Retin A Information:
Retin A (generic name: Tretinoin) is a drug which is prescribed for the treatment of acne. Retin A is a topical drug (meaning it is applied directly to the skin), which is a type of vitamin A and interestingly it is not known how it works.. What is known, however, is that it is very effective in combating acne. The results are remarkable. Retin A contains a compound of retinoic acid as well as the active ingredient tretinoin, and comes in both gel and creams, and is offered in a range of concentration levels for different severity levels of acne. The purpose of Retin A is to provide a chemical peel which speeds up the process of natural exfoliation and increases the production of collagen in the skin.
Retin A Side Effects:
As with any drug, there may be side effects from taking Retin A including burning or stinging sensations, peeling, dry skin, swelling and discoloration. More serious side effects may include swelling of the face and throat, hives and difficulty breathing. If you experience any side effects you must seek medical attention immediately for safety.
Retin A Directions:
You should follow the instructions of the doctor who prescribed Retin A to you. Directions and dosage information can also be found on the pack or leaflet inside the pack. Retin A comes in gel form. You should apply Retin A directly to the skin after washing your hands. Before application it is advisable to clean and dry the skin where you will be applying the gel. Do not use other skin products within an hour of using Retin A. Retin A should be stored at room temperature away from direct sunlight and heat.
Retin A Precautions:
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Retin A, you should avoid taking it and inform your doctor. You must consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions including eczema and other skin complaints. You must consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications as they may interact with Retin A, including diuretics, sulfa drugs, antibiotics, tetracycline and chlorpromazine. It is important that you inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding as Retin A may cause harm to unborn and new born babies. If possible it is best to avoid using any other skin products, except those prescribed to your by a doctor as they may cause flare ups. Using Retin A increases your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight and UV rays, and you should therefore avoid sunlight wherever possible, wear protective clothing and apply sun cream if your skin is subjected to direct sunlight. Consult your doctor on which sun creams to use. Do not use Retin A on broken, sunburned or irritated skin. Retin A may cause flare ups when you first begin using it, however this usually calms down and symptoms will generally improve within 8 weeks. If the symptoms have not improved after 12 week, you must consult your doctor.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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