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can retin a (tretinoin) really work for acne?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
ACNE: Retin a (tretinoin) works for acne by drying up the comedones and later peeling off the skin making it smooth. Exposure to sunlight is a no no because of photosensetivity.

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I never had acne as a teenager. Why am I now getting acne as an adult?

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Man or Woman? Age?: I believe that acne can be caused by or aggravated by certain foods and medications. I would have to know your gender; your age, and do you eat nuts and peanut butter? High glycemic index foods? Chocolate? If you are a girl/woman, do you break out before your periods, for example?
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What is the best birth control pill for combating acne?

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Low androgen pill: Androgens are a group of hormones associated with "male traits", acne, hormone-related scalp hair loss, & hair growth in unwanted areas (e.g. facial) in women. Birth control pills contain a Progesterone (androgen) & often estrogen component. Pills with a low or anti- androgen Progesterone component (e.g. Yaz, (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) Yasmin, etc) are often helpful for hormone-related acne. Consult your doctor.
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How can you relieve eyes that are itchy and puffy due to acne cream?

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A 26-year-old member asked:

Why is my acne wash giving me a rash and making my face and neck turn red?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Sensitive skin: Some people have sensitive skin and will get irritated with acne creams/gels and with acne washes. If a doctor prescribed the treatment, the doctor can adjust the amount of treatment. If the medications are all over-the-counter, one can try using them less frequently to see if the skin quickly improves and loses the irritated, reddened appearance. If not improving, a doctor should evaluate.

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