Tretinoin is the go-to substance to treat acne. It often advised to apply protection under the sun when using tretinoin. Creams with tretinoin as one of its ingredients can be used to diminish the fine lines, dark spots and rough skin. Tretinoin has a lightening effect on the skin by causing light peeling to replenish with newer skin. To maximize the effect of Tretinoin, application of the cream must be paired with a product that protects the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. While tretinoin can help improved the skin, some complicated skin problems like deep wrinkles may need more specialized treatments.

When using Tretinoin, it is important to follow the directions of the doctor. Clinics often have their own formulation of Tretinoin.

The effects of Tretinoin on the skin look promising. However, before using any treatment like Tretinoin, a patient must have done the following:

  • Tell the doctor and pharmacist any allergic reaction to Tretinoin or other medications
  • Tell the doctor and pharmacist the kinds of medications take while using Tretinoin
  • Tell the doctor and pharmacist when pregnant, planning to get pregnant or nursing a baby.
  • Plan how to avoid sunlight by wearing sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. Tretinoin is known for its sensitivity to light.

There are side effects of tretinoin that a doctor must be immediately contacted if symptoms continue to prevail.

  • warmth or slight stinging of the skin
  • lightening or darkening of the skin
  • red, scaling skin
  • increase in acne sores
  • swelling, blistering, or crusting of the skin



The Parker Skin & Aesthetic Clinic is dedicated to providing the highest level of expertise regarding skin care and cosmetic services, enabling you to confidently look and feel your best. We would like to welcome you into an environment where all members of our team of physicians, nurses and aestheticians are available to best meet your personal needs - whether simple or complex. We are committed to continue bringing Northeast Ohio the latest laser technology and the best skin care products and procedures that science has to offer. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.