Tretinoin is a medication used to treat acne vulgaris and sun-damaged skin. It can’t erase deep wrinkles, improve the appearance of surface wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots. Tretinoin is also known as retinoic acid. It’s the generic name for synthetic vitamin A. It’s sold under many different brand names.
Administration: Apply topically once daily to acne lesions before bedtime or in the evening when used to treat acne. Apply a pea-sized amount of cream topically to the entire face once daily in the evening or before bedtime when used to repair skin damage. Prior to application, wash hands; gently wash face with a mild soap; pat dry and wait 20 to 30 minutes.
Caution: Apply a thin layer to the affected area in the evening or before bedtime, avoiding eyes, ears, nostrils, and mouth. If stinging or irritation develop, temporarily discontinue or decrease frequency of application. If combination topical therapy is required, consider separating applications (eg, one drug in the morning and the other in the evening or before bedtime).