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Is retinol 0.9% weaker, stronger or even with the strength of tretnoin 0.04% ( retin a (tretinoin) micro). Will retin a (tretinoin) micro 0.04 % make a difference on my face?

Is retinol 0.9% weaker, stronger or even with the strength of tretnoin 0.04% ( retin a (tretinoin) micro).  Will retin a (tretinoin) micro 0.04 % make a difference on my face?

Retinol vrs Retin A (tretinoin): Significantly less people respond to retinol creams than to retinoic acid [tretinoin, retin a], and the degree of response tends to be less too. In theory, you should be able to apply retinol to the skin, wait till it gets converted to retinoic acid, however the conversion rate is low and varies greatly among individuals. ...Read more

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Can I use retin a (tretinoin) micro after expired?

Expired cream: All medicines have expiration dates. The primary purpose for these expiration dates is to ensure freshness, quality and consistent efficacy with the drug. If a drug is out of date, it is best not to use it. ...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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Is Retin a (tretinoin) micro topical safe to use three times a week if pregnant?

Is Retin a (tretinoin) micro topical safe to use three times a week if pregnant?

I recommend against: During pregnancy elevated hormones can cause skin changes. However topical tretinoin should be avoid in pregnancy due to teratogenicity (abnormal fetal development) risks. Please talk to your doctor or dermatogist re safer options during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Which is better for wrinkles on your face Retin A, (tretinoin) Glycolic Acid or a product containing Retinol. I'm confused. Tyvm?

Different chemicals: They are all beneficial but are different. They stimulate skin to rapidly exfoliate, make new smoother skin and stimulate collagen&elastin. Tretinoin and Retinol come from Vit.A . Retin A:brand of Tretinoin, best effect, mostirritation,Script only. Retinol :midpotency, midirritant, OTC Glycolic acid is from Sugar. Lesser exfoliation and improvement of collagen&elastin, OTC, better for dry skin ...Read more

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Can you combine oracea and retina a micro for skin?

Can you combine oracea and retina a micro for skin?

Yes: These drugs are safe to use together, and often prescribed that way. ...Read more

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Which is better retin A (tretinoin) or tazarotene ?

Retin A (tretinoin): According to the experts, Retin A (tretinoin) or Tretinoin is preferred. because of easier titration and less irritation. Need input from dermatologist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between retin a micro 0.04% and tretinoin microsphere gel 0.04% (supatret 0.04)?

No major differences: Different manufacturers often give the same drug a different brand name, as in this case. ...Read more

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Is it okay to do a salicylic acid 20% gel peel for acne scars while on 60 mg of accutane?

Is it okay to do a salicylic acid 20% gel peel for acne scars while on 60 mg of accutane?

Don't recommend: Wait until you are finished with the Accutane before working on your scars. Talk to your dermatologist before you use a drying agent on your face. ...Read more

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Hi doctor. May i know is vitamin a cleanser effective at uncloggin pores? Same effect as tretinoin? Can it treat cystic acne? Thanks.

Hi doctor. May i know is vitamin a cleanser effective at uncloggin pores? Same effect as tretinoin? Can it treat cystic acne? Thanks.

May help: However, it is not strong enough for cystic acne. This almost always requires isotretinoin. I hope that if you're offered this, you'll consider using it. It's not for the faint-hearted, but you owe it to yourself to be rid of your cystic acne for the several months or years that a course of rx will give you. ...Read more

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I was recently prescribed topical betamethasone val (0.1%)(bid) and differin (adapalene) gel (o.d) for my facial acne. Is this a good combination to control acne

I was recently prescribed topical betamethasone val (0.1%)(bid) and differin (adapalene) gel (o.d)  for my facial acne. Is this a good combination to control acne

Not typical: A topical steroid ( betamethasone ) is not typical medication used for acne ( but it can be used). The usual medication choices are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids and antibiotics. Of course, your physician may have a very good reason to have you on the steroid. If you have a question about the choice, you should speak with your physician. ...Read more

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I want to use a glycolic acid cleanser followed by a salicylic toner followed by a retinol serum. How much time should I leave in between?

I want to use a glycolic acid cleanser followed by a salicylic toner followed by a retinol serum. How much time should I leave in between?

Let it dry.: Be sure you dilute and remove all of the glycolic and let skin dry completely before applying the salicylic. You may get irritation with retinol over the salicylic, so best to let it dry first and if so, don't use them together. You could use a hair dryer on cool to make this quicker. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can I use collagen boosting moisturizer above the retinoid (retacnyl tretinoin) ? Also, is the use of a retinoid compatible with breastfeeding?

Not while breastfeed: Don"t use a retinoid while breastfeeding - it has never been studied and could be harmful. The other stuff is a waste of money as these creams and lotions have no way to penetrate the skin and "boost" collagen. ...Read more

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Is retin a (tretinoin) a good anti ageing cream for a 24yr old male.?

Is retin a (tretinoin) a good anti ageing cream for  a 24yr old male.?

Still have acne?: If you still have acne such as blackheads and whiteheads then retin a is appropropiate. Acne does not stop at 19 in everybody. It is used only at night because it increases sensitivity to sunlight. A weaker version called Renova (tretinoin) is used for fine wrinkling in older individuals. Retin a is a relatively mild acne cream especially in the weaker strength of .025. ...Read more

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Is trentinoin/ retinoic acid a retinoid or a retinol?

Is trentinoin/ retinoic acid a retinoid or a retinol?

Is a Retinoid: Isotretinoin is a retinoid and it is used to treat severe acne. Retinol is the chemical compound for Vitamin A. ...Read more

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Can I use tazorac (tazarotene) as a spot treatment for mild acne?

Can I use tazorac (tazarotene) as a spot treatment for mild acne?

Not really: Tazorac (tazarotene) is not good for this. Tazorac (tazarotene) is meant to be used as an overall skin product to reduce future formation of acne, not to spot treat specific areas. ...Read more

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Which is better alpha hydroxy acids or retin A (tretinoin) for peeling ?

Retin A (tretinoin) doesn't peel: Retin A (tretinoin) is not generally considered a peeling agent. It may promote growth of the skin which subsequently benefits from gently exfoliation. ...Read more

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