Retin A is a form of Vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself, thereby getting rid of pimples and blemishes on your face.
How it works
This gel is used to treat Acne vulgaris. Retin-A gel contains tretinoin in either of the two strengths; 0.025% or 0.01%. Tretinoin is known to reduce the cohesiveness of follicular epithelial cells. And stimulates mitotic activity getting rid of comedones.
Since Retin-A gel contains vitamin A and keratolytic medication, it changes the way the skin grows and behaves. Tretinoin increases the shedding of old hardened skin and promotes the growth of new skin cells, thereby ridding your skin of acne that had developed or is developing.
It prevents the formation of and spreading of pimples. It’s an oil free gel, helping to clear up blemishes and prevents the outbreak of acne.
Apply Retin-A gel to the affected areas of your skin, once a day, daily.
Before application, rinse the affected areas prior to application. Make sure your hands are clean before applying to the affected areas. Make sure you use the directed amount, and not more than you are supposed to.
You must continue using this gel until your skin has cleared up, which may take up to 7 weeks.
Some of the frequent and common side effects include;
Stinging of the skin
Localized warm feeling
Exfoliation of skin
Lightening of skin area
Peeling of skin
Redness of skin
The side effects listen above are usually mild and will go away once you get used to the treatment. If these side effects become worse you need to consult a doctor immediately.
Avoid exposure to the sun and/or artificial UV rays. Retin-A can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, therefore you need to always wear protective clothing and sunscreen of minimum SPF 15.
Avoid getting Retin-A on your eyes, mouth, nose and other sensitive areas. If you do get product anywhere you need to rinse it off immediately.
Do not use Retin-A on skin that is irritated, windburned, sunburned, chapped or broken/wounded skin. Wait until these areas have completely healed before using Retin-A.
Talk to your doctor before you use any other medication on your skin or if you already are.
Avoid swallowing this gel as it may cause harm.
Applying excess amounts of product will do no good, therefore you need to stick to the recommended amount. If you do apply more than necessary, use a thinner gel layer the next time.
Retin-A gel is flammable, therefore do not use it near heat or an open flame. Do not smoke until the gel has been completely absorbed into your skin, and keep the lid tightly closed after using.
If you become pregnant or are hoping to, contact your doctor before using Retin-A gel. It’s vital that you consult your doctor on whether or not you can use it, and discuss the benefits and risks of using this during pregnancy.
Check with your doctor if you are breast feeding before application of this medication.