The Retin-A Micro Pump May Improve Acne Therapy

Retin-A Micro Pump

Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting 40-50 million people. A recent study, published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, found that treatment with the Retin-A Micro Pump (tretinoin gel microsphere) may bring significant improvement in patient compliance with acne therapy, bringing satisfaction and improved overall quality of life.

Dr. Richard Fried MD PhD, the clinical director of Yardley Dermatology Associates in Pennsylvania, evaluated 544 patients with mild to moderate acne who were dissatisfied with their current treatment. Their level of dissatisfaction was measured using the Acne Quality of Life Index (Acne-QOLI). The patients were treated with REtin-A Micro -.04%/0.1% Pump for 12 consecutive weeks.


Over 80% of the patients found Retin-A Micro Pump to be an excellent or very good means of dispensing medication and were very satisfied with the convenience and effectiveness of pump treatment application. Many saw visible improvement of acne within two weeks of treatment initiation.

Retin-A is a natural form of vitamin A called tretinoin. It can be used to treat mild to moderate acne and is especially effective for those with comedonal acne – a combination of blackheads and whiteheads. Retin-A can also reduce post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or the occurrence of dark spots and discoloration left by acne breakouts.

Retin-A works by speeding up cell turnover rates, rapidly exfoliating the skin and decreasing the buildup of dead cells within the follicle. Because only a small amount is needed (and excess can irritate the skin), the Retin-A Micro Pump application system can help to get only the amount of medication needed for treatment.

The Retin-A Micro Pump is approved by the FDA and available by prescription only in two strengths – 0.04% and 0.1%. Your dermatologist will decide which is best for your skin.