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Retin-A is a topical medication that treats acne by healing current blemishes and preventing new ones. Some acne is caused by the bacteria found in skin and hair follicles. Retin-A works by encouraging the development of healthier skin cells while also removing bacteria from follicles.
Retain-A belongs to a group of medications called Retinoids that are made with Vitamin A. In addition to the treatment of moderate to severe acne, Retin-A is also often prescribed to treat other skin disorders like psoriasis and some types of skin cancer. While Retin-A is not currently available at Nurx, we do offer a generic version, Tretinoin cream.
As an added bonus, Vitamin A medications, including Retin-A, are also often used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. By increasing collagen, Retinoid medications also encourage the development of new blood vessels. This leads to fresh, younger-looking skin. Some people also report the reduction of age spots and claim that rough spots on their face feel softer. These results are most often reported after extended use of topical creams.
Our team at Nurx cannot prescribe and deliver Retin-A, but can offer the generic equivalent Tretinoin Cream for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $30 without insurance. To learn more about getting acne treatment from Nurx, click here.
- How Is Retin-A Used?
You should use Retin-A as directed by your prescriber. Wash your hands and face well before using Retin-A and then wait an hour before applying. You can use your fingertips or a gauze pad to spread a thin layer of cream on the affected area. Be careful to avoid applying the medication to your eyes, nose, lips, or ears.
Wait at least half an hour after applying the medication before washing your face. This gives it a chance to work. You can still apply makeup following treatment, but wash your face thoroughly before applying.
Retin-A is most effective when used daily. It can be helpful to apply it at the same time each day to get in the habit of daily use. Many people make it a part of their bedtime routine. Keep in mind, your acne can get worse in the first few weeks of beginning Retin-A. However, eventually, your skin will improve. If it does not, your doctor may need to adjust your dosage or switch you to a different type of medication.
- Is Retin-A Easy to Get?
Yes, because Retin-A is considered a safe and effective treatment for acne, it is readily available. However, it does require a prescription. At Nurx, we make it easy to get the acne treatments you need by partnering with doctors all over the country. Our providers can write you with a prescription, if applicable. Once you have a prescription, you can have your medication shipped directly to your home.
Nurx works with many insurance providers, and we are constantly adding to our list. However, even if you don't have insurance, we also aim to get you the prescriptions you need at an affordable price, including generic medications, like Tretinoin cream.
- What Precautions Should I Take Before Using Retin-A?
As with any medication, including creams, it is always recommended to talk with your doctor or one of our professionals before beginning to use Retin-A. Your medical provider can help evaluate the likeliness of an allergic reaction. The risk of a reaction to Retin-A is low, but always notify your doctor if you are allergic to Retin-A or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to another type of acne cream. You should also notify your doctor of any Vitamin A or fish allergies.
Topical medications can also make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. You should plan to limit your exposure to sunlight or tanning beds while using this medication. If you do spend time outdoors, make sure you wear a high-SPF lotion and protective clothing to shield your skin. It is also recommended that you avoid skin treatments when using this cream, like electrolysis or waxing treatments.
A minimal amount of skin irritation may occur as your skin adjusts to the medication. Some of the discomforts of Retin-A can be avoided by using a non-medicated moisturizer each morning.
- Are There Any Known Side Effects?
Side effects of using Retin-A are uncommon and often mild. However, some people may notice skin warmth, tingling, redness, or burning. Most of these discomforts will go away as your skin adjusts to the medication. However, if they get worse or do not go away, notify your prescriber immediately.
Severe side effects are not likely but are also possible. These include skin blistering, eye burning, discoloration, or swelling. An allergic reaction is also possible and could come as a rash, hives, swelling, or trouble breathing.
While we understand that these side effects sound scary, they're uncommon. In fact, most people experience positive effects when using the medication, including softer skin and fewer wrinkles.
- Can I Take Retin-A With Other Medications?
Typically, yes. However, it is important to avoid the use of certain products when taking Retin-A or other topical creams. Some products, like perming solutions and medicated soaps, may interact with the ingredients in Retin-A. You should specifically avoid products with sulfur, resorcinol, alpha hydroxy acid, or glycolic acid.
Benzoyl peroxide can also reduce the effectiveness of Vitamin A acne creams. It is also not advisable to use multiple prescription-strength creams at once. This is why it is so important to go over your use of any medications, supplements, or medicated products with your prescriber.
- How Do I Get a Prescription for Retin-A Through Nurx?
Getting a prescription for the medications you need most is easy when you use Nurx. Although we do not offer Retin A, our medical providers can prescribe the generic version, Tretinoin cream, if applicable. Just answer a few questions and after a provider reviews your medical history they will prescribe the acne treatment that's right for you.
- Can I Buy Retin-A Online Through Nurx?
Nurx does not carry Retin-A at this time. However, we do carry its generic version, Tretinoin cream, which is just as safe and effective when treating acne. Getting a prescription for Tretinoin cream is easy, and you can request it online through Nurx.
- How Long Does it Take to Receive Retin-A?
We ship all prescriptions within 72 hours of talking with one of our healthcare providers. We ship all prescriptions using USPS 1-3 day Priority Shipping. Depending on your prescription and location, expedited shipping may be available.
- Is There a Generic Version of Retin-A?
Tretinoin cream is the generic version of Retin-A. Tretinoin cream is derived from the same Vitamin A class of acne medications as Retin-A. It treats comedonal acne and blackheads and is available as either a topical cream or gel.
- Who Makes Retin-A?
Retin-A is manufactured by Bausch Health Companies, Inc.
- Is Retin-A the Same as Retinol?
Retin-A differs from Retinol in that it requires a prescription and is a medicated ointment. Retinol is derived from natural types of Vitamin A, so it may not be as effective against moderate or severe acne.
- How Long Does It Take for Retin-A to Work?
Because Retin-A works by preventing new pimples, it may take between 8-12 weeks before you notice any improvement. It may initially seem like your skin is getting worse, but this is normal. Retin-A can be prescribed in different strengths, and your prescriber can help you decide the right amount for you.
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