Tretinoin (Retin-A) Cream, Gel
What is Retin-A used for?
Gel vs Cream: which is better?
Is Retin-A cream better than the gel? Which retinoic acid product to choose for purchase?
The gel contains more alcohol and is more drying and irritating than the cream. So the gel is useful for acne-prone and oily skin. The cream is more gentle and a bit more moisturizing. So it is better for aging and sensitive skin.
Tretinoin is the active ingredient in both formulations. The difference is the vehicle.
The cream contains tretinoin in a hydrophilic vehicle of stearic acid, isopropyl myristate, polyoxyl 40 stearate, stearyl alcohol, xanthan gum, sorbic acid, butylated hydroxytoluene, and purified water1.
The gel contains tretinoin in a vehicle of butylated hydroxytoluene, cellulose, and ethanol1.
Retin-A Micro® microsphere is a new prescription formulation containing tretinoin in round microscopic particles (Microsponge systems). The microsphere technology helps to minimize skin irritation without affecting the efficacy.
Last updated: September 28, 2013
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