Retin-A is a brand of tretinoin cream or gel available by prescription to treat acne. When patients noted their skin looked more radiant, Retin-A became a test subject as an anti-aging tool. Although the drug is over 20 years old, dermatologists still consider it one of the most effective acne treatments. Patients can receive Retin-A in gel or cream form.
Retin-A, a derivative of Vitamin A, speeds the shedding of outer skin cells, and helps skin produce more collagen and a thicker top layer. Initially, skin may become chapped and dry. Acne may appear to worsen in the first few weeks of Retin-A use as cells bring impurities to the surface. Patients may experience burning upon application until the skin adjusts after a few weeks. Both the gel and the cream for work in the same manner.