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What is tretinoin cream 0.025 percent?

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Tretinoin is the generic name of the active ingredient in products such as Retin-A and Avita, according to MedicineNet. Tretinoin derives from vitamin A and causes rapid skin cell division and death, leading to improvements in the skin's appearance. The available concentrations in topical creams include 0.025 percent active ingredient.

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The medicine is applied topically to the skin to treat acne and skin damage from sun exposure. Sun-damaged skin often shows fine wrinkling and hyperpigmentation. Improvements among patients with sun-damaged skin typically occur within the first month of treatment. According to MedicineNet, the Food and Drug Administration provided approval for topical tretinoin in 1971. It is a prescription medication.

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