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Dr. Emily Altman
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Retin A (Overview)

Retin-A is a cancer agent.


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Why is it that retin-a dries your skin so much and make it irritated?

Why is it that retin-a dries your skin so much and make it irritated?

Because...: ...That's what it does. Retin-a is drying and irritating by its very nature. That's why we usually advise people to apply it at bedtime - so that most of the dryness and irritation occurs while you are asleep. Over time (days to weeks), your skin becomes accustomed to retin-a; the dryness and irritation decreases substantially, and often goes away entirely; so keep it up. ...Read more

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Dr. Emily Altman
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Retin A (Overview)

Retin-A is a cancer agent.


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26 female, h'v been prescribed retin-a cream by dermtolgst 4some sort of acne on face, applied every night for 2weeks, bt now skin is extreme dry &stiff?

26 female, h'v been prescribed retin-a cream by dermtolgst 4some sort of acne on face, applied every night for 2weeks, bt now skin is extreme dry &stiff?

How to use Retin A (tretinoin): Retin a (tretinoin) can be difficult to use. You may want to start using it gradually such as every other night. In case your doctor didn't tell you here are some instructions. Wash with a gentle soapless fragrance free cleanser. Dry your face and let it continue to dry for 30 more minute. Then apply a green pea size drop to the entire face.This will make it easier to use. ...Read more

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How long can retin-a cream be used?

How long can retin-a cream be used?

During acne prone: Retina can be used during the acne prone years. It can dry the skin so you should consult with your dermatologist or prescriber about using a non-acne causing moisturizer. ...Read more

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Does retin-a work differently from accutane?

Yes: Retina is a topical which unclogs blackheads amd whiteheads.Accutane is an internal drug which works on shrinking the overactive oil glands. ...Read more

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I have eruptive syringtomas on my thigh, how can I cure it? I've tried retin a (tretinoin) cream, nothing works.

Typically topicals : do not work. I recommend appointment with dermatologist for either electrodesiccation or laser treatments. And it can take multiple sessions ...Read more

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Is it safe to use anti-aging products with retin a (tretinoin)?

Is it safe to use anti-aging products with retin a (tretinoin)?

Retin-A: Retin-a users reported improvements in skin texture, including diminished wrinkles and brown spots. Early studies soon confirmed its anti-aging effects. In 1988, dr. Voorhees and his colleagues at michigan published the first double-blind study of retin-a’s effect on photodamaged skin and found that all 30 patients who completed the 16-week study showed statistically significant improvement. ...Read more

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Is there any long-term side effects of retin-a like after 20yr?

Is there any long-term side effects of retin-a like after 20yr?

Retin-A: Retin-a is a photosensitizer; so prolonged use may increase sensitivity to sun exposure. Temporary hyper or hypopigmentation has been reported with repeated application. "to date, all adverse effects of Retin-A have been reversible upon discontinuance of therapy". ...Read more

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How long does it take for retin-a to begin working?

Most people...: ...Notice superficial redness and peeling almost immediately - often after the very first application. Deeper effects, such as stimulation of new collagen formation, takes longer - weeks to months - because collagen regenerates so slowly. The more potent formulations work more quickly than milder ones -- but they also cause more irritation of the skin. ...Read more

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What happens if I use too much retin a (tretinoin)?

What happens if I use too much retin a (tretinoin)?

Dry skin: Retin-a is very drying, so using too much can cause excessive dryness. Also, it makes you more sensitive to sunburn, which is why it is usually recommended to only use a small amount and always use sunscreen. ...Read more

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Retin a (tretinoin) vs proactive? I have oily skin& many pimples&blackheads/scars on my cheeks&forehead. Which is best i need clear skin b4wedding in may ! help

Retin a (tretinoin) vs proactive? I have oily skin& many pimples&blackheads/scars on my cheeks&forehead. Which is best i need clear skin b4wedding in may ! help

Get seen: You want to be clear for your wedding. Your acne's been neglected too long -- nowadays, no young woman should have scarring. Get with your personal physician; topicals are only 50% likely to clear it no matter how aggressively you use them. ...Read more

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What are retin-a effects?

Retinoid effects: Retinoids should cause some degree of redness and peeling. If that isn't happening then the strength is not high enough. The peeling can be easily treated with most any moisturizer. This is why retinoids are useful for comedonal acne (whiteheads and blackheads). ...Read more

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What is the best otc retin-a?

What is the best otc retin-a?

None: Retin-A and similar medications are not over-the-counter in the U.S. They require a doctor's exam and prescription. Some cosmetics and OTC creams use retinol, which is a type of vitamin A, maybe because manufacturers think using the word "retinol" may sell more creams than using the word "vitamin A." ...Read more

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How long does it take for retin-a to begin working?

Most people...: ...Notice superficial redness and peeling almost immediately - often after the very first application. Deeper effects, such as stimulation of new collagen formation, takes longer - weeks to months - because collagen regenerates so slowly. The more potent formulations work more quickly than milder ones -- but they also cause more irritation of the skin. ...Read more

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I'm not sure, but should retin-a make me break out?

I'm not sure, but should retin-a make me break out?

Skin irritation: Retin a (tretinoin) should not cause acne, but can cause dry, scaly, red skin that may itch or burn. Usually this common side effect improves with time and can be avoided by starting gradually with a low dose and increasing slowly to reach the full recommended dose. ...Read more

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