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A 27-year-old female asked:

is it right that lamp light may decrease the effects of tretinoin ?

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Dr. Brock Andersen
Dermatology 17 years experience
Light and tretinoin: There was previously a suggestion that uv light (sunlight) inactivated tretinoin, but that has not been substantiated. No suggestion that other light, like lamp light inactivates tretinoin.

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Can I take retin-a while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No: As of now there is no good data assessing the safety of taking Retin-A while breastfeeding. I could not recommend starting or continuing this medication while breastfeeding.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to use retinoic acid while pregnant?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
No: Retinoic acid is the active ingredient in Accutane, a drug used to treat severe acne. This chemical has been found to be significantly dangerous throughout the entire pregnancy, but especially in the first 3-5 weeks of the developing fetus, causing significant abnormalities. It is crucial to discontinue retinoic acid at least 3 months prior to pregnancy.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take retin-a while pregnant?

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Dr. Barbara Toppin
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
NO: Retin a (tretinoin) is a drug for the treatment of acne and is not safe to take during pregnancy as it is known to cause defects in the developing fetus. Dermatologists recommend the use of two forms of contraception while taking retina. If a pregnancy is suspected or occurs while taking this drug. Your ob/gyn should be contacted immediately.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to use retin-a topically while pregnant?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
No: We really don't recommend it. Which is hard since most acne gets worse during pregnancy. Retin-a is similar to vitamin a and you can overdose on vitamin a during pregnancy which can injure your baby. You can do facial cleansers however.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Does retin-a work differently from accutane?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Yes: Retina is a topical which unclogs blackheads amd whiteheads.Accutane is an internal drug which works on shrinking the overactive oil glands.

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