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Why is Retin-A prescribed?

Retin-A, contain the skin medication tretinoin. Retin-A and Avita are used in the treatment of acne.

Retin-A is available in liquid, cream, or gel form, and in a stronger gel called Retin-A Micro. Avita comes only as a gel.

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How should you take Retin-A?

Retin-A should be applied once a day, in the evening, to the skin where acne appears, using enough to lightly cover the affected area. The liquid form may be applied using a fingertip, gauze pad, or cotton swab. If you use gauze or cotton, avoid oversaturation, which might cause the liquid to run into areas where treatment is not intended. If your skin becomes too dry, you may want to use petroleum jelly or another emollient during the day. If there is no immediate improvement, or new blemishes appear, don't get discouraged; it takes weeks for the medicine to take effect. Continue applying the prescribed amount. (Do not increase the dosage; it may irritate your skin.) Do not stop treatment when improvement finally occurs. You must continue therapy to maintain the beneficial effect. --If you miss a dose...Resume your regular schedule the next day.

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