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Treats: Sun-Damaged Skin, Acne, Acne Rosacea, Acne Scarring, Actinic Keratosis, Age Spots, Solar Keratosis, Wrinkles
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Product Overview:
Retinoids are medications that are related structurally and/or functionally to Vitamin-A. They work in the treatment of photodamaged skin to decrease fine wrinkles, skin roughness, hyperpigmentation, and other characteristics that increase with age and sun exposure. 

Treatment Overview:
Retinoids are used primarily as anti-acne medication, and with regular use, to improve sun-damaged skin. Initially, Retinoids may irritate the skin causing redness and peeling which is why it is important to start use gradually.
  • Start gradually: Start by using the medication 2-3 times weekly, working up to nightly use as tolerated.
  • Less is best: Gently rub in the smallest amount possible in a very thin film to all of the areas you would like to treat, avoiding the eyes. A pea-sized amount of medication is appropriate for the entire face.
Frequently Asked Questions:

What other vitamin A products are available that are similar to Retin-A?
Retin-A comes in seven forms including: .025%, .05%, .1% creams, .01%, .025% gels, .05% liquid, and a new gel called Retin-A micro. Renova is also a Tretinoin product in .02% strength in a creamy, gentle, slightly scented base developed for the cosmetic market a number of years ago. These products all are based on the Tretinoin molecule and have been proven to be effective in the treatment of sun-damaged skin through many studies over more than a decade. Tazorac and Differin are also Vitamin-A prescription strength products that are of use to sun-damaged skin. Other vitamin A compounds utilize Retinol as the active ingredient. These products are usually less potent than Tretinoin. Many over-the-counter products contain Retinol or other vitamin A compounds, but their efficacy has not been proven.

What are the side effects of Vitamin A/Retin-A therapy?
Retin-A has had an excellent safety record over 20+ years of use.  There are no known internal side effects, but it is not recommended during pregnancy. This drug often produces excessive dryness and, at times, redness and irritation--particularly during the early weeks of application.  Retin-A also makes the skin more sensitive prior to salon treatments such as waxing or facials. It is important to discontinue Retin-A use several days prior to waxing, facial, or other salon treatments.

Can I use Vitamin A/ Retin-A when I go out in the sun?

A common misconception is that Retin-A cannot be used with an active outdoor lifestyle or that it is somehow not safe to use when out in the sun. Retin-A can be drying and irritating, thus making you somewhat more sensitive to the further irritant effects of intense sun exposure. However, it is indeed safe to use Retin-A as long as regular, careful sun protection is always followed.

Is the Retin-A purchased in Mexico equivalent to the US brand?
The Retin-A brand is not for sale in Mexico, but the generic equivalent, Tretinoin, is available and sold under a variety of brand names from several reputable companies. The Tretinoin cream products will usually come in .025%, .05% and .1% strengths with names such as Retanycl. As long as the Tretinoin is produced by a reputable company such as Johnson & Johnson, Roche, Steifel, or Galderma it should be fine. The reaction to the cream or its effectiveness may not be the same as its US counterpart since it may be mixed in a different base vehicle with a different feel in some cases. These generic Mexican products are a mere fraction of the cost of a similar product in the states and in many instances can have a similar beneficial effect.

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