Tretinoin is a vitamin A derivative which is used to treat acne. This type of medication promotes the peeling of the skin in the affected area and unclogs pores to leave skin looking healthier.

Tretinoin is available in the form of cream, topical liquid and gel. Acne will likely become worse within the first 7-10 days of , but will gradually disappear thereafter.

Common side effects associated with tretinoin include slight stinging or burning of the skin, increased number of acne sores (when beginning prescription), slight lightening or darkening of the skin. If you are experiencing more severe side effects, contact your doctor for help.

Tretinoin may occasionally be prescribed for other purposes, as suggested by your doctor.

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