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Can i buy retin-a over the counter?

Can i buy retin-a over the counter?

No: The retinoids such as retin-a, differin, and tazorac (tazarotene) are by prescription only. They are commonly used to treat acne. ...Read more

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Where can I get a quality over the counter retin a (tretinoin) cream? What's the best way to build collagen?

Where can I get a quality over the counter retin a (tretinoin) cream? What's the best way to build collagen?

Yes: Retinol, a form of vitamin a, is found in many otc products. Your local pharmacist can suggest a product but l'oreal, neutrogena, and oil of olay all make nice products with retinol. After you have a chance to try one of the products you can get stronger levels and a good skin care regimen from a dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon.
Deeper lines may require fillers or laser for more results. ...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!

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 it ok to continue taking metformin even if i don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if i don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...Read more

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What are differin (adapalene) side effects?

What are differin (adapalene) side effects?

Very few: There are no reported systemic side effects but topical side effects include dry skin, scaling, redness, itching, burning, or sensitivity to light. ...Read more

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Does adapalene cream 0.1 help with wrinkles?

Does adapalene cream 0.1 help with wrinkles?

It is a retinoid: These creams have been shown to improve winkles but were primarily used for acne treatment. Many patients feel that their improvement faded after they stopped using the cream. The results do not compare with other forms of skin wrinkle improvement including laser treatments and even ipl in those patients with a lot of undesirable redness at the "crows feet" region. ...Read more

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How long does differin (adapalene) gel stay in the system for?

Differin (adapalene) gel: Only tiny amounts are absorbed through your skin into your body. The topical effects should be gone in a few days. ...Read more

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Does differin (adapalene) have any effects on the inside of the body if it is absorbed through the skin?

Does differin (adapalene) have any effects on the inside of the body if it is absorbed through the skin?

No: You should be using a pea sized drop for whole side of face.Cthe absorption is minimal and it is retinoid, or synthetic derivative of vitamin a which is converted by skin .Side effects are limited to dryness and local irriitation. ...Read more

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What are adapalene microspheres and cindamycin phosphate gel uses?

What are adapalene microspheres and cindamycin phosphate gel uses?

Acne: Adapalene is formulation of Retin_a basically a vitamin A durative that helps control exfoliation and reduces acne. It is not sensitive to Benzoyl peroxide. Clindamycin is an antibiotic you rub onto your face and it gets absorbed. It is a means of taking antibiotics without a pill. it doesn't get as high a blood lever and tends to act at the acne itself.
These are mainstays of acne care. ...Read more

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Adapalene gel microspheres what is it for?

Adapalene gel microspheres what is it for?

Acne: Most commonly for acne, its a good preparation of a newer form of retin-A and it aids in exfoliation. THe product is also used for fine lines , melasma, ...Read more

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Is adapalene gel used for jock itches?

Is adapalene gel used for jock itches?

No: It is the brand for an acne product called differin (adapalene). It would be very irritating in the groin region. ...Read more

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What are side effect of ap gel (adapalene gel) ?. Thank you

What are side effect of ap gel (adapalene gel) ?. Thank you

Skin irritation: Dryness, scaling, redness, stinging. All the side effects center around irritation of the skin. These side effects generally are worst at initiation of treatment and fade after a few weeks. ...Read more

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Usage and results of adapalene gel microspheres 0.1 deriva MS ?

Usage and results of adapalene gel microspheres 0.1 deriva MS ?

Excellent RX: This is one of the formulations for adapalene and it is one of the better medications. I prefer the cream only because it dissolves in the skin better. The efficacy is really good for people suffering with acne. I hope it helps you as well. Put it on at bedtime to avoid any sun sensitivities in the daytime. ...Read more

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Hello. Im currenty using Differin (adapalene) 0.1% and this id my third day. However im having terrible break outs since day 1. What do i do?

Relax: This is irritating when first used, so you may begin with twice a week and gradually increase. If acne seems worse at first this may actually be a clue that it is working. Keep with it. Expect to see desired result in 2 or 3 months. The generic, adapalene, is cheaper. Either way it comes as .1% and .3%. There are no other strengths. Consult a dermatologist for best result. ...Read more

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Will differin (adapalene) repair wrinkles?

Will differin (adapalene) repair wrinkles?

Maybe: Differin is adapalene, a medication that is used for the treatment of acne. It can cause a temporary swelling of the skin but is not advocated for lasting relief of wrinkles. ...Read more

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Can you use differin (adapalene) cream on armpits?

Can you use differin (adapalene) cream on armpits?

What for?: Differing cream is indicated for acne treatment. I am not sure if you have acne on your armpits. Please have your doctor check it out first. ...Read more

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Do dermatology offices have differin (adapalene) coupons?

Maybe: You can ask your dermatologist if they have any coupons for differin (adapalene). If they don't perhaps you can go on the website and there might be one there. ...Read more

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How does differin (adapalene) work on existing blackheads?

Mild peeling: Differin (adapalene) causes very mild peeling of the top layer of skin, opening the top layers around the plugged pores and allowing them to unclog. It works best when accompanied by good skin care--careful and regular washing, not scrubbing. ...Read more

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Can Ziana gel & Differin gel be used in conjunction with each other?

Can Ziana gel & Differin gel be used in conjunction with each other?

Better not: Both are retinoids, would have an additive effect and no added value, rather increased side effects as excessive skin dryness, ask your doctor for re-evaluation, best wishes ...Read more

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What is the difference between Differin (adapalene) 0.1% ""Gel" and "Cream" ?

They differ: gels are clear and often alcohol based and tend to disappear cosmetically when applied
creams are opaque and have an emollient base and may be less cosmetically appealing and may give skin a greasy appearance unlike gels ...Read more

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