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Retin-A 0.1% Cream 30gm/Tube


Retin-A 0.1% Cream 30gm/Tube

Retin-A 0.1% Cream 30gm


Product Name
Retin-A 0.1% Cream 30gm/Tube
Active Ingredient
Tretinoin
Manufacturer
Ortho Dermatological
Product Type
Keratolytic
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Retin-A cream 0.1% contains tretinoin, which is an acne medication that helps remove pimples and blackheads and prevent new ones forming. It also helps reduce age spots and fine wrinkles on the skin.

Retin-A general information

What is Retin-A used for?

Retin-A cream 0.1% is a topical medication used to treat acne vulgaris, to prevent the formation and spread of pimples (papules), spots or whiteheads (pustules) and blackheads (comedones). Retin-A cream 0.1% may also be used to help reduce visible signs of ageing on the face by fading age spots and reducing fine wrinkles, as it promotes skin turnover to replace old damaged skin with new skin. Retin-A cream 0.1% also has a potential use for treatment of alopecia (hair loss).

How does Retin-A work?

Retin-A cream 0.1% contains tretinoin 0.1%, which is an active metabolite of Vitamin A and is a keratolytic medication that affects the way skin cells behave, reducing symptoms of acne as well as age spots and fine wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging. Retin-A cream 0.1% prevents formation of new pimples and blackheads (comedones) by blocking the hardening processes of the outer skin layer (keratinisation and cornification) and increasing the shedding of old hardened skin cells, while at the same time promoting growth of new skin cells. The combined effect of these actions is to speed up skin cell turnover, clear up pimples and blackheads and reduce the spread of acne. This also works for aging or damaged skin where age spots and fine wrinkles are replaced by new skin cells giving the effect of lightening and smoothing the skin.

What does Retin-A cream contain?

Retin-A cream 0.1% contains the active ingredient tretinoin, a keratolytic medication that is used to treat acne as well as age spots and fine wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging. It also contains polyoxyl 40 stearate, stearyl alcohol, stearic acid, isopropyl myristate, butylated hydroxytoluene, sorbic acid and xanthan gum. [?are these correct?]

Treating acne with Retin-A cream

Retin-A cream 0.1% contains tretinoin which is an active metabolite of Vitamin A and a keratolytic medication that changes the way skin cells grow and behave. Acne forms when over stimulation of the sebaceous glands (oil producing glands in hair follicles), which often happens in response a surge of androgen hormones at puberty, causes pores to become clogged with dead skin, and leads to the formation of new pimples, whitehead and blackheads (comedones), which can become infected and inflamed. Tretinoin in Retin-A cream 0.1% prevents formation of new pimples and blackheads by blocking the hardening processes of the outer skin layer (keratinisation and cornification) and increasing the shedding of old hardened skin cells, while at the same time promoting growth of new skin cells. The combined effect of these actions is to unblock pores and prevent them becoming clogged and inflamed, which reduces the outbreak of new pimples as well as clearing up existing blemishes; also to speed up skin cell turnover and help the natural exfoliation process of the outer skin layer, which helps clear up pimples and blackheads and reduces the spread of acne.

Retin-A cream for age spots

Retin-A cream 0.1% contains tretinoin, a topical treatment that can help reduce visible signs of ageing on the face by lightening age spots, pigmented patches of skin caused by sun damage and general aging, common in people over 55 years. Retin-A cream 0.1% can help speeds up skin turnover by promoting the shedding of old damaged skin and growth of new skin cells giving the effect of lightening the skin.

Retin-A cream for wrinkles

Retin-A cream 0.1% contains tretinoin, a topical treatment that can help reduce visible signs of ageing on the face by reducing fine wrinkles caused by sun damage and general aging of the skin. Retin-A cream 0.1% speeds up skin turnover by promoting the shedding of old damaged skin and growth of new skin cells giving the effect of smoothing the skin. It also promotes skin cells to produce collagen, which keeps skin flexible.

Retin-A cream for hair loss (alopecia)

Retin-A cream 0.1% contains tretinoin, an active metabolite of Vitamin A, which is used as a topical treatment for acne and has also been found to help promote hair growth in androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata. Tretinoin promotes skin cell growth and is thought to prolong the growth phase of hair follicles and help repair damaged hair follicles, promoting hair growth in all regions of the scalp. Retin-A is recommended for use by many dermatologists in addition to using minoxidil for the treatment of alopecia or hair loss.

How does Retin-A cream help with hair growth?

Retin-A cream 0.1% contains tretinoin, a topical keratolytic medication used to treat acne. Tretinoin is an active metabolite of Vitamin A and promotes skin cell growth. It is also thought to prolong the growth phase of hair follicles and help repair damaged hair follicles, promoting hair growth in all regions of the scalp. Retin-A is recommended for use by many dermatologists in addition to using minoxidil for the treatment of alopecia or hair loss. It is thought that Retin-A enhances the effect of minoxidil on hair growth by increasing its absorption into the skin, due to its blocking action on the hardening processes of the outer skin layer (keratinisation and cornification). Dr Adam Lewenberg investigated the beneficial effects of tretinoin on hair growth and markets a combination of minoxidil and tretinoin, known as the Lewenberg formula.

What are the side effects of Retin-A?

The most commonly reported side effects when using Retin-A Micro 0.1% include itching, dryness, redness, burning or peeling at the site of application; these effects are usually mild and happen when you start treatment. Less common side effects include changes in pigmentation of skin in the treated area.

When should Retin-A not be used?

You should not use Retin-A cream 0.1% if you:
  • are allergic to any of the components
  • are pregnant or may become pregnant during use, as tretinoin may cause birth defects
  • have acute eczema, as tretinoin can cause severe irritation on eczematous skin
  • have a skin condition such as rosacea or perioral dermatitis
  • have a personal or familial history of cutaneous epithelioma
  • are using any topical skin peeling medication containing sulphur, resorcinal or salicylic acid
  • are exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods. If unavoidable use a sunscreen and protective clothing over treated areas to protect the skin

Should you avoid exposure to sun?

You should avoid or at least minimize unprotected exposure to sunlight, including sunlamps, during the use of Retin-A cream 0.1%, as tretinoin can increase your sensitivity to sunlight and may cause burning. Also if you have sunburn, you should wait until your skin has healed before using Retin-A cream. If you cannot avoid exposure to sun because of your occupation, for example, make sure you use a sunscreen and protective clothing over treated areas to protect the skin.

How should Retin-A be used?

You should apply your Retin-A cream 0.1% to the affected area of the skin once daily preferably in the evening before going to bed. Clean the skin with a mild soap or soap-free cleanser, rinse with water then apply a small amount with clean fingers and rub gently into the skin. Do not use large amounts or apply Retin-A 0.1% more often than directed, as your skin will not clear up faster, instead you may increase the chance for side effects like skin irritation. Avoid contact with the eyes, eyelids, inside of the nose and mouth, which are easily irritated areas, or other areas where treatment is not intended. Do not apply to severely inflamed skin or to open lesions. You should continue to use Retin-A cream 0.1% for the full course of treatment as directed by your doctor. You should see improvement within two to three weeks, but it may take more than six weeks before you see definite beneficial effects.

How long should you use Retin-A?

You should continue to use Retin-A cream 0.1% for the full course of treatment as directed by your doctor. You should see improvement within 2-3 weeks, but it may take more than 6 weeks before you see definite beneficial effects.

Missed dose of Retin-A

If you miss a dose of Retin-A cream 0.1%, apply it as soon as you remember, unless it is time to apply the next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose.

How should Retin-A be stored?

Your tube of Retin-A cream 0.1%, should be stored at temperatures below 25°C.

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