Retin-A creams, also known in generic form as Tretinoin, is used for the treatment of acne vulgaris and has also been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face. It is available in different concentrations and can be prescribed by your doctor. Apply it to the affected areas before going to bed.

Things You'll Need

Wash your face with a mild soap, and rinse thoroughly with water. Dry your face with a towel and allow to air dry for 15 to 20 minutes

Squeeze a pea size amount of cream onto your finger.

Dab a small amount of cream onto all affected areas. For instance, to treat your entire face, dab onto your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin.

Gently rub in the cream to cover all affected areas.

Avoid contact with your eyes, corners of your nose and mouth as you rub in the cream.


  • For extreme cases, doctors may recommend two applications per day, but one application is usually plenty.

  • Try to use just enough cream for a light coat to prevent unsightly peeling and dryness.

References and Resources

Retin-A Information