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A 28-year-old male asked:

I have cracked lips since 3 weeks due to medicin name oratane for acne.i am using vaseline but its not working?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 19 years experience
Dry skin: It is due to the strong acne medicine. If you have not stopped then you need to consider stopping if the dry lips is too much. Make sure you are not taking any additional vitamin a and keep utilizing the vaseline petroleum jelly around the clock. Talk to your dermatologist.
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Dr. Mark Checcone
Facial Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Sensitive lips: Oratane is a retinoid which increases epithelial cell turnover to help acne. On your lips, this rapid turnover means your lips get drier and chapped. You can continue to use moisturizer on the lips if the rest of your acne is better, or you can stop oratane and substitute with a topical retinoid cream on the acne avoiding the lips so they are not as affected. Best of luck to you.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016


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