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Doctor insights on: Other Prescription Creams Retinol Safe

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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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Dr. Lourdes Margarita Landron-Garcia
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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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Are dononex and tazorac (tazarotene) available OTC ?

Are dononex and tazorac (tazarotene) available OTC                                                                                                            ?

No.: I assume you meant "dovonex". Dovonex is a vitamin d-derived cream or ointment used to treat psoriasis, and tazorac (tazarotene) is a retinoid cream (similar to retin-a) used to treat acne and psoriasis. Both are available by prescription only. ...Read more

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Are topical face creams with neuropeptides safe to use for softening forehead lines?

Are topical face creams with neuropeptides safe to use for softening forehead lines?

Money: It's all about the money. You could part with a large amount. What will you get for it???? Better to spent it on something fun or save it. ...Read more

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Do Topical retinoids (Antiaging creams mostly retinoids) cause birth defects during pregnancy? Asking about topical not systemic?

Do Topical retinoids (Antiaging creams mostly retinoids) cause birth defects during pregnancy? Asking about topical not systemic?

No: External creams and lotions do not penetrate the skin deep enough to enter the blood. For any medication to affect the fetus, it must enter the blood that can go to the fetus. ...Read more

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Are topical anti-fungal creams safe to use during pregnancy?

Are topical anti-fungal creams safe to use during pregnancy?

Topical antifungal: Should be ok during pregnancy. But check with OB first as with any medication, . ...Read more

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Any good drug store (walgreens preferably), acne scar creams or gels that you recommend? Nothing too expensive. I'm on Accutane as well

Any good drug store (walgreens preferably), acne scar creams or gels that you recommend? Nothing too expensive. I'm on Accutane as well

Wait: You should generally finish your Accutane treatment before you try to treat the acne scars. Acne scars are very hard to get rid of. There are over the counter products that can help slightly with dark spots, but I would not expect a major improvement. Indented scars will not respond to anything sold over the counter. ...Read more

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Topical Fucidin cream combine with lightening cream is it safe?

Topical Fucidin cream combine with lightening cream is it safe?

Unlikely combination: I don't know of any reported interactions between fucidin cream and the common skin lighteners, which usually use hydroquinone as their active ingredient. But I've never run into a situation where both were used at the same time on the same area of skin. Dark spots are not usually infected, and vice versa. ...Read more

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Is there an OTC ointment as good as prescription topical steroids?

Is there an OTC ointment as good as prescription topical steroids?

Depends on needs: Low strength Hydrocortisone ointment and cream for use on skin are available otc. Higher strength Hydrocortisone and other more potent or specialized use steroid creams are only available by prescription. ...Read more

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Are there topical fungal creams to supplement the vicks?

Are there topical fungal creams to supplement the vicks?

Yes, OTC anitfungals: Vicks might work on nails but is not a good treatment for other fungal infections, especially if it is in the genital area-ouch! several over-the-counter (otc) preparations are available. Just follow the directions on the package. Some preparations are for symptom relief only but the infection will continue. If not sure what the rash is, or if it doesn't improve, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Eczema, are there steroid cream alternatives?

Eczema, are there steroid cream alternatives?

Yes many: See your doctor for a discussion regarding what the alternatives for your skin condition include. Eczema affects many areas of the skin and scalp and there are different treatments available according to your particular situation. ...Read more

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What other treatments besides over-the-counter skincare creams are available to eliminate scars?

What other treatments besides over-the-counter skincare creams are available to eliminate scars?

Scar revisions: The appearance of scars can be improved by excising the old one out and replacing it with a better, more discrete one or by resurfacing with use of a laser or dermabrasion. Sometime both methods are combined for the best result. However, you will still have a scar. You can only improve it, not make it disappear. ...Read more

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T3 mycin lotion,adaferin gel & azederm cream. Which is safe to use during pregnancy for acne?

T3 mycin lotion,adaferin gel & azederm cream. Which is safe to use during pregnancy for acne?

Acne cream : I think all are ok. I would double check with your OB they have certain likes and dislikes. I would stick with their program. Good luck and feel better ...Read more

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Can OTC benzoyl peroxide topicals be used while using prescription clindamycin and tretinoin or should BP be discontinued while using the prescription stuff?

Can OTC benzoyl peroxide topicals be used while using prescription clindamycin and tretinoin or should BP be discontinued while using the prescription stuff?

Ok to use all: It's ok to use all of these medications. They may dry out your skin so use appropriate gentle exfoliation and a non comedogenic moisturizer. ...Read more

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