Tretinoin is the generic name for synthetic, first-generation all-trans-retinoic acid. Topical tretinoin first arrived on the dermatology scene in the 1960s. It is a prescription drug approved to treat acne, and in a few other FDA-approved products (which does not apply to our tretinoin products) as an adjunctive agent to treat fine facial wrinkling for patients who use comprehensive skincare and sun avoidance programs.
Apply a moisturizer, preferably with sunscreen, that will not aggravate your acne.
Wash with a mild soap and dry skin gently
Wait 20 to 30 minutes to allow skin to completely dry
Squeeze no more than half an inch of medication onto fingertip; more medication will not yield faster or better results and may cause irritation
Apply onto face, covering affected area lightly, starting with your forehead, chin, and both cheeks, then spread over the entire affected area
Avoid corners of the nose, mouth, eyes, and open wounds