A 34-year-old male asked:
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is it better to combine vit c or retinol with 25% glycolic acid? which percentage? i've got adult acne and combination skin

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Dr. Matt Wachsman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Retinol: Is proven to mature skin and cure acne. Vitamin C is an organic acid in this context without more effect than domboro soak. I actually did both at your age--before there were better prescription ones like TAXORAC (sp). Vitamin A worked; soaks/antibiotics etc did not
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
Dr. Lana Long
Dr. Lana Long answered
32 years experience Dermatology
Retinol: Retinol is a vitamin A derivative, as is Retin A (tretinoin) which is helpful for many types of acne. I would also see a dermatologist, as there are many prescription products which may be more helpful. Hormonal imbalances are fairly common in adult acne and this should also be addressed.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
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