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A 21-year-old female asked:

does kojic soap can cure acne dark spots and tretinoin cream 0.05?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
ACNE: Yes, it peel off gradually the blemishes and take care of your acne.
Dr. Janet Turkle
Plastic Surgery 35 years experience
It may: Kojic acid is an agent that helps to decrease darkly pigmented areas. Retin a (tretinoin) along with the kojic acid can augment the effectiveness in reducing areas of hyper pigmentation. Remember to practice safe sun exposure by always wearing a good sunscreen to prevent further pigmentation.

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