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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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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more


Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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Tretinoin (Definition)

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