Tretinoin (Retin-A, Avita, Renova) is a topical medicine most often
used to treat
acne. It is sometimes used to reduce the appearance of
fine wrinkles and to smooth rough facial skin. Tretinoin is made from vitamin A
and is sometimes called vitamin A acid or retinoic acid. It comes in cream,
gel, and liquid forms.
Side effects of tretinoin include dryness, excessive redness, and
peeling of the skin. It may also increase your sensitivity to sunlight and make
you more likely to get sunburned. Be sure to protect your skin from exposure to
the sun (or any other source of UV light) by wearing sunscreen and protective
Use of topical tretinoin during pregnancy may not be safe for your
baby. Tretinoin can also affect breast milk if you are breast-feeding. If you
are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding, make sure your
doctor knows before prescribing tretinoin for you.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Keith A. Denkler, MD - Plastic Surgery
August 4, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 04, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this