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what is the difference between "retinol" and "retin a" in the acne medicine?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
27 years experience Dermatology
Retinol weaker: Retinol is less irritating and less expensive than tretinoin (retin-a). Retin-a is stronger and more effective for treatment of acne.
Answered on Apr 8, 2018

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