The Difference Between Retin-A and Tretinoin

Do you wonder what is the difference between Retin-A and Tretinoin, or whether you were prescribed the wrong acne cream/gel? Not to worry, you’ve got the medication you’re supposed to have. Retin-A is a brand name for the drug tretinoin. Yes, medications have their brands.

Retin-A has become the most popular term used when referring to topical tretinoin treatments. But many companies manufacture topical tretinoin.

Some offer tretinoin treatments under brand names that you’ve probably heard before: Retin-A Micro, Avita, and Renova. Generic tretinoin is also available, which is the medication that you have.

Don’t think that generic tretinoin creams and gels are of lower quality, or that they won’t work as well. Generic tretinoin will give you the same type of results as brand name Retin-A. All tretinoin products work in the same way, by speeding cell turnover rates and keeping pores free from blockages, or comedones.


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