Retin-A (Tretinoin) – Treat Skin Aging & Acne

Retin- A is one of the best quick solutions for wrinkles and fine lines. It also helps with speeding skin cell replacement and reduces levels of acne.

No matter what purpose you are using Retin-A cream, it’s very important to use it right and effectively.

Read ahead to know all about Retin-A (Tretinoin)

  • What is it?
  • Why to Use?
  • How to Use?
  • When to Use?
  • Side-effect?

What is Retin-A (Tretinoin)

Tretinoin is a potent medication for antiaging. It’s used to treat sun burn, acne, whiteheads and blackheads. It works by increasing skin cell development, unclogging of the plugged material in the follicle and preventing the formation of new comedones.


  • Reduce in fine lines after 4-5 months of use
  • Reduce in pigmentation, blackhead & whitehead
  • Boost collagen
  • Improved skin texture & tone
  • Acne free skin


First of all start by choosing the right strength of Tretinoin cream/gel as it comes in a variety of concentrations, ranging from .01% to significantly stronger .10% solutions.

It’s best to begin treatment using a low to mid-strength tretinoin cream.


  • 0.05% concentration – For first time users
  • 0.025% concentration – For sensitive & mild acne skin

To maximize the effect and cream absorption, always use the cream at night before going to bed.

  • Step#1 Cleanse your face and pat dry
  • Step#2 Apply a pea size of Tretinoin on a clean skin [Avoid eyes, lips and sensitive areas]
  • Step#3 Refrain from touching your skin for at-least 30 min
  • Step#4 Next Morning; wash your face with rough wash cloth to reduce the flaking
  • Step#5 Apply water based moisturizer to help get rid of flakiness

Note – Take a break of 2-3 days if you experience extreme flakiness and irritation but do not quit.

Start with a twice-a-week routine and stick to it for the first two months. You can also talk to your doctor and get an idea about how to use it properly.

With initial use, process can be flaking and irritating. Its normal but do not wait to see a doctor if it gets confusing or uncomfortable.


  1. Avoid using the cream day time
  2. Avoid using other acid products, [such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and vitamin C] along with this cream
  3. Avoid if Pregnant or Breastfeeding
  4. Avoid staying under sun – Apply sunscreen and cover your face at all cost
  5. Avoid any laser treatment or chemical peel and facial. Inform your specialist before-hand if you are planning to get any
  6. Avoid using an excessive amount of tretinoin cream

Patience……Every good thing takes time

You may feel slight difference within 2-3 days of use but it takes 7-8 months to see the actual results.

Tretinoin therapy showed new collagen fibres and overall skin improvement with 12 months of use.


Skin takes time to adapt to this new therapy, hence you may experience below side effect:

  • Skin dryness
  • Swelling and blisters
  • Skin burning
  • Makes skin sensitive to sun burn
  • Skin colour change
  • Scaling
  • Irritation
  • Stinging

These side effects generally stay for the first 2-3 weeks of start of treatment.

Visit your doctor immediately if you observe any persistent or extreme side effects

Do not use Retin-A on damaged, sun burnt or broken skin