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Retin A Cream

Retin A, also known as Tretinoin, is a medication initially approved by the FDA to treat acne. It belongs to a group of medicines called retinoids, which are related to vitamin A. Retinoids help control how cells grow and change, boost collagen production, and reduce oil production in the skin. Retin A comes in 5 different strengths and can be a cream or gel. To buy Retin A cream online from Canada, you need a prescription from a doctor or healthcare professional.

Product Overview

Retino-A is an FDA-approved cream used to treat acne, which shows up as spots or pimples on your face, chest, or back. It also helps to make rough facial skin smoother and reduce fine wrinkles. This cream decreases too much oil on your skin. It’s best to apply it in small amounts at night, as directed by your doctor. The amount you use and how long you use it will depend on what your doctor recommends.

Before putting on the cream, wash and dry the affected area. Follow your healthcare provider or doctor’s instructions carefully. Don’t use it on damaged or broken skin, and keep it away from your mouth, eyes, and nose. It might take a few weeks for you to notice any improvement, so keep using it regularly. If you don’t see any changes after a while, talk to your doctor again. Using more cream or using it more often won’t make it work faster and could cause more side effects. 

The most common side effects are skin irritation, dryness, and redness, but they usually get better as your body adjusts to the cream. Drink plenty of water and use moisturizer if your mouth, lips, or eyes get dry. Tell your doctor if these side effects bother you or don’t go away. Serious side effects are rare, but the cream might make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so try to limit your time in the sun. It could also make your skin more delicate, so avoid waxing or laser treatments while using it. If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, don’t use this cream because it could harm the baby.

Uses of Retin A Cream

Retin-A cream, enriched with vitamin A, offers a versatile solution for diverse skin conditions. Its primary applications treats:

  • Treating acne
  • Diminishing fine wrinkles
  • Correcting skin discoloration
  • Managing acute promyelocytic leukemia
  • Smoothing rough facial skin

How to Use Retin A Cream?


It comes in the form of topical cream and has 5 following strengths:

  • 0.02% (Renova)
  • 0.025% (Retin-A, Avita)
  • 0.05% (Retin-A, Renova, Refissa)
  • 0.06% (Retin-A Micro Pump)
  • 0.1% (Retin-A)

Recommended Dosage for Different Patients

Dosage recommendations for this medication vary among individuals. Adhere to your doctor’s instructions or follow the guidelines provided on the label. The information provided here pertains solely to the average doses of this medication. Refrain from altering your dosage unless specifically instructed by your doctor. The prescribed amount of medication depends on its potency. Additionally, the frequency of doses, intervals between doses, and the duration of the treatment are contingent on the specific medical condition for which the medication is being used.


  • For acne:
    • For topical dosage forms of Retin A (gel, cream, or liquid):
      • Adults should apply the medication to the affected areas of the skin once a day, at bedtime.
      • Children should follow their doctor’s recommendations for proper use and dosage.
    • For topical dosage form of Retin A (lotion):
      • Adults & children aged 9 years and older should apply a thin layer of the Retin-A lotion to the affected areas of the skin once a day.
      • For children younger than 9 years, the use and dosage must be determined by a doctor.
  • For fine wrinkles, rough skin caused by the sun, or dark spots:
    • For topical dosage form of Retin A (cream):
      • Adults who are younger than 50 years of age should apply the medication to the affected areas of the skin once a day, at bedtime.
      • Adults aged 50 years and older should follow their doctor’s recommendations for proper use and dosage.

[Note: Remember, these recommendations may vary from person to person. Discuss it with your pharmacist, and they’ll customize your Retin A dosage accordingly.]

How to Take It?

  • Use the medicine exactly as your doctor instructed; avoid using more, using it more frequently, or using it for a longer duration than prescribed to prevent skin irritation.
  • Check the paper that comes with the medicine for info and follow the instructions. If you’re unsure, ask your doctor.
  • Avoid applying the medicine to windburned or sunburned skin, open wounds, eyes, lips, or inside the nose; if accidentally applied to these areas, wash with water immediately.
  • Before applying Tretinoin, cleanse the skin with a mild soap & warm water using your fingertips; gently pat dry without scrubbing with a sponge or washcloth.
  • Wait 20 to 30 minutes to ensure the skin is completely dry prior to applying the medicine to prevent irritation.
  • For cream, gel, or lotion forms, apply a small amount to lightly cover affected areas, rubbing in gently but thoroughly. A pea-sized amount is sufficient for the entire face.
  • If using the lotion, consider using a moisturizer as well.
  • For the liquid form, use a cotton swab, your fingertips, or a gauze pad to apply enough solution to cover affected areas. If using a gauze pad or cotton swab, avoid making it too wet to prevent the medicine from spreading to unintended areas.
  • After application, wash your hands to remove any remaining medicine.

[Note: Your doctor will decide the right amount for you based on your condition, following guidelines and studies on the drug. They’ll adjust it as needed over time.]

How Does Retin A Cream Work?

This medication cream helps improve skin with fine wrinkles, dark spots, or roughness from the sun. It works by replacing your older skin with newer skin, lightening the skin, and slowing down the body’s process of removing skin cells that may have been harmed by the sun.

Important Safety Information

Side Effects

Common side effects of Retin A include:

  • Dryness 
  • Skin Redness 
  • Scaling 
  • Itching 
  • Worsening of Acne 
  • Mild Burning

Serious side effects of Retin A include:

  • Blistering/crusting of the Skin
  • Severe Dizziness
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Severe Burning/swelling of the Skin
  • Rash
  • Trouble Breathing

[Note: Remember, this list may not cover all possible side effects. Always consult with your healthcare giver for medical advice about side effects.]


Sun Exposure Warning: When using Retin-A, you can avoid exposure to artificial UV rays (such as sunlamps or tanning beds) or sunlight. Retin-A can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, leading to a higher risk of sunburn. Use sunscreen with a less Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 & wear protective clothing when exposed to the sun.

Avoid Application in Sensitive Areas: Avoid contact with your eyes, nose, mouth, and lips when applying Retin-A. If the medication gets into any of these areas, rinse thoroughly with water. Do not apply Retin-A to sunburned, windburned, dry, irritated, chapped, or broken skin, as well as wounds or areas affected by eczema. Wait until these medical conditions have healed prior to using the medication.


Allergy Precaution: Do not use Retin-A if you are allergic to Tretinoin.

Avoid Exposure to Wind or Cold: Stay away from too much wind or cold, as these can dry out or burn even normal skin. Skin that’s being treated with Retin-A might be more sensitive to these conditions. Your doctor can give you tips on how to handle your acne treatment when dealing with extreme cold weather.

Before Using Other Medications: Only use other medicines if your doctor says it’s okay. Your doctor will tell you if you need any other medicines during your treatment. Make sure to follow your doctor or pharmacist’s instructions carefully. Also, try to avoid products that might dry out or irritate your skin. This includes medical things like certain astringents, medicated soaps & shampoos, and hair treatments. Don’t let anyone else use your medication.

Pregnancy: The effects of Retin-A on an unborn baby are unknown. Inform your pharmacist or healthcare provider if you are pregnant or have a plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

Breastfeeding: It is unclear whether Tretinoin topical can pass into breast milk & potentially harm a nursing baby. Notify your doctor if you are breastfeeding.

Missed Dose

  • If you forget to apply your Retin A cream, apply it as soon as you remember. 
  • However, if it’s close to the time for your next application, skip the missed one. 
  • You can continue with your next application at the usual time. Do not apply an extra amount of cream to make up for the missed application.

[Note: If you still need to complete an application of your medication and are unsure about when to apply the next one, immediately consult your doctor or pharmacist.]


If someone swallows this cream, it can be harmful. If they have serious symptoms like passing out or trouble breathing after taking too much, call 911 or get in touch with a healthcare provider, doctor, or pharmacist immediately.

[Note: If you consumed more than the recommended dose, get medical help right away or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.]


  • Keep the medicine in a cool place, below 80°F.
  • Keep the medicine away from pets & children.
  • Throw away any medicine that is old or not needed anymore.
  • Ask your healthcare professional how to safely get rid of any medicine you don’t use.
  • Store the medicine in a very tightly packed closed container at room temperature, away from light, moisture, & heat. 
  • Do not freeze the medicine.
  • The gel form can catch fire, so keep it away from fire or too much heat.

[Note: Discuss with your healthcare professional about the proper disposal of any unused medicine and any questions you may have regarding its storage.]

Retin A Cream Interactions

Using Retin A Cream with other medicines can affect how they work or raise the chance of serious side effects. Some of them are listed below:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide Topical
  • IsoTretinoin
  • Methoxsalen
  • Sulfur Topical
  • Salicylic Acid Topical
  • Clascoterone Topical
  • Methyl Aminolevulinate Topical
  • Aminolevulinic Acid
  • Verteporfin
  • Porfimer
  • Resorcinol Topical
  • Aminolevulinic Acid Topical

[Note: This isn’t a complete list, and there could be other drugs that interact with Retin A Cream. Make sure to tell your doctor any prescription, over-the-counter medicines, and herbal products you’re taking.]

Retin A Cream Alternatives

  • Rosula (sulfacetamide/sulfur topical)
  • Twyneo (Tretinoin/benzoyl peroxide topical)
  • Aczone (dapsone topical)
  • Panretin (aliTretinoin topical)
  • Evoclin (clindamycin topical)
  • Finacea (azelaic acid topical)
  • Clinda (clindamycin topical)
  • Azelex (azelaic acid topical)
  • Tazorac (tazarotene topical)
  • MetroGel (metronidazole topical)
  • Rosac (sulfacetamide/sulfur topical)
  • Benzamycin (erythromycin/benzoyl peroxide topical)
  • Aveeno Clear Complexion (salicylic acid topical)
  • Klaron (sulfacetamide topical)
  • MetroCream (metronidazole topical)
  • Acanya (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide topical)
  • Duac (clindamycin/ benzoyl peroxide topical)
  • Duobrii (halobetasol/tazarotene topical)
  • Amzeeq (minocycline topical)
  • Plexion (sulfacetamide/sulfur topical)
  • Cleocin T (clindamycin topical)
  • BenzaClin (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide topical)
  • Aklief (trifarotene topical)
  • MetroGel (metronidazole topical)
  • Differin (adapalene topical)
  • Veltin (clindamycin/Tretinoin topical)
  • Fabior (tazarotene topical)
  • Avage (tazarotene topical)
  • Onexton (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide topical)
  • Winlevi (clascoterone topical)
  • Aktipak (erythromycin/benzoyl peroxide topical)
  • Sulfacet-R (sulfacetamide/sulfur topical)
  • Clindagel (clindamycin topical)
  • Ziana (clindamycin/Tretinoin topical)
  • Epiduo (adapalene topical/benzoyl peroxide topical)
  • Targretin gel (bexarotene topical)
  • Arazlo (tazarotene topical)
  • Rosanil (sulfacetamide/sulfur topical)
  • Noritate (metronidazole topical)

[Note: Your doctor will choose what’s best for you. Don’t use any of these alternative top selling medications without consulting your healthcare provider. Taking them by yourself may cause serious side effects.]

Frequently Asked Questions

What precautions should be taken when using Tretinoin?

For the first 6 months, be careful not to expose the treated areas too much to sunlight, wind, or cold weather. Your skin might get sunburned, dry, or irritated, especially in the first 2-3 weeks. But don’t stop using this medicine unless the skin irritation becomes too severe. Remember to use sunscreen & protective clothing to shield your skin. If you have concerns about irritation, consult your doctor for guidance on managing it effectively. Taking these precautions will help ensure the best results from your treatment.

Should I use Retin-A every night?

You can apply Retin-A (Tretinoin) every night after your skin gets used to it. It might take a few weeks or a couple of months for your skin to get used to Tretinoin every day. The time it takes also depends on the type and strength of Tretinoin you’re using. It’s important to start with a small amount and gradually increase it to avoid irritation. If you experience redness or discomfort, you can try using it every other night or less frequently until your skin adjusts. Additionally, always use sunscreen during the day when using Tretinoin to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful effects. Consult with your doctor, pharmacist, or healthcare provider for personalized advice based on skin type & concerns.

When should I stop using Retin-A?

Many people use Tretinoin for a long time to manage persistent acne. Usually, they stop when their skin clears up or when they don’t see improvements anymore. Some people, even after their breakouts decrease, still use Tretinoin to keep their skin healthy. It helps maintain their skin and prevent future breakouts.

What age should I start Tretinoin?

Unlike Tretinoin, this treatment is gentler on the skin and has fewer side effects. That’s why even children as young as 9 years old can use it safely. In comparison, most similar treatments are recommended only for those who are at least 12 years old. This makes it a suitable option for younger patients with less risk of irritation.

Is Retin A Cream available over the counter?

Retin A is a topical medication used to treat acne. It contains Tretinoin, a retinoid, and is not available without a valid prescription from This ensures that it is administered under the supervision of a healthcare professional or doctor who can tailor the Retin-A treatment to individual needs and monitor progress effectively. Trust in the expertise of our trusted pharmacy for your skincare needs.

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