How is tretinoin cream used to treat molluscum contagiosum?

Updated: Aug 09, 2018
  • Author: Ashish C Bhatia, MD, FAAD, FACMS; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Tretinoin cream 0.1% or gel 0.025% is applied daily. Apply it to a region of skin with scattered lesions. It may produce eczema and may increase the number of lesions through autoinoculation; however, a small amount of tretinoin may be applied to individual lesions with the rough end of a broken toothpick. Rotate the toothpick, gently abrading the lesion and increasing the inflammatory response produced by the tretinoin. Treat lesions every few days until significant inflammation or resolution occurs.


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