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Retin A 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
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
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
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
I'm a 16 year old living in manila, philippines. Is retin safe for my face if I have bumps. And not much acne? What should be the dosage?
Good choice: This is a good choice for propylaxis / control of mild disease especially if you also have blackheads. ...Read more
How can I use my Retin-A on a regular basis without it drying out my skin? I have acne but also want to benefit from its anti-aging properties!
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
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.
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
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
Acne suggestions for 20 year old male on solodyn (minocycline) and retin a but still getting flare ups after 4 months?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
How to heal a slightly slightly depressed red acne mark? It seems 5 weeks on retin-a isn't doing much
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?
You should consult a good dermatologist and in resistant cases there are other therapies can be tried like
laser therapy. ...Read more