. These include dry skin, redness, swelling, blisters, and peeling. If these skin reactions happen, talk with your doctor. Your doctor may want you to stop using Retin cream for some time, change how much you use, or change how often you use Retin cream.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Retin, also known as all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), is medication used for the treatment of acne and acute promyelocytic leukemia.
PICTURES OF TRETINOIN PILLS
Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of Retin that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes, manufacturers and/or distributors.
The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.
How is this medicine (Retin Cream) best taken?
Use Retin cream as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Do not take Retin cream by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
- If you get Retin cream in any of these areas, rinse well with water.
- Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
- Put on at bedtime.
- Wash your hands before and after use.
- Wash affected skin and pat dry.
- You may need to wait 20 to 30 minutes before use. Check with the pharmacist about how to use Retin cream.
- Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.
It Kicks Aging in the Ass
Retin is considered the gold standard anti-aging ingredient in dermatology. (2)
How effective is it, you ask? Check out what this 61 year old woman looks like after using Retin for 28 years! Full video here.
Retin topical is a member of the topical acne agents drug class and is commonly used for Acne, Lichen Sclerosus, Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum and others.
Brand names for Retin topical include Retin-A, Avita, Retin A Micro, and Atralin.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Retin Cream?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Retin cream. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- It may take several weeks to see the full effects.
- Do not use more than what your doctor told you to use. Do not use more often or longer than what you were told. Doing any of these things may raise the chance of very bad side effects.
- Do not put on sunburned skin.
- Do not put on cuts, scrapes, or damaged skin.
- Practice good skin care and avoid the sun.
- You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
- Some weather conditions may irritate the skin. Talk with the doctor.
- Use of other skin products while using Retin cream may cause more irritation.
- Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
- You may use make-up unless your doctor has told you not to. If you will be using make-up, clean the area to be treated before putting this drug on.
- This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If Retin cream is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
- This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking Retin cream, call your doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
Retin Gel (0.05%) and Cream (0.1%, 0.05% and 0.025%) are used in the topical treatment of acne vulgaris.
Retin is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your mouth, eyes, vagina or the corners of your nose.
by f. c. | Last updated Nov 7, 2019 | 49 comments
Retin, 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!
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What is Retin (Retn-A)? How does it work (mechanism of action)?
Retin is a derivative of vitamin A. It is used on the skin (topically) in the treatment of mild to moderate acne and on skin that has been damaged by excessive exposure to the sun. Retin irritates the skin and causes the cells of the skin to grow (divide) and die more rapidly, increasing the turnover of cells. The number of layers of cells in the skin actually is reduced. In patients with acne, new cells replace the cells of existing pimples, and the rapid turnover of cells prevents new pimples from forming. By a similar mechanism, Retin can reduce some wrinkles, areas of darkened skin (hyperpigmentation), and rough areas of skin, all of which occur in sun-damaged skin.
In patients with sun-damaged skin, improvements in the skin usually are seen within the first 3 to 4 weeks of treatment. Brown spots begin to fade after six to eight weeks. Wrinkles decrease or disappear after three to six months. Following application to the skin, a minimal amount of drug is absorbed into the body.
The FDA approved topical Retin in 1971.