Our skin plays an immense role in our external appearance. From kindergarten to age 60+, people struggle to maintain clear, healthy skin in many ways. Then, one day, acne pops up its ugly head. What do we do then? Smear on harsh chemicals and costly scrubs? Atralin gel, a specific brand of tretinoin, a form of vitamin A, helps the skin renew itself. Chemically, tretinoin is all-trans-retinoic acid inside the retinoid class of compounds, and a metabolite of vitamin A. Atralin gel is comprised of other chemical compounds including:
Used as a topical treatment for acne vulgaris, Atralin gel 0.05% is also used to fade mottled skin discoloration, lessen the appearance of wrinkles, and to make irregular facial skin feel smoother.
Exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays from tanning beds or sunlamps should be avoided since Atralin gel can increase the sensitivity of your skin to sunlight which can result in a sunburn. If you must be out in the sun, use a sunscreen of minimum SPF 15 and wear protective clothing.
Atralin gel should not be used on your mouth, lips, eyes, or in your nose. If it accidentally gets into any of these areas, wash with water. It should not be used on wind burned, sunburned, irritated, dry, chapped, or broken skin. Also, don’t apply this medication in wounds or on eczema affected areas. Be patient until these skin conditions have healed before using Atralin gel, in order to avoid aggregating damages.
It may seem like the gel isn’t working when you first begin using it. It’s recommended to continue using Atralin gel for the duration of its prescription as it may take weeks or months of use before improvement is apparent. It’s natural to get a slightly worse condition for a short time at the beginning of usage. If skin irritation becomes more and more severe or if your acne does not disappear within 8 to 12 weeks, call your doctor. Follow all directions on the label and package. Before buying any kind of acne treatment, inform of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you currently use.
Avoid buying or using Atralin if you are allergic to tretinoin. If you are pregnant, it is better to avoid Atralin gel throughout the period of pregnancy as it is still not known whether it may harm the fetus. Also it is not known whether tretinoin may pass into breast milk or if it could harm a breast feeding baby during lactation. Inform your doctor if you are breast feeding.
Atralin gel is topical and should be used only on your skin. Using this medicine on sunburns, open wounds, dry, chapped, or irritated skin will have harmful effects on your skin. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Atralin gel should be applied on your skin in recommended portions and time limits. Using this medicine in larger or smaller portions or for longer time may cause long term adverse effects. Wash your hands and your skin with non-medicated, mild soap and dry your skin gently before applying it. Use once a day before bedtime. Keep the gel away from your eyes, mouth, nose and wounded areas when putting the gel on your skin. Do not use Atralin gel more than the prescribed amount as it will cause irritation to your skin and won’t give better results. Remember, Atralin gel may work better for some patients than for others. So you need to continue treatment for the full prescription period. Leave the gel on for at least 1 hour after applying and avoid using other skin products on the treated area with in that period.
As soon as you remember, apply the missed dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Using extra medicine to compensate the missed dose will cause adverse effects.
Overdosing sometimes may cause skin irritation or increase the tendency to have irritations. If you feel any skin rash, swollen or irritated skin, seek emergency medical attention.
Store at room temperature, away from moisture and intense light, and as gel ingredients are flammable, make sure not to expose to heat or fire. Avoid smoking during use. Keep all your medications away from pets and children. Avoid pouring medications into a drain or flushing them down the toilet unless instructed to do so. When the prescription is over, properly discard the bottle to a dustbin.
Possible side effects may vary from person to person depending on their skin allergy responses. Hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your lips, tongue, face, or throat are the main allergic reactions. Seek emergency medical care if you got one or two of them at once. Also stop using Atralin gel and call your doctor at once if you have:
Avoid using skin products that contain sulfur, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or resorcinol unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor. Severe skin irritation can be resulted by these if used with Atralin gel. The following drugs can directly interact with Atralin causing aforementioned side effects.
Other drugs you take orally or inject will also have an effect on Atralin. Mixing drugs could cause increased adverse effects; inform each of your health care providers about medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbal products, vitamins, and supplements.
Try to contact your pharmacist to get more information about Atralin.