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What is the difference between retin a (tretinoin) and retinol?

What is the difference between retin a (tretinoin) and retinol?

Differnece between: Both are retinoids. They're both made from vitamin a and promote faster skin cell turnover. And they're some of the most proven, effective, and powerful options for treating skin issues ranging from acne to signs of aging.

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Vitamin A (Definition)

Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin. It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Vitamin A promotes good vision, especially in low light. It may also be needed ...Read more


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What is the difference between "retinol" and "retin a" in the acne medicine?

What is the difference between "retinol" and "retin a" in the acne medicine?

Retinol weaker: Retinol is less irritating and less expensive than tretinoin (retin-a). Retin-a is stronger and more effective for treatment of acne. ...Read more

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Using Retin A (tretinoin) 0.05 % once week and a over the counter retinol 0.05% 3ice a week. Can I add epiduo into the mix? Not all on the same night, alternating!

Try Retin-A only: You might try sticking with just the rx Retin-A and apply it every other night or every night as long as you do not get excessive redness or dryness of the skin. If so you can reduce the applications to every third day or whatever schedule works. Using the Retin-A on this type of schedule for several weeks is a good first step. Other meds can be added later by your doctor if needed. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is retinol 0.9% weaker, stronger or even with the strength of tretnoin 0.04% (retin a (tretinoin) micro). Will retin a (tretinoin) micro 0.04 % make a difference on my face?

Is retinol 0.9% weaker, stronger or even with the strength of tretnoin 0.04% (retin a (tretinoin) micro). Will retin a (tretinoin) micro 0.04 % make a difference on my face?

Retinol vrs Retin A (tretinoin): Significantly less people respond to retinol creams than to retinoic acid [tretinoin, retin a], and the degree of response tends to be less too. In theory, you should be able to apply retinol to the skin, wait till it gets converted to retinoic acid, however the conversion rate is low and varies greatly among individuals. ...Read more

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Can I use kiehl's ultra facial toner before applying retin-a 0.01% cream on to my face? The toner is alcohol free. Do I need moisturizer over retinol?

Can I use kiehl's ultra facial toner before applying retin-a 0.01% cream on to my face? The toner is alcohol free. Do I need moisturizer over retinol?

Yes you can: Use your toner immediately after you wash your face in the evenng. Wait 5to10 minuteso make sure there is no moisture on your skin and then use your retn a cream. Yes you can use moisturizer over it afterwards and that is ok. ...Read more

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Which is better for wrinkles on your face Glycolic Acid, Retinol, Retin A (tretinoin) or a combination of two. Like one in morning and one in at night. Tyvm?

Which is better for wrinkles on your face Glycolic Acid, Retinol, Retin A (tretinoin) or a combination of two. Like one in morning and one in at night. Tyvm?

Face/aging/wrinkles: Time to start a daily skin care regime is NOW! I recommend Retinol products + DefenAge system for skin care.. ...Read more

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Which is better for wrinkles on your face Glycolic Acid, Retin A, (tretinoin) Retinol or a combination of two of them. Like one at night one in morning. Tyvm?

Which is better for wrinkles on your face Glycolic Acid, Retin A, (tretinoin) Retinol or a combination of two of them. Like one at night one in morning. Tyvm?

Retin a (tretinoin): Most likely just retin A (tretinoin) ut check with your dermatologist. I think just retina A is enough over long term and low dose at first for wrinkles. Other is just add on. Never smoke this kills all the skin, not too much sun but 15 -30min. Only/day, Use face sunscreen. ...Read more

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Which is better for wrinkles on your face Retin A, (tretinoin) Glycolic Acid or a product containing Retinol. I'm confused. Tyvm?

Different chemicals: They are all beneficial but are different. They stimulate skin to rapidly exfoliate, make new smoother skin and stimulate collagen&elastin. Tretinoin and Retinol come from Vit. A.
Retin A:brand of Tretinoin, best effect, mostirritation, Script only.
Retinol :midpotency, midirritant, OTC
Glycolic acid is from Sugar. Lesser exfoliation and improvement of collagen&elastin, OTC, better for dry skin ...Read more

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Retin-A 0.1% on face and Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum (has retinol) under eyes. Take shower eyes look like prunes. What's wrong?

Retin-A 0.1% on face and Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum (has retinol) under eyes. Take shower eyes look like prunes. What's wrong?

Getting old & slim: Loss of weight. ..makes the fat under the skin disappear....leads to pronounced wrinkling. The mentioned med do not help in that. Filler/botox may help. ...Read more

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Can you do wisdom teeth extractions on someone who is on retinol or retin a (tretinoin)?

Can you do wisdom teeth extractions on someone who is on retinol or retin a (tretinoin)?

Yes: Neither drugs are contraindications for undergoing the removal of wisdom teeth. ...Read more

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What are the differences between retin-a and vitamin a?

The former is: A topical prescription pharmaceutical in the latter is a nutrient. Tretinoin is a man-made derivative of vitamin A ...Read more

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Best OTC retinols p?

Roc products: These are onderful and not as irritating. Always apply 30 minutes after washing. ...Read more

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What are the effects of retinol in pregnancy?

What are the effects of retinol in pregnancy?

Toxicity to infant: Retinol is a a vitamin a derivative is great for your skin but can theoretically be damaging to your developing infant. Better to wait to use creams that contain retinoids until after delivery (safe with breast feeding). ...Read more

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Can I use retinol nose drop to my infant?

Can I use retinol nose drop to my infant?

Saline better: If you need nose drops to clear congestion in an infant, better to use just plain old saline drops than any medicated drops. They work just as well if not better and are totally safe. ...Read more

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Is it safe to apply vitamin a directly on my skin as retinol?

Is it safe to apply vitamin a directly on my skin as retinol?

Retinol Benefits: Topical vitamin a (retinol) is converted to retinoic acid in the skin, producing many of the benefits that have been noted with retin a (tretinoin). These include the reduction of fine lines, smoothing of the skin surface, improvement of skin tone, and improvement of acne.

If the retinol concentration is too high, dryness and possibly irritation of the skin may be noticed. ...Read more

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What's the difference between retinol and vitamin a in skin cream, if any?

What's the difference between retinol and vitamin a in skin cream, if any?

Retinol more active: Retinol is an animal form of vitamin a. Vitamin
a comes in 2 sources: animal and plant. The animal source is called retinoids which include retinol. The plant source is called carotenoids which includes beta-carotene. The body converts beta-carotene to vitamin a. Retinol is the more active form of vitamin a that is better absorbed thru the skin. ...Read more

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Are other prescription creams like acutane or retinol safe to take as well?

Are other prescription creams like acutane or retinol safe to take as well?

For the most part.: While oral agents such as Accutane and Doxycycline cause significant birth defects and should be avoided. The topical agents are felt to be relatively safe in pregnancy. Benzoyl peroxide is the recommended agent for the treatment of acne in pregnancy. As with any medication or agent check with your health care provider before using any agent. ...Read more

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What is the difference between retinoic acid and retinol? Are they the same or almost the same?

What is the difference between retinoic acid and retinol? Are they the same or almost the same?

Retinoic acid: Both compounds are in the "retinoid" family of drugs. However, they have very different properties. Retinol is not nearly as effective as retinoic acid for acne, facial wrinkling, etc. Retin-a is the most famous of the retinoic acid compounds, but equally effective and cheaper generic products are also available. ...Read more

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My free retinol vitamin a blood test came back high. Normal levels are 30-78. Mine was 104. Is this a problem?

My free retinol vitamin a blood test came back high. Normal levels are 30-78. Mine was 104. Is this a problem?

Depends: If you are taking supplements, cut back some. Also check vitamin d levels to make sure they are not too low. A and d are competitively absorbed. Taking high doses of d can theoretically inhibit absorption of vitamin a. ...Read more

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Hi, what is more effective? Retinol or hyaluronic acid? In reducing the appearance of wrinkles and giving you a youthful look. Thanks

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I want to use a glycolic acid cleanser followed by a salicylic toner followed by a retinol serum. How much time should I leave in between?

I want to use a glycolic acid cleanser followed by a salicylic toner followed by a retinol serum. How much time should I leave in between?

Let it dry.: Be sure you dilute and remove all of the glycolic and let skin dry completely before applying the salicylic. You may get irritation with retinol over the salicylic, so best to let it dry first and if so, don't use them together. You could use a hair dryer on cool to make this quicker. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can using retinol -drugstore grade- cause dryness, causing more lines to appear around eyes? Is that a sign it's working? Should continue?

Can using retinol -drugstore grade- cause dryness, causing more lines to appear around eyes? Is that a sign it's working? Should continue?

Retinol: If you experience dryness or irritation try using the cream less frequently, and use only at night. You should also use a daytime moisturizer with spf in it to prevent sub damage. Good luck! ...Read more

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Greetings. I have premature wrinkles, can I apply retinol and hyaluronic acid together? If so which will I apply first, the former or latter?

Greetings. I have premature wrinkles, can I apply retinol and hyaluronic acid together? If so which will I apply first, the former or latter?

Both can be used: These agents can be used together. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is used to optimize and retain skin moisture. Retinol and other Retin compounds facilitate the rapid turnover of cells promoting re epithelialization which can even skin tone and soften wrinkles with collagen stimulation. Retin compounds can cause dryness, and application should ideally be followed with use of a moisturizer such as HA. ...Read more

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Is Retinol good for keeping wrinkles from getting worse? What should I look for in an OTC cream? Tried a serum before but it brought out more wrinkles

Yes: Yes, compounds with retinol will make light wrinkles better. Consider a prescription strength product for maximum results.
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