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A 28-year-old male asked:

Hi doctor. may i know is vitamin a cleanser effective at uncloggin pores? same effect as tretinoin? can it treat cystic acne? thanks.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
May help: However, it is not strong enough for cystic acne. This almost always requires isotretinoin. I hope that if you're offered this, you'll consider using it. It's not for the faint-hearted, but you owe it to yourself to be rid of your cystic acne for the several months or years that a course of rx will give you.
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