What is Atralin™?

A. Delgado
A. Delgado
Atralin may be used to treat acne.
Atralin may be used to treat acne.

Atralin™ is a topical gel medication used to treat acne. It contains the active ingredient tretinoin, which helps reduce and control skin blemishes. Many patients may find that Atralin™ briefly makes acne worse before improving the condition within two to six weeks. It is generally considered a safe medication, but common side effects include mild stinging and warmth at the area Atralin™ is applied.

Patients can use gauze pads to apply Atralin.
Patients can use gauze pads to apply Atralin.

Patients experiencing recurring or severe cases of acne vulgaris can ask their doctor about prescribing Atralin™. The tretinoin in the medication is a form of Vitamin A, which helps clear the pores and encourages the skin affected by acne to peel off so that healthier skin can grow. Atralin™ can't prevent acne permanently, but it does help the condition improve.

Patients who take Atralin™ should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
Patients who take Atralin™ should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.

Doctors direct patients to use Atralin™ once a day on a daily basis or every two or three days, usually in the evening or before bedtime. Patients need to clean their hands and face with a non-alcoholic cleanser or mild soap and wait 30 minutes to one hour before applying the medication. Applying it to damp skin can cause irritation. Patients should use a gauze pad or their fingertips to apply Atralin™ gel only where acne occurs on the face.

Due to increased sensitivity to the sun caused by Atralin, patients are encouraged to wear sunscreen whenever they go outside.
Due to increased sensitivity to the sun caused by Atralin, patients are encouraged to wear sunscreen whenever they go outside.

Most patients will notice that their acne gets worse soon after they start using Atralin™. The medication typically begins to reduce acne within two to six weeks, so patients should tell their doctor if their acne doesn't improve or gets worse after eight to 12 weeks.

Applying Atralin™ to chapped, sunburned or broken skin can cause the absorption of too much tretinoin. Patients should ask their doctor about the safety of using other topical medications with Atralin™, especially if they contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Doctors generally consider non-medicated cosmetics safe to use. Other conditions that doctors need to know about include pregnancy, breastfeeding, allergies to tretinoin and whether the patient is currently taking antibiotics or any other medications.

Atralin is a topical medication that may be used to reduce skin blemishes.
Atralin is a topical medication that may be used to reduce skin blemishes.

Mild and temporary side effects of Atralin™ include stinging and warmth in facial skin, a change in skin tone, redness and scaling. The medication also causes increased sensitivity to the sun and UV rays. Patients should wear sunscreen, stay out of direct sunlight and avoid tanning salons.

Signs of allergic reactions to Atralin™ include difficulty breathing, hives and swelling. Patients should stop using Atralin™ and seek immediate medical care if they experience any of these. Mild side effects that become severe or persistent also require medical attention.

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    • Atralin may be used to treat acne.
      By: soupstock
      Atralin may be used to treat acne.
    • Patients can use gauze pads to apply Atralin.
      By: picsfive
      Patients can use gauze pads to apply Atralin.
    • Patients who take Atralin™ should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
      By: Antonioguillem
      Patients who take Atralin™ should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
    • Due to increased sensitivity to the sun caused by Atralin, patients are encouraged to wear sunscreen whenever they go outside.
      By: Maridav
      Due to increased sensitivity to the sun caused by Atralin, patients are encouraged to wear sunscreen whenever they go outside.
    • Atralin is a topical medication that may be used to reduce skin blemishes.
      By: photoncatcher36
      Atralin is a topical medication that may be used to reduce skin blemishes.
    • Allergies to Atralin may result in hives.
      By: Rob Byron
      Allergies to Atralin may result in hives.