Retin A Cream

Retin A Cream Medication Information:

Retin A Cream medication comes in several different strengths; click on the strength you need to view prices from pharmacies competing to earn your business.

Retin A Cream 0.025 %
Retin A Cream 0.050 %

What is Retin A Cream?

The generic name is Tretinoin Cream, and it is intended for treating acne vulgaris. The cream is derived from vitamin A, and has also been shown to be effective against wrinkles. The Retin A cream is intended for long term use. The tretinoin (also known as retinolic acid), comes in three strengths mixed into a cream containing stearic acid, isopropyl myristate, polyoxyl 40 stearate, stearyl alcohol, xanthan gum, sorbic acid, butylated hydroxytoluene, and purified water. Fine lines and wrinkles can be reduced within six weeks. Additionally, the Retin-A cream can also be used to advance skin healing after cosmetic surgery.

How does Retin A Cream work?

Though the exact method that Retin A Cream works is not completely understood, the main ingredient (tretinoin) has been shown to promote the rate of skin cell replacement by increasing the rate of blood flow to the skin, and impede the inclination for these cells to stick and clump together. Both of these effects serve the dual purpose of preventing acne from starting and making acne that appears disappear more quickly. The increased blood flow also means that the skin on the face is younger, diminishing wrinkles and fine lines. The cream is not to be used for curing psoriasis, eczema, or other unapproved skin conditions.

How to use Retin A Cream

Retin A Cream is only to applied externally. Before applying the cream, all makeup should be removed and the area on which the cream will be applied should be softly patted dry. After removing makeup, a waiting period of twenty to thirty minutes should be enforced for complete dryness. Gently rub a thin layer of medicine to the target area and wash the remaining cream from hands. Do not use more than one dose at a time. If a dose is missed, simply skip that dose and move on to the regular schedule. It is generally recommended to begin with 5 times a week for the first several weeks and then lowering to three times a week. Often the use of skin moisturizer is helpful, particularly at the beginning of the regimen.

Side Effects:

The most common side effects of Retin A Cream are redness, peeling, heated skin, and skin irritation at the target site. If Retin-A Cream gets into the eyes, nose, or mouth, rinse thoroughly and quickly. For the first several weeks using the cream may show a worsening of symptoms, but this is expected. Use of Retin-A cream may increase the chance of getting a sunburn, so precautions of sunscreen and covering clothing should be used if time in the sun is to be for any significant length of time. For further protection, avoid sunlamps and tanning booths. Along with sunshine, skin may become more sensitive to wind and to cold. Rarer, but more serious, side effects include allergic reaction or swelling and blistering of the skin.

Other Brand Names for Retin A Cream


Safety Information:

Check the ingredients included in the cream before applying it, to be sure there are no ingredients that will cause allergic reaction. Those women who are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or breast feeding should take care before using Retin A. Always consult a doctor, and inform the health care provider of all prescription medications, non-prescription medications, herbal and vitamin supplements being taken. Those who suffer from eczema, high white blood cell count, or sunburn should be cautious when using this medication. Though medication may interact with Retin A, very little of the drug reaches the blood stream and so the chance of a negative interaction is minimized. Those with skin cancer should not take Retin A cream.


  • Retin-A Cream 0.1% tretinoin by weight
  • Retin-A Cream 0.05% tretinoin by weight
  • Retin-A Cream 0.025% tretinoin by weight

Visual Description:

Retin-A cream comes in several different packages, generally a squeezable tube, often one that stands on the cap. Also available in a plastic, wide jar with a screw on lid.