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Topical Retinoid

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Vitamin A Adult

Topical Retinoid - Dosage and How to Use

How should Topical Retinoid be used?

  • ​Wash the skin with cleanser, then rinse and pat dry
  • Wash your hands before and after applying the medication.
  • Apply a thin layer of medication to cover the affected areas according to your doctor’s instructions.
  • If you are using this preparation for the first time, start with applying on a small area of affected part and increase gradually to other areas over the following week if there is no skin irritation. Alternatively, start by using every other day for the first 2 weeks, then apply daily.
  • Avoid applying the medication on broken skin or too near to your eyes, mouth and nose as it may cause irritation.
  • Flush the area thoroughly with water if the medication accidentally gets into your eyes, mouth, and nose.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forgot to apply a dose of this medication, apply it as soon as you remember. Skip the dose if it is time for the next dose. Apply your next dose at the usual time. Do not apply two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Topical Retinoid - Additional Information

​Avoid washing your face too often as this may increase the drying-out effect of your medication. Wash your face two to three times a day only.

Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, avoid using other “drying” preparations on the same treated areas to prevent severe irritations. These include harsh soaps and cleansers, alcoholic preparations and medicated cosmetics or soaps. 

Avoid staying directly under sunlight for long durations. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen product with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 and wear protective clothing when you are exposed to direct sunlight.

Avoid applying heavy make-up and using oily cosmetics. It is recommended to choose make-up products with non-oily formulas.

  • Updated on Sunday, May 31, 2020
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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