Aklief cream (Trifarotene) is a prescription topical cream used to treat acne vulgaris on the face and torso in adults and adolescents over the age of 9 years old. Trifarotene belongs to a class of medications called retinoids. It belongs to the group of medications called acne therapy. This medication works by affecting the growth of cells and decreasing swelling and inflammation. Aklief cream may decrease the number and severity of acne pimples and it can speed up the healing of pimples that develops. This medication will clear the skin pores and keeps them clear. You will begin to see improvement 4 to 8 weeks after starting the medication, with more improvement as you continue to use the Aklief cream.
The brand Aklief cream comes from Canada manufactured by Galderma in the strength of 0.005%/75 gm cream. There is no generic available for this medication.
You may have some common side effects especially during the first 4 weeks of using this medication. The common side effects include:
• Mild stinging or burning;
• Skin redness
Inform your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects such as:
• Eye swelling;
• Skin discoloration;
• Very red or irritated skin
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. Contact your doctor right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction such as itching and swelling, rash, severe dizziness and trouble breathing.
Do not use Aklief cream if you are allergic to Trifarotene or if you have any other allergies. Before you start using this cream, talk to your doctor about your medical history especially if you have eczema. It is unknown if this cream is safe and effective in children younger than 9 years old. This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. You should limit your time in the sun and avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Inform your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters or redness. Do not use Aklief cream during pregnancy unless it is clearly needed. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor before breast-feeding. If you use this medications while breast-feeding, do not apply it on the nipples or areolas.