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Tretinoin Gel

Tretinoin Gel is a prescription topical treatment for acne vulgaris. It’s a first generation retinoid that is chemically related to vitamin A. It helps reduces acne formation as well as preventing signs of aging like wrinkles, age spots and sun-damaged skin.

Tretinoin gel belongs to the topical retinoid group of drugs. It works by clearing up the acne by speeding the rate at which skin cells turn over. It acts as a comedolytic that unclogs the pores. It makes the blackheads less sticky helping it make its way to the surface. Unclogging the pores helps clear the inflamed pimples and blackheads.

Why Buy Tretinoin Gel?

Tretinoin gel is most commonly sold as Retin-A and other brand names. However, it’s also available as a generic medication. It is a long-term treatment for mild to moderate acne vulgaris. It’s one of the few acne medications that work well for comedonal acne.

How to Take Tretinoin Gel?

Tretinoin gel comes with an information leaflet. Read and follow the instruction found on the leaflet. To use the gel, apply a pea-sized on the affected area. Rub it gently. Apply the gel on the affected areas once a day at bedtime. Before applying, wash your face with a mild cleanser then pat it dry. Wait for 20 minutes before applying the gel to make sure your skin is completely dry. Do not apply the gel if your skin is still wet.

Use this gel as directed by your dermatologist. Do not use more than what is directed or longer than the required time. Do not use the gel on sunburned skin and open wounds. Do not use it around your eyes, lips or inside the nose.

Things to Remember

  • Tretinoin gel won’t help get rid of acne scars. It only stimulates new skin cell growth giving your skin a more smooth and even texture.
  • This gel can reduce dark discoloration on your skin caused by acne.
  • Avoid too much sun exposure and extreme cold and wind.
  • Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin.
  • Do not scrub the affected area or wash it too often.
  • Use moisturizer at least two times a day to moisturize your dry skin.
  • Tretinoin gel may cause side effects like any other acne medications. Common side effects are dryness, peeling and flaking. Other side effects are burning or stinging of the affected area.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women should use this gel only when clearly needed.