A 20-year-old male asked:
what is the difference between tretinoin and isotretinoin. is retin a micro gel similar to isotrex topical gel, are they basically the same product?
2 doctor answers
Dr. James Chappell answered
28 years experience Plastic Surgery
Both are Vitamin A's: One is a cream/gel the other one is a pill. Accutane and Retin-A are both forms of vitamin a, just in different forms. Retin-a or tretinoin (generic name) is a cream/gel is applied to the face and it works from the outside in. Accutane (isotretinoin) is a high dose of vitamin a just like Retin-A is, but instead it is in a oral medication that works from the inside out.
Answered on Jul 1, 2014
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