What is Retin-A?

Retin-A® is a topical (for use on skin only) prescription medication used to treat acne in patients 12 and older.

Important Safety Information

For Topical Use Only

Retin-A (TRETINOIN) acne treatment is to be used only according to your doctor’s instructions, and it should not be applied to other areas of the body or to other growths or lesions. The longterm safety and effectiveness of this product in other disorders have not been evaluated. If you have any questions, be sure to ask your doctor.

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Tretinoin For Acne

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  • Benefit 1

    Increases skin cell turnover to treat acne

    It is not known exactly how tretinoin works to treat acne

  • Benefit 2

    Helps decrease inflammation in patients

  • Benefit 3

    Fights blackheads, whiteheads and blemishes

    It is not known exactly how tretinoin works to treat acne
    FDA-approved and backed by clinical trials

The Difference Between Retinol and Tretinoin


  • Over-the-counter retinoid (a form of Vitamin A)
  • Not studied for acne in clinical trials


  • Prescription grade retinoid (a form of Vitamin A)
  • Approximately 20 times more potent than retinol in increasing skin cell turnover


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