Retin-A is used for treatment of acne. It reduces the formation of pimples and helps in quick healing of pimples that do develop.
How to use Retin-A :
Read the patient instructions carefully, that are available with the product. Wash your hands before and after applying this medication. Do not stop using Retin-A if you do not see improvement in your condition immediately. A temporary worsening of acne may occur at the start of therapy. Effect of this medication is gradual and It may take three to six weeks before the full benefits of this medication are seen. Using more amount of this medication or applying it more often than prescribed will not give better or faster results but it may increase side effects.
Side effects of Retin-A:
Immediately after applying, the skin may feel warm or mild stinging or redness may occur. Some peeling of the skin may occur. These effects should subside as your skin adjusts to Retin-A. If these side effects persist or are excessive then stop using Retin-A and talk to your doctor.
This medication can increase the sensitivity of skin to sunlight. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when exposure to the sun is unavoidable. Do not apply Retin-A near eyes, ears, nostrils, mouth, angles of your nose, open sores open cuts or irritated skin.
Tell your doctor about other drugs including over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs that you may be using.
If you missed a dose then apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply it the next time as directed. Do not apply it twice to catch-up with missed dose.
Store Retin-A at room temperature away from and heat. Keep this and all other medications away from the reach of children.