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35+ Tretinoin Creams in India and Which Ones to Avoid

Tretinoin creams are a powerful treatment for acne, especially cystic, under-the-skin bumps. There are many variations of tretinoin available in India and it can easily lead to confusion.

Although you should stick to the exact version prescribed by your dermatologist, this list can help you locate lower / higher concentrations of tretinoin. We will also see some of the combinations of tretinoin with other chemicals and if they fare any better.

You will also see which tretinoin formulas you must avoid for long term use.

Read about how to use tretinoin creams such as Retino-A safely.

None of the products mention below can be used by women who are pregnant or nursing.
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Tretinoin creams

product name and
consistency (cream / gel)
concentration price
Retino-A cream
by Johnson’s & johnson’s
0.025% and 0.05% 0.025 % Rs. 113 for 20 gm tube
0.05 % Rs. 108.73 for 20 gm tube
A-Ret gel
by Shalaks Pharmaceuticals
0.025%, 0.05%, 0.1% 0.025 % Rs. 41.80 for 20gm tube
0.05 % Rs. 53.70 for 20 gm tube
0.1 % Rs. 86 for 20 gm tube
Nexret gel
by Dr. Reddy’s
0.04 % and 0.1 % 0.04 % Rs. 136 for 15gm tube
0.1 % Rs. 190 for 15 gm tube
Ontin cream
by Santiago Life Sciences
0.05% Rs. 59 for 30 gm tube
Pinoin cream
by East West Pharma
0.03 % and 0.05 % 0.03 % RS. 49.9 for 20 gm tube
0.05 % Rs. 68.80 for 20 gm tube
Eudyna cream
by Zydus Cadila
0.05 % Rs. 49 for 20 gm
Revize cream
by Glenmark
0.02 % Rs. 299 for 15 gm tube
Supatret gel
by Sun Pharmaceuticals
0.04 % and 0.1 % 0.04 % Rs. 144 for 20 gm
0.1 % Rs. 165 for 20 gm
Airol cream
by Abbott Healthcare
0.025% and 0.05% Rs. 38.21 for 20 gm for
both 0.025% and 0.05%
Comedolytic cream
by Fem Care
0.025% Rs. 60 for 20 gm tube
Retop A
by Dermocare
0.01% and 0.025% Rs. 54 for 20 gm tube

Tretinoin creams with antibiotics

Some tretinoin formulas are available as a mix of tretinoin with topical antibiotics such as clindamycin and erythromycin. In this case, the antibiotic is added to curb acne infection while tretinoin affects peeling and regulation of oil glands.

Research shows that combination formulas with tretinoin and clindamycin together get better results in reduction of pimples than either tretinoin or clindamycin alone.

  1. Retino-AC gel (tretinoin 0.025 %, clindamycin 1 %)
  2. Acsolve-C gel (tretinoin 0.025 %, clindamycin 1 %)
  3. Treclin  gel (tretinoin 0.025 %, clindamycin 1 %)
  4. Tretin-C gel (tretinoin 0.025 %, clindamycin 1 %)
  5. Aknemycin Plus solution (tretinoin 0.025 %, erythromycin 4 %)

Tretinoin creams with skin lighteners and steroids

It is a common practice to prescribe hydroquinone (skin lightener) and mometasone (steroid) based tretinoin products for people dealing with acne and dark spots.

Corticosteroids such as mometasone and  fluocinolone acetonide are used for reducing swelling and itching on the skin. Hydroquinone blocks the formation of dark pigment, thereby lightening the skin. Even though all these effects sound very useful, any misuse of products containing them can and does cause damage.

Research shows that tretinoin + hydroquinone + mometasone can backfire and leave a person with worse skin condition than before – darker skin, veins showing through the skin, abnormal hair growth on the body and steroid-induced acne.

We’ve heard of many members on Acne Mantra being prescribed such triple combination preparations by their doctors. The thing is, such preparations must be used for a limited amount of time (only until the doctor prescribed) to prevent irreversible damage to the skin.

These preparations are actually more suitable for treatment of melasma (dark patches on the skin) than acne itself. It is unfortunate that such steroid preparations are being misused as fairness creams out of ignorance and desperation.

Just in case it has not been clear yet – DO NOT use the following creams on your own without a doctor’s prescription. Even then, DO NOT use them for longer than a few weeks at a time.

  1. Acnezac-MH cream (hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, mometasone 0.1 %)
  2. A-Ret-HC cream (hydrocortisone acetate 1 %, hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.05 %)
  3. A-Ret-HC topical solution (tretinoin 0.025 %, hydroquinone 2 %, hydrocortisone 1 %)
  4. Depig-TM cream (hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, mometasone furoate 0.1 %)
  5. D-Masi cream (hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, mometasone furoate 0.1 %)
  6. Eveglow cream (hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, mometasone 0.1 %)
  7. Hqlite cream (hydroquinone 20 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, hydrocortisone acetate 1%)
  8. HQN Plus cream (hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, mometasone furoate 0.1 %)
  9. Melabest cream (hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, mometasone 0.1 %)
  10. Melacare cream (hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, mometasone furoate 0.1 %)
  11. Melacare Forte cream (hydroquinone 4 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, mometasone furoate 0.1 %)
  12. Melacare-HC cream (hydroquinone 4 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, hydrocortisone 1 %)
  13. Melacut cream (hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, mometasone furoate 0.1 %)
  14. Melalite Plus cream (hydrocortisone acetate 1 %, hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.05 %)
  15. Melalite-XL cream (hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, mometasone furoate 0.1 %)
  16. Melalong cream (hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.025 %)
  17. Melanorm-HC cream (hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, hydrocortisone acetate 1 %)
  18. Melanorm-HC Forte cream (hydroquinone 2 %, hydrocortisone acetate 1 %, tretinoin 0.05 %)
  19. Metacortil-Lite cream (mometasone 0.1 %, hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.025 %)
  20. M-Lite cream (mometasone 0.1 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, hydroquinone 2 %)
  21. Multi-HTM cream (hydroquinone 4 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, mometasone furoate 0.1 %)
  22. Tinacare ointment (hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.025 %, mometasone furoate 0.1 %)
  23. Triglow cream (hydroquinone 2 %, tretinoin 0.05 %, fluocinolone acetonide 0.01 %)

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