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How to Use Retin-A 0.05

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Heather Gloria began writing professionally in 1990. Her work has appeared in several professional and peer-reviewed publications including "Nutrition in Clinical Practice." Gloria earned both a Bachelor of Science in food science and human nutrition from the University of Illinois. She also maintains the "registered dietitian" credential and her professional interests include therapeutic nutrition, preventive medicine and women's health.
How to Use Retin-A 0.05
Teenages are particularly susceptible to acne on the face, back and other areas. Photo Credit face to face image by Melanie von Snarly from Fotolia.com

Retin-A, the brand name for the generic drug tretinoin, is a topical anti-acne medication dispensed in gel, cream or liquid form, in concentrations ranging from 0.025 to 0.1 percent. Retin-A 0.05 percent is a medium-strength formulation only available in cream form. According to dermatologist Andrea L. Zaenglein, professor of dermatology at the Pennsylvania State School of Medicine, Retin-A is a potent skin irritant, so it’s important to use all forms of Retin-A as directed. Unlike the gel and liquid preparations, Retin-A 0.05 percent cream is subject to “piling” or over-application, which increases the risk of irritation.

Apply Retin-A

Step 1

Each night before bed, wash your hands and the affected area with mild, fragrance-free, unmedicated soap and water using a non-abrasive cloth.

Step 2

Pat dry and wait 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 3

Dispense a small amount of Retin-A 0.05 cream onto your clean fingertips. Ask your pharmacist or doctor how much you should use.

Step 4

Pat Retin-A 0.05 percent cream lightly onto the affected area. Do not reapply to areas you have already covered.

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Step 5

In the morning, repeat steps 1 and 2.

Step 6

Apply sunscreen formulated for sensitive skin to the affected area. Sunscreen serves as a moisturizer and provides sun protection, since people who use Retin-A are more sensitive to sun.

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