Retin-A (tretinoin topical) is a topical form of vitamin A that makes your skin renew faster, which can be used in the treatment of certain medical conditions. This medicine is most commonly used to make skin more smooth and eliminate fine wrinkles. Retin-A may increase the sensitivity of your skin to the sun rays, so avoid sun exposure for the period of treatment. If you have to spend a lot of time outside, make sure you wear protective clothes and put on some sunscreen with minimal SPF of 15. If you get this drug into your mouth, nose of eyes flush with plenty of water. This topical remedy should not be used on chapped, wind burned, broken or irritated skin, as well as on areas of eczema.
If you are using this drug to treat acne it's normal for the condition of your skin to get worse at first, but you will soon notice significant improvement. Sometimes patients report skin irritation - if this happens to you and the irritation becomes severe, or in case your acne doesn't get better after 8-12 weeks you need to contact your doctor. This drug is FDA pregnancy category C, which means it may be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use this remedy if you are pregnant or are going to conceive. It's not recommended to use more medicine or apply it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Side effects that may take place include peelings, mild irritation discolored skin, burning, warmth, stinging, itching, tingling, dryness, redness, or swelling.