Tretinoin (vitamin a acid)
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Tretinoin package leaflet

This information brochure contains general information on Tretinoin. We also advise you to carefully read the package leaflet before using this medicine. If you have questions after consulting this information, please contact a doctor or pharmacist.

What is Tretinoin and what is it used for?

Tretinoin is a form of Vitamin A acid, a substance that stimulates cell division. It is used to treat infections of the skin, such as severe acne (pustules), rosacea (redness on cheeks, forehead and/or nose), stretch marks, wrinkles and pigmented patches. Tretinoin improves the skin by allowing old skin cells to be removed so that new, flawless skin can present itself. It reduces impurities such as patches, wrinkles and clogged pores and allows subcutaneous infections to heal. Tretinoin is a prescription-only medicine.

What you need to know before using Tretinoin

If you are using Tretinoin for the first time, make sure you take account of the following:
  • Do not use this medicine if you are hypersensitive to the active ingredient tretinoin (Vitamin A acid);
  • Do not apply this product inside the nose and avoid contact with the eyes. Tretinoin can irritate or damage the mucous membranes;
  • Wash your hands immediately after application;
  • This medicine is not suitable for use in pregnant and breastfeeding women;
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight while using this medicine. If this is not possible, use sunscreen with a high SPF to prevent sunburn;
  • Wait at least 30 minutes for the cream or lotion to dry before applying another product (make-up, face cream, medicine).

How to use Tretinoin

Tretinoin is available as cream and lotion. The product should be applied thinly to clean skin. The use of Tretinoin makes the skin more sensitive to UV radiation. It is best to apply the cream or lotion at bedtime to prevent skin irritation. Wash hands thoroughly after applying this product and avoid contact with the eyes. Tretinoin expires two months after opening.

Possible side effects

Tretinoin may cause side effects, including:
  • Skin irritation at the application site such as itching, scaling, dryness or redness;
  • Temporary worsening of acne.
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe or if your skin has not improved after three months. For a complete list of possible side effects, see the package leaflet. Would you like to know what other users have said about this medicine? Then read the information brochure [url=]Experiences with Tretinoin.

How to store Tretinoin

Keep Tretinoin out of reach of children. Store at room temperature. Tretinoin cream or lotion expires two months after opening. Do not use after the expiration date (see packaging or label).

Additional information

Tretinoin cream or lotion contains the active ingredient tretinoin (Vitamin A acid). For a full list of ingredients and information on the manufacturer and marketing authorisation holder of this product, please consult the package leaflet.
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Read the package leaflet for more information about risks and side effects, or ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.