1. What is Tretinoin and how does it work to reduce wrinkles or dark spots?
Tretinoin, generic medication of Retin-A, is a topical cream to use for acne treatment. However, with its benefits to fade and soften aging or dark spots, even out hyperpigmentation, and helping to boost turnover of superficial skin cells, topical tretinoin has been widely used for anti-aging treatment as well to address fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen.
2. How soon can I expect to see the results from Tretinoin?
The results from the treatment are not expected immediately. It takes up to 6 months to 1 year of consistent routine use before seeing positive differences.
3. What are the dosage options and how do I know which dosage is appropriate for my condition?
There are 3 different dosages of Tretinoin cream, starting from 0.025%, then 0.05%, up to 0.1% as a maximum dosage. Each dosage comes with either 20 grams or 45 grams tubes.
0.025% is the lowest dosage and is recommended for those with mild acne or those who are looking for improving overall skin complexity without any active concerns on wrinkles. Since the dosage is the least in strength, the risk of side effects are the minimal compared to the other two dosages.
0.05% is recommended for those with moderate acne or those who want to address their starting aging signs such as reducing fine lines.
0.1% is the highest in strength and this is recommended for those with severe acne or those who are looking for intense treatment for wrinkles/fine lines. Since it is the highest dosage, the risks of developing side effects are greater compared to the other dosages.
All dosages come with a size of 20 g tube with extra 5 monthly refills.
4. What are the expected side effects from Tretinoin?
Since it is a topical cream, the common side effects from Tretinoin are skin irritations including skin dryness, redness, burning, itching, or exfoliating.
5. How much am I expected to pay for Tretinoin cream at a local pharmacy?
The lowest price with a coupon for the most common version of generic Retin-A (Tretinoin) 0.025% is around $16.46, about 82% off the average retail price of $92.99.
The lowest price with a coupon for the most common version of generic Retin-A (Tretinoin) 0.05% is around $29.44, about 69% off the average retail price of $96.73.
The lowest price with a coupon for the most common version of generic Retin-A (Tretinoin) 0.05% is around $34.06, about 71% off the average retail price of $121.25.