Retin-A: Uses & Side Effects

Retin-A (tretinoin) is a form of vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself. The Retin-A and Avita brands of tretinoin are used to treat acne. The Renova brand of tretinoin is used to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration, and to make rough facial skin feel smoother.

Retin-A may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information

You should not use Retin-A if you are allergic to tretinoin.

It is not known whether Retin-A will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether tretinoin topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction to Retin-A: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Retin-A and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe burning, stinging, or irritation of treated skin;
  • severe redness, swelling, blistering, peeling, or crusting.

Your skin may be more sensitive to weather extremes such as cold and wind while you are using this medicine.

Common Retin-A side effects may include:

  • mild warmth or stinging where the medicine is applied; or
  • changes in color of treated skin.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

Interaction

Do not use skin products that contain benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid unless you are directed by your doctor. These products can cause severe skin irritation if used with Retin-A.

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or are injected will have an effect on topically applied tretinoin. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.


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