Drug: Retin-A

Retin-A Gel (Cream)
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Retin-A is a common medication that is used to treat serious cases of acne. It can help to decrease the amount and severity of pimples and also promote quick healing if they develop. Tretinoin is in a classification of medications called retinoids and it works by changing the growth of skin cells. Some forms of this medicine may help to improve the overall appearance of the skin and reduce smaller wrinkles. It may be used to treat a variety of other conditions.

Before applying Retin-A wash your hands thoroughly. Then wash the affected area of skin with a very mild soap so that it is clean. Then use your fingertips to apply a very small pea-size amount to the affected area. This is usually done at bedtime but definitely one time a day. You can use a cotton ball or a gauze pad to apply the medication if you do not want to use your fingers. Some brands require you to wait 20 to 30 minutes after cleansing the face before you apply Retin-A.

Carefully apply this medication only to the skin. Do not apply it on the inside of the nose or mouth in any way or in any amount. Be careful to not skin that is cut, torn, scraped or sunburned. Also do  not apply it to any area of skin that has been broken such as eczema.

When you first begin applying this medication acne might possibly appear worse since the medication starts working on the inside of the skin. It can take as long as 8 to 12 weeks realize any results from the medication. It is available in several different strengths and is available in cream, gel or lotion form. Just choose the one that works the best for you. You will want to use the strongest one that works for your certain situation.

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