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how should i use retin-a acne medication?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Months: Retin a (tretinoin) will work gradually over a 3 month period and can be used after the three months to continue to improve the skn.
Dr. Amy Miller
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Retin A (tretinoin) for acne: Retin a (tretinoin) is a great medication for acne but it is very strong! the first rule is to use it sparingly, more is not better. A pea sized drop is all you need for your whole face. Initially it will make you dry, red and flakey, but it helps dry out and calm down the oils glands. Use it before bed and not in the am, it will make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Wear sunscreen!

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What can I do to eradicate painful acne due to my pregnancy?

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Dr. Moises Perez
Pharmacology 18 years experience
Acne in pregnancy: There are some tips that may help you in your pregnancy acne. Try to wash gently with a mild cleanser twice a day. Make sure to use an oil free moisturizer. Try not to squeeze or rub your pimples to avoid scarring. Use non comedogenic make up that will not clog your pores. Try to figure out what triggers your acne and avoid those triggers although it may be largely due to hormonal changes.
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Why do I have acne if parents did not have acne?

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That's nature : Many factors, age, diet, stress, environment, etc. In addition, genetically speaking, although similar, you are not identical to your parents dna. In addition your age by itself, and higher levels of hormones may also have an effect on acne.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to get rid of discoloration from acne scars?

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Dr. Moises Perez
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Yes!: There are many products on the market that can even out your skin complexion. I like topical niacinamide and topical vitamin b.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Hey I was wondering what is the best cream to use for post-acne dark spots / scars?

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Many Options: Avoid products with mineral oil, propylene glycol, petrolatum and even shea butter as these ingredients may clog pores and make acne worse. Skinceuticals, obagi, and cosmo grade may be great resources for you.
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A 19-year-old male asked:

Which is more effective for acne retin-a or benoyl peroxide medications?

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Dr. Joyce Adams
Adolescent Medicine 44 years experience
Depends on type: There are two basic types of acne; comedonal and inflammatory. Pimples that are small, with a center that is white or black, are called comedones. Dermatologists usually recommend medications like Retin-A for that type of acne. If the pimples are larger, red, and tender to touch, medication that helps get rid of bacteria on the skin, like benzoyl peroxide, work best. Using both helps mixed type.

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