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How well does retin-a get rid of body acne?

How well does retin-a get rid of body acne?

Not by itself: Body acne occurs most commonly on the upper back, arms and chest over large surface areas. It is not practical to cover all the area with retin a. Deep cleaning with microdermabrasion and topical salicylic acid works well. Oral antibiotics may be needed for deeper cystic acne on the body. ...Read more

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A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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Retin-a - is that the best acne option?

Retin-a - is that the best acne option?

Part of good plan: Typically no one acne medication is going to do as good a job as an individualized regimen consisting of a good face wash, topical or oral antibiotics if acne more moderate to severe and a retinoid product like Retin-A to help with clogged pores. Retina is a great medication but if used in isolation may not be best option. ...Read more

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Would retin a clear up my acne and where can I get it from?

Would retin a clear up my acne and where can I get it from?

Retin A: It is a medication used for acne. it is a topical cream form. In USA you need a prescription Follow up with dermatologist. For the topical form caution in pregnancy as in animals it has been found to cause birth defects.

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Retin a (tretinoin) for acne and blackheads?

Retin a (tretinoin) for acne and blackheads?

Acne: Retin a (tretinoin) is a topical product usually dispensed as a cream or gel available in different strengths that is effective in reducing inflammatory (red) pimples and comedones (black heads and white heads). The product is drying and should be used sparingly. Caution with sun exposure. See a dermatologist for a treatment regimen. ...Read more

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Is retin-a micro safe as an acne medicine?

Is retin-a micro safe as an acne medicine?

See below: Generally, yes, assuming you're not pregnant and take proper precautions regarding sunlight exposure. In addition, it's always important to read the package insert. ...Read more

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Do you think I should try retin-a for mild acne?

Do you think I should try retin-a for mild acne?

Yes: It's a superb choice especially if you have a lot of blackheads. ...Read more

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How should I use retin-a acne medication?

How should I use retin-a acne medication?

Months: Retin a (tretinoin) will work gradually over a 3 month period and can be used after the three months to continue to improve the skn. ...Read more

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Which is more effective for acne retin-a or benoyl peroxide medications?

Depends on type: There are two basic types of acne; comedonal and inflammatory. Pimples that are small, with a center that is white or black, are called comedones. Dermatologists usually recommend medications like Retin-A for that type of acne. If the pimples are larger, red, and tender to touch, medication that helps get rid of bacteria on the skin, like benzoyl peroxide, work best. Using both helps mixed type. ...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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What is the difference between Tazorac (tazarotene) and Retin-A (in the setting of acne tx)?

Both are retinoids: Depends on which one is tolerated more or gives better results, usually Tazorac (tazarotene) is more potent, ask your doctor, you may want to try both and decide for yourself, given that you use them right and follow the instructions well, take care ...Read more

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Would the long term use of retin-a thin out the skin? What are the risks if so? I do not suffer from acne by the way.

Would the long term use of retin-a thin out the skin? What are the risks if so? I do not suffer from acne by the way.

Long term Retin A (tretinoin): Retin a (tretinoin) can cause birth defects so please don't get pregnant while on Retin-A however it does not thin out the skin like steroid creams. It can cause redness of the skin. ...Read more

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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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Can retin a (tretinoin) really work for acne?

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. ...Read more

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How does Retin A (tretinoin) 0.025 help treat acne?

How does Retin A (tretinoin) 0.025 help treat acne?

Tricky: It will help give you smoother skin with more uniform color, but will take 3 months to get there. Then continue to use it. At first it may be irritating so you might need to skip some nights, but in a few weeks you will want to apply it every night. If the acne is more severe or if result is not satisfactory, there are more potent forms. You can also take spironolactone pills. Retin A (tretinoin) causes more ...Read more

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How long would retin a (tretinoin) take to clear acne?

Acne: Most acne treatments, including retin a, (tretinoin) take a minimum of 2 weeks to start working and more likely 6-8 for better effect. Most studies looking at effectiveness of acne medicines look at the skin after 12 weeks. Unfortunately not overnight like most teens would like. ...Read more

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What type of acne is retin A (tretinoin) indicated for?

What type of acne is retin A (tretinoin) indicated for?

Retin A (tretinoin): Is used to treat comedonal mild inflammatory and moderate inflammatory acne. other treatments are added to it as the acne worsens. ...Read more

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How can my pregnant daughter get off retin-a without getting more acne?

How can my pregnant daughter get off retin-a without getting more acne?

Topical antibiotics: Topical antibiotics, glycolic acid products, salicylic acid cleansers and benzoyl peroxides are considered by most dermatologists to be safe when used for acne in pregnant women. ...Read more

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Is ortho tri-cyclen a good medication for acne managment along with retin gel?

Is ortho tri-cyclen a good medication for acne managment along with retin gel?

It can be.: Retin A is usually an effective topical treatment for acne. Many girls/women also take birth control pills, such as Ortho Tri Cyclen, (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) which can also help to control acne. ...Read more

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What is the best way to control hormonal acne? I have been using retin-a. 05 and acanya, but I still have bad acne. I am a type 1 diabetic.

What is the best way to control hormonal acne? I have been using retin-a. 05 and acanya, but I still have bad acne. I am a type 1 diabetic.

Stronger Rx: Your type I diabetes makes it more difficult to manage your acne, though you're using good first-line medicines. Your endocrinologist may wish to look for a cause of extra androgens and/or consider a trial of the oral contraceptive pill if you can take it. A dermatologist might add a systemic antibiotic; Accutane is unpleasant & risky but may be worth it. ...Read more

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Any opinions of the safety of Accutane for acne for a male? I've heard there are some pretty serious potential side effects? How about retin-a

Any opinions of the safety of Accutane for acne for a male? I've heard there are some pretty serious potential side effects? How about retin-a

Accutane: Accutane is indeed a powerful drug and does have some potential serious side effects. It needs to be managed very closely by someone very familiar with it, such as a dermatologist. Retin a (tretinoin) is certainly another option, as are some combination products like epiduo. Depending on the predominant type of acne you have, you may certianly be a candidate for one over the other. Best to ask your derm doc! ...Read more

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I recently stopped my retin-a acne treatment after several years. I've been 98% clear for nearly two months now. Is it safe to assume I'm home free?

I recently stopped my retin-a acne treatment after several years. I've been 98% clear for nearly two months now. Is it safe to assume I'm home free?

Maybe: Many assume that acne ends after the teen years but some will have recurring problems well into their mid thirties or later. You need to pay attention to your skin daily & re-institute your routine if you start to see recurrence. We can hope this is behind you but don't assume so, you can stop a worrisome outbreak if you stay on top of things. ...Read more

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Its been 4 weeks since retin-a and I'm not seeing much improvement other than very few breakouts? I still have acne marks and uneven skintone and red

Its been 4 weeks since retin-a and I'm not seeing much improvement other than very few breakouts? I still have acne marks and uneven skintone and red

Acne: Retin a (tretinoin) is a very good acne medication. It is important that you use it properly. Wash you face do not scrub, pat dry. Wait at least 45 minutes before applying retin a (tretinoin).

It is important to keep your hands out of your face.

You will start to see improvement after approximately 4-6 months. Don't give up. It works. ...Read more

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Hi docs, do you think it's acne or am I allergic after using Retin A (tretinoin)?

Retin A (tretinoin): After prolonged use of RetinA you skin can get red and dry. Stop the Retin A (tretinoin) and apply a moisturizer to the skin until the redness gets better. Then, you can start reapplying the RetinA ...Read more

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I have been using retin a (tretinoin) for acne now I have dark spots. Why is that?

I have been using retin a (tretinoin) for acne now I have dark spots. Why is that?

Recovery: This is post-inflammatory scarring. It will fade after a few weeks or months. Retin a (tretinoin) is a good choice and if this clears you, it'll be a good thing. Continue using until your acne self-cures, and if you're steady about it, you'll soon be clear without the dark spots. ...Read more

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Can I use skinoren in the morning and Retin A (tretinoin) at night for acne and PIH?

Can I use skinoren in the morning and Retin A (tretinoin) at night for acne and PIH?

Yes: This may be enough to clear you and is a good combination. If you need to have something stronger added, get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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How to heal a slightly slightly depressed red acne mark? It seems 5 weeks on retin-a isn't doing much

ACNE: Try using together perzagel 10 percent at daytime and Retin-A at night. Avoid sunlight for photosensitivity to rx. See dermatologist if it did not work ...Read more

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I have had acne now for 10 years. I have tried retin-a, salycilic wash, pills, and creams. Nothing works. What else can I do to get rid of it?

Phototherapy, Lasers: You should consult a good dermatologist and in resistant cases there are other therapies can be tried like
phototherapy
dermabraisons
cumadone extraction
laser therapy. ...Read more

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