Retin A: An Anti-Aging Cream To Treat Acne and Wrinkles

Retin-A cream contains Tretinoin which is a form of Vitamin A. The Tretinoin active ingredient has been clinically proven to reverse the signs of aging by reducing wrinkles, removing fine lines and improving both the condition and appearance of the skin.

Retin-A cream is supplied in concentrations of 0.05%, 0.025% and 0.1%, each strength being tailored to a particular skin problem.

What Does Retin A Cream Do?

Thanks to its tretinoin ingredient, Retin-A cream is especially powerful in combating the visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. Tests have shown that within just six weeks of usage, Retin-A 0.05% can help to reduce the number of wrinkles and make fine lines disappear.

The 0.025% cream is used for general skin improvement and the 0.1% Retin-A cream, the strongest concentration of the treatment and is widely used for acne. This is because in studies Tretinoin when applied topically decreased the formation of blackheads.

Aside from its use for acne and wrinkles, Retin A / Tretinoin has also been successfully used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks after pregnancy and by cosmetic surgeons to speed their patients recovery after surgery.

At we also stock the latest micro-gel version of Retin-A. The micro gel technology allows the skin to absorb small amount of tretinoin over time and it remains on top of the skin and can therefore be washed off if required. Retin-A micro gel has been shown to be more effective than the standard Retin-A creams and is far less prone to side effects. In addition Retin-A micro gel reduces the appearance of oiliness or facial shine on the skin’s surface.

How Does Retin-A Cream Work?

Tretinoin (sometimes referred to as ATRA or ‘All-Trans Retinoic Acid’) improves the blood supply and increases the turnover of dead skin cells. The effects of the topical application of Tretinoin (i.e. massaging Tretinoin into the skin) have been well researched, particularly with regard to the photoaging of the skin. Overwhelming clinical evidence and the anatomical study of the microscopic structure of skin tissues indicates that topical retinoids such as Retin-A can reverse certain structural changes caused by excessive sun exposure. The Australasian College of Dermatologists estimate that chronic sun exposure or photoaging is probably responsible for over 90% of the visible signs of aging in Australians!

No wonder so many expensive skin products rave about the miniscule amounts of Tretinoin that they contain.

Retin A Skin Cream an Anti-Aging Treatment in Just Six Weeks

Retin-A is proven to be an effective antiaging product for rejuvenating skin and reducing the visible signs of aging, demonstrating remarkable changes in skin elasticity and firmness in just six weeks. Even in this short period, the results can be quite astonishing - fine lines can completely disappear, severe wrinkles can be greatly reduced and the skin can regain a youthful glow.

These benefits ensure that Retin A wrinkles and fine lines remover is a viable part of any beauty regime.


Retin a is more than just a wrinkle cream

Containing the key ingredient tretinoin, retin a anti aging cream works to rejuvenate skin, fight acne, and treat wrinkles. Tretinoin is a retinoid, which simply means it’s related to Vitamin A - well known to reduce the signs of ageing on the skin. As such, it can reverse certain skin changes induced by sun damage and ageing.

As retin a cream increases blood supply to the skin, the process of removal of dead skin cells is speeded up. This means that the skin looks more youthful and fresh, acne can be combated and blemishes and wrinkles become reduced - all reasons why retin a for wrinkles comes so highly recommended.


Tretinoin BP 0.025%, 0.05% or 0.1% cream and 1g excipients c.s.p.


Decyl oleate, isopropyl myristrate, glyceryl monostearate, acetyl lanolin alcohol, ceteareth-30, cetyl alcohol, proline, monostearate of polyethylene glycol 400, urea, collagen, methylparaben, propylparaben, lactic acid, sodium citrate, sodium hydroxide, vitamin E, aroma, and purified water.


Tretinoin or vitamin A acid, the single active ingredient used in Retirides, is a cellular stimulant which is effective in the treatment of common acne.

Information for users:

Retirides 0.05% is recommended for the external treatment of common acne, especially in the case of blackheads, pimples and papules.


Apply a sufficient amount of cream so as to cover the affected area with a thin layer. Massage gently. Retirides is available in 3 different strengths (0.025%, 0.5% and 0.1%). Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate strength depending on your skin type and degree of acne, and will also recommend the number of daily applications necessary. It is advisable to start the treatment with a low concentration of the cream and a single daily application. Following this and according to the patient's individual needs, the strength and/ or number of daily applications may be increased.


If any ingredient should cause hypersensitivity, discontinue use.


Due to the possibility of irritation, it is advisable to begin treatment on a small area of skin. Exposure to the sun or to ultraviolet rays causes additional irritation. During treatment with Retirides, such exposure should thus be avoided as much as possible or a dun filter should be used. In the event of exceptional exposure (such as a day at the seaside), refrain if possible from applying the cream the day before, the day of exposure to the sun and the day after exposure. Keep Retirides away from the eyes, mouth and nose. Should contact occur, rinse the affected area carefully with abundant water.

Please note:

If the patient has been previously treated with keratolytic preparations or exfoliants, he should wait until the skin rash clears up before beginning even low strength Retirides treatment. Studies of the effect of this product on pregnant women are incomplete. For this reason, it should only be applied when absolutely necessary and always under a doctor's supervision. It is thought that this product may possibly be excreted into mother's milk. Retirides should thus be used with caution by nursing mothers.


This product should be used with caution due to the possible interaction of tretinoin with concomitant external medication, abrasive soaps, drying cosmetics and products with a high alcohol content. Care should also be taken regarding the application of preparations containing sulphur, resorcinol or salicylic acid.

Side effects:

The effectiveness of tretinoin based products is almost always accompanied by skin irritation. In the treatment of acne, this phenomenon is directly related to the effectiveness of the product and disappears once applications are more spaced out. During the first weeks of treatment there may be an apparent worsening of the problem. Such a reaction is perfectly normal because small cysts deep within the skin are being eliminated at an accelerated rate.

Correct application:

Acne may worsen during the first two or three weeks of treatment. Should this occur, do not interrupt treatment unless skin rash or other symptoms become severe. Avoid washing the face frequently. Doing so with a neutral soap two or three times per day is sufficient. Dry face without rubbing. Wait a full half-hour before applying the cream. Avoid the simultaneous application of other external acne products and the use of perfumes, colognes, and tonics, lotions which are scented or which contain alcohol. These products may irritate the skin.

Intoxication and its treatment:

Overdose of this product is unlikely if the patient realizes that an increased application does not bring better or quicker result. Likely reactions would be a marked inflammation, flaking and discomfort. In addition, the DL 50* of tretinoin is very high and skin absorption very low (approximately 5% of the dosage administered).

The above information is the translation of the manufacturer's insert. It is provided under the supplying company's terms and conditions and should not replace the advice of your personal physician.


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