Tretinoin cream is a widely used prescription drug that is particularly effective at treating skin blemishes and conditions that affect the appearance of skin. Due to its versatility, tretinoin is one of the most widely prescribed medications in the world.
Tretinoin is an acidic derivative of Vitamin A and has been in use since 1971, when the FDA approved it to treat acne. Tretinoin works by speeding up cell growth so that skin cells “turn over” more quickly as well as increasing collagen production, a vital component for healthy skin. For this reason, it is sometimes used to treat fine wrinkles and any signs of aging. The drug is most commonly prescribed as Retin-A.