Tretinoin - topical

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Tretinoin is used to treat acne (also known as pimple).

This medicine may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
How do I use this medicine?
Apply Tretinoin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not apply more often or over a larger area than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine is available as a gel, cream, or lotion.

To use the gel, cream, or lotion, follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Gently wash your face with a mild soap then pat to dry. Wait for 20-30 minutes before applying this medicine.
  3. Using clean fingertips, cotton wool or gauze, gently apply a thin layer of this medicine to cover the entire affected area lightly.
  4. Wash your hands thoroughly after each application.
  5. Replace the cap of the tube.
Avoid contact of Tretinoin with your eyes, nostrils, angles of your nose, ears, and mouth. If this occurs, rinse the affected area immediately with water. Alert your doctor if you start to have problems with your eyes.

It may be necessary for you to use this medicine for some time. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Apply Tretinoin as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

Do not apply more than what is instructed by the doctor to make up for the missed dose.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not use Tretinoin if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. Tretinoin may cause harm to your unborn child. You must use proven birth control methods while using this medicine.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • eczema (patches of itchy red skin)
  • sunburn or red, itchy peeling skin
  • history of skin cancer
  • inherent allergy to sunlight
  • fish allergies
Let your doctor know if you are breastfeeding.

Extreme weather conditions, such as wind or cold, may irritate your skin while you are using this medicine.
What side effects could I experience?
Tretinoin may cause any of the following side effects: skin irritation, dryness, redness, itching, swelling, peeling, burning or stinging sensation, and changes in colour on the application site.

This medicine may also make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Apply sunscreen when going outdoors and avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and UV lamps.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Let your doctor know if you are using any other medications to the affected area e.g. creams, ointments, soaps or cosmetics containing alcohol, spices or lime, astringents, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.

Avoid taking foods that are rich in vitamin A such as cod liver oil and halibut fish oil.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Do not freeze.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on tretinoin - topical and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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