medication information

Tretinoin Formula

We want to make sure you fully understand your treatment. 
Below outlines the benefits, expectations, and risks with 
Tretinoin Formula.

Tretinoin is a very effective medication that works in a variety of ways to treat acne. It helps skin cells shed properly, thereby preventing clogged pores. It promotes collagen production and may help with mild scarring over time. It also has great anti-aging benefits for the skin. Redness, peeling, and skin sensitivity can occur, but following the instructions below will help minimize these side effects. Peeling is not necessary for tretinoin to be effective. Your skin will adjust to the medicine over time.


Tretinoin should only be applied to your skin once a day, before bedtime.

  • After gently washing your face, apply a small pea-sized amount to your entire face. Avoid applying the medication near your eyelids or around the corners of your mouth and nose.
  • Always apply a facial moisturizer either immediately before or after.
  • Tretinoin works best to prevent breakouts, not as a spot treatment.

Note: If this is your first time using a retinoid it is best to start using it every other night for the first 2-4 weeks, then increase to nightly use as tolerated.

Things to keep in mind:

  • You do not need to wait 20 minutes for your skin to dry before applying the medicine.
  • This medication will make your skin more sensitive to the sun during the first 6 months of use. Make sure you wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every morning, and wide-brimmed hats whenever outdoors in the sun.

Tips to avoid side effects:

  • Apply the medication sparingly. Using more does not always mean it will work better.
  • You can pre-mix the Tretinoin Formula in your palm with a liberal amount of facial moisturizer before applying.
  • If your skin becomes irritated, skip a night or two but continue to apply a facial moisturizer. You can resume the medication once the irritation has subsided.

Consistent usage is key!

If you become pregnant while taking this medication, discontinue use immediately and message your doctor for an alternative.

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