Treating acne. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Tretinoin cream is a kit that contains tretinoin cream, a cleanser, and a moisturizer. The tretinoin cream works in the skin to reduce the formation of acne and to help acne heal more quickly. The cleanser helps to keep the skin clean, and the moisturizer helps to soothe skin and keep it soft.

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  • Applies to tretinoin topical: topical cream, topical gel/jelly, topical liquid, topical solution

    In some animal studies, tretinoin has been shown to cause skin tumors to develop faster when the treated area is exposed to ultraviolet light (sunlight or artificial sunlight from a sunlamp). Other studies have not shown the same result and more studies need to be done. It is not known if tretinoin causes skin tumors to develop faster in humans.

    As well as its needed effects, tretinoin topical may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

    If any of the following side effects occur while taking tretinoin topical, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

    More common
    Burning feeling or stinging skin (severe)
    lightening of skin of treated area, unexpected
    peeling of skin (severe)
    redness of skin (severe)
    unusual dryness of skin (severe)
    Rare
    Darkening of treated skin
    Some tretinoin topical side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    More common
    Burning feeling, stinging, or tingling of skin (mild)—lasting for a short time after first applying the medicine
    chapping or slight peeling of skin (mild)
    redness of skin (mild)
    unusual dryness of skin (mild)
    unusually warm skin (mild)
    The side effects will go away after you stop using tretinoin. On the rare chance that your skin color changes, this effect may last for several months before your skin color returns to normal.
  • Tretinoin Topical (topical liquid, topical cream, topical gel, topical kit) Please confirm that the medication forms on the dosage document(s) above are relevant for the specific drug you are interested in.