Atralin Gel

Brand Name(s):Retin-A

Atralin is a skin care cream used for the treatment of acne vulgaris. Atralin has Tretinoin in it as the active ingredient, which is a derivative of vitamin A. is used in the treatment of mild to moderate acne and on skin that has been damaged by excessive exposure to the sun. Atralin skin care cream irritates the skin and causes the cells of the skin to grow (divide) and die more rapidly, increasing the turnover of cells. The number of layers of cells in the skin actually is reduced. In patients with acne, new cells replace the cells of existing pimples, and the rapid turnover of cells prevents new pimples from forming. By a similar mechanism, Atralin skin care cream can reduce some wrinkles, areas of darkened skin, and rough areas of skin, all of which occur in sun-damaged skin. In patients with sun-damaged skin, improvements in the skin usually are seen within the first 3 to 4 weeks of treatment. By its usage, brown spots begin to fade after six to eight weeks. Wrinkles decrease or disappear after three to six months. Following application to the skin, a minimal amount of drug is absorbed into the body. The FDA approved the usage of Atralin skin care cream in 1971.

How to Use

Before applying topical Atralin skin care cream, the affected area of the skin should be cleansed with soap and dried. Patients should then wait 20 to 30 minutes before applying Atralin skin care cream gently rubbing it into the affected area. The hands should be washed immediately after application. This skin care cream is usually applied once daily, in the evening. An d should be used as a part of daily skin care regime and should be avoided from harsh sunlight.

Cautions before using

There are some cautions that are to be followed before using Atralin skin cream are as follows:

  • People should avoid high sunrays after using Atralin skin care cream
  • While using Atralin skin care cream, people should apply a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 before going out.
  • People who are having Eczema should avoid this skin care cream.
  • Avoid Atralin skin care cream to be contacted with eyes.
  • Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps, shampoos, or skin cleansers.
  • People who have colored hair or planning to get it colored should avoid the usage of Atralin skin cream.
  • Avoid hair removing creams and waxes
  • Avoid Alcohol and spices
  • Avoid Astringent and lime

Atralin Side effects

After the application of Atralin skin cream to the skin, there often form a local inflammation. This reaction disappears when treatment is stopped. Mild stinging or a sensation of warmth also can occur when applying Atralin skin care cream. Dryness, scaling, and redness occur frequently. Some patients using this skin cream develop increased sun sensitivity and are more prone to sunburn. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid exposing treated areas of the skin to excessive sunlight or UV lamps to reduce the risk of severe sunburn.

Reactions and Overdose

Combining other topical acne medications like salicylic acid with Atralin skin cream may lead to excessive skin irritation. Use of abrasive soaps or cleansers, astringents, skin waxes and other products that irritate the skin may add to Atralin skin cream induced skin irritation.


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