Tretinoin Gel Side Effects

Tretinoin Gel Side Effects

As one of the most popularly prescribed anti-acne gel by dermatologists, Tretinoin is the best treatment for acne available in the cosmetic industry. It is  available in three different concentrations, i.e. A-ret gel 0.1, A-ret gel.025, and A-ret gel.05. The gel not only suppresses un-popped zits but also smoothes out the tone and texture of the skin. Also, Tretinoin gel helps to reduce the scars caused by the collagen loss that takes place while an acne heal. The Retino-A preparation is one of the most popular used Tretinoin solutions for acne treatment.

Tretinoin is considered to be the best formula for removing wrinkles. For acne prone skin, Tretinoin/Retino A is a spot treatment, scar removal cream and also an anti-aging night cream. Something so powerful like Tretinoin preparation does not come without side effects. Without taking precautions, Retino-A can damage your skin.

Tretinoin Side Effects & Precautions

When using this Tretinoin gel, you may experience an ‘initial breakout’ phase. Some people have been reported a face full of pimples from this initial breakout. Though it doesn’t happen to everyone and usually subsides in a couple of weeks, but if it doesn’t, discontinue treatment and consult your doctor.

The common side effects of Tretinoin Gel are:

  • Burning sensation or stinging immediately after applying the gel
  • Excessive dry skin
  • Peeling
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Warmth
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tingling
  • Irritation
  • Itching
  • Discolored skin
  • Scaling or
  • Worsening of acne, especially during the first 3-4 weeks of using Tretinoin gel.

You should keep these points to remember before using this gel:

  • Use Tretinoin gel once at night
  • Do not skip sunscreen during the day, even if you use Tretinoin gel at night
  • Do not use any exfoliating cleansers, moisturizers, toners, whitening treatments, scrub or peels. Tretinoin makes the skin extremely sensitive to everything, so using abrasive or exfoliating product alongside is skin suicide.

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