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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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