Product details

Atralin is a topical gel used to treat mild to moderate acne. It belongs to a class of Vitamin A treatments, also referred to as Retinoids. Atralin works by healing blemishes and improving the regrowth of skin cells. It heals existing blemishes by cleaning pores and preventing them from getting blocked. It also encourages new skin growth, which replaces damaged skin, leaving the face clearer and smoother.

As an added benefit, Atralin and other Retinoid medications can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Atralin may also reduce discolored skin and help dark spots, making it a great anti-aging treatment to add to your routine!

When you first use Atralin, you may notice that your acne gets worse. This is normal, and it may take between 8-12 weeks before you see improvement. 

Our team at Nurx cannot prescribe and deliver Atralin, but can offer the generic equivalent Tretinoin Cream for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $30 without insurance.

Additional Details

  • Treats moderate-to-severe acne
  • Heals current blemishes
  • Prevent new blemishes from developing
  • Reduces fine wrinkles
  • Makes skin feel smoother
  • Keeps skin pores clean
Active Ingredients
  • Tretinoin [0.5 mg]
  • Do not use if you have eczema.
  • Not intended for use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight.
  • Do not use if you have fish allergies.
  • Avoid use with other medicated creams.
  • Avoid use of sulfur and benzoyl peroxide products.





  • How Is Atralin Used?

    Because Atralin is available in different doses, it is important to closely follow your prescriber's directions. Wash your hands and face carefully before applying Atralin. Then, wait at least 30 minutes to ensure your face is dry. Use your fingers or a gauze pad to apply the medication to affected areas. Use only a thin layer and avoid using too much. Increasing the amount of medication does not make acne go away faster. Instead, it may irritate the skin more. Avoid applying the cream to your eyes, lips, mouth, or ears.

    Atralin is usually prescribed for use once per day, and it is best to apply it at the same time each day. Many people choose to do it before bed, but you can choose a time of day that works best for you. While you can still apply makeup, it is best to wait at least 30 minutes before doing so.

  • Is Atralin Easy to Get?

    Because Atralin is considered to be an effective and safe treatment for acne, it is readily available. However, it does require a prescription. Getting a prescription ensures that you will benefit from the product, without the risk of an allergic reaction.

  • What Precautions Should I Take Before Starting Atralin?

    As with any medication, it is important to talk with your doctor before you take Atralin. You may notice that your skin gets warmer or tingles when first applying this medication. Itching and dry skin are also possible. This is normal and will go away as you get used to it. However, if these symptoms do not go away, or get worse over time, be sure to notify your prescriber. They may want to adjust your prescription. A non-medicated moisturizer can also help with dry skin.

    Atralin may also increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Protect your skin by wearing protective clothing and wearing a high SPF sunscreen when outdoors. It is also recommended to avoid any skin treatments while using Atralin, like electrolysis or waxing treatments.

    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, the use of Atralin is usually not advisable. Notify your doctor if you are pregnant. breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant.

  • Are There Any Known Side Effects?

    Side effects are always a possibility when starting a new medication. However, Atralin is generally safe for use. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to an acne cream, or you are allergic to Vitamin A, you should avoid using Atralin and discuss other options with your doctor. This is why it is so important to talk with a healthcare provider before beginning a new medication. Your doctor can help you determine if you are at risk of an allergic reaction, which may include things like a rash, swelling, extreme dizziness, and trouble breathing. The risk of an allergic reaction with Atralin, however, is low. 

    Atralin and other Retinoid creams also use fish ingredients, so you should avoid using them if you are allergic to fish. Notify your doctor of any other health conditions, especially eczema.

    Other side effects, like skin blistering and significant swelling, are uncommon. But, if they do occur, stop using the medication and notify your provider immediately.

  • Can I Take Atralin With Other Medications?

    Atralin is generally safe to use with other medications. But, it is best to avoid using certain products, like ones with Sulfur or Resorcinol, while actively taking Atralin. Other household products, like perming solutions and astringents, may interact with Atralin and reduce its effectiveness. Benzoyl Peroxide products, like Pro-Active or Clearsol, and can also lead to discomfort when while also reducing the effectiveness. In fact, it is recommended not to use other face washes when using Atralin.

    This is why it is so important to discuss all prescription medications, supplements, and household products that you use with your medical provider, before beginning Atralin. Because Atralin increases your sensitivity to sunlight, it is also best if you avoid the use of other products that do the same.

  • How Do I Get a Prescription for Atralin Through Nurx?

    Nurx does not currently offer Atralin, but we can prescribe the generic equivalent, Tretinoin cream. Just answer a few questions and after reviewing your health history our medical providers will prescribe Tretinoin cream, if appropriate. 

    Nurx also works with many insurance providers and we are continually adding to that list. No insurance? No problem! We have solutions that can make your prescription more affordable, like with the use of generics.

  • Can I Buy Atralin Online Through Nurx?

    Nurx does not currently offer Atralin, but we offer the generic version, Tretinoin cream. Tretinoin cream is derived from the same class of Vitamin A Retinoid creams. It works in the same way as Atralin and treats moderate to severe acne while also improving the condition of the skin.

  • How Long Does it Take to Receive Atralin?

    Nurx understands how important the timely delivery of your prescriptions is to your health. That's why we ship your prescriptions using USPS 1-3 day Priority Shipping.

  • Is There a Generic Version of Atralin?

    The generic cream for Atralin, Tretinoin cream, may be an option for you. Retinol products can be pricey, whether they are prescription or not, because of their many acne-treatment and skin-improving features. Generic medications tend to come at a more affordable price while offering the same benefits.

  • Who Makes Atralin?

    Atralin is manufactured by Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

  • Is Atralin Used for Cystic Acne?

    Atralin is commonly used to treat severe acne, including cystic acne. Cystic acne is a type of acne that includes cysts deep underneath the layers of the skin. It is also one of the hardest types of acne to treat. Fortunately, Atralin and other Retinoids have proven effective in treating stubborn cases of acne, including cystic acne.

  • Is Atralin Safe to Use?

    Atralin has been recognized as a safe treatment for moderate to severe acne. By working closely with your Nurx provider, you can ensure that Atralin is safe for you to use.

  • How Nurx Works

    Nurx is a telehealth platform offering easy online access to doctors and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better. 

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