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Oily skin, prone to blackheads molescum contageous as well. When is it best to start retin-a treatment? It's getting warmer now. Hot or cold months?

Oily skin, prone to blackheads molescum contageous as well. When is it best to start retin-a treatment? It's getting warmer now. Hot or cold months?

Sunscreen Important: It is not so much the season that is important. Be sure and protect your skin with sunscreen as it will be more prone to burn. The retin a (tretinoin) will unfortunately not resolve the molluscum contagiosum warts, however. Those will eventually resolve on their own. May take 18 months. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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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Is it reasonable to apply retin-a gel where I had laser treatment 6 years ago?

Is it reasonable to apply retin-a gel where I had laser treatment 6 years ago?

Yes: As long as the Retin-A does not irritate your skin, it is alright to use. Remember it will make you skin get a sunburm more easily so me sure to use a sunscreen everyday, which you should do anyway. ...Read more

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Thanks doctor. I went on a retin-A cycle a while ago but when I stopped I found myself with acne again. So I don't get, when I stop any treatment ever?

Thanks doctor. I went on a retin-A cycle a while ago but when I stopped I found myself with acne again. So I don't get, when I stop any treatment ever?

Acne: I would recommend that you see a dermatology specialist. They should treat you with low dose antibiotics, a topical antibiotic, and the retin-A. Retin-A is a good thing, it reverses sun damage, but can also cause sunburn easier if not protected. Use a physical sunblock containing zinc or titanium oxide. Don't become discouraged. Also you are old enough to call it Rosacea, not acne as you are adult ...Read more

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I've read that liquid retin a (tretinoin) used to be used on geograpic tongue, is this a safe treatment?

I've read that liquid retin a (tretinoin) used to be used on geograpic tongue, is this a safe treatment?

Not recommended: I believe Retin-A should be kept away from the eyes, the mouth, angles of the nose, and mucous membranes. All medications have some potential risk and since geographic tongue is a benign condition that does generally not require treatment, i would not recommend using liquid Retin-A for that purpose. Ask your own dentist or physician for advice. Make sure what you have is truly geophraphic tongue. ...Read more

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I had a 30% salicylic acid chemical peel done last Tuesday and did not stop using my retin a (tretinoin) prior to the treatment. I got a MUCH deeper peel. Help!

That would occur: First stop the Retin A There is really no curtailing the peel at this point possibly a hydrocort cream would give some comfort. Its important to speak to your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Can i use retin-a all over my face or just as a spot treatment? I have oily acne prone skin and my face full of milia

Can i use retin-a all over my face or just as a spot treatment? I have oily acne prone skin and my face full of milia

All over: Use Retin A (tretinoin) all over your face, every night before bed time. Avoid the creases of the nose and the corners of the mouth (will burn). Make sure you use sunblock in the morning, as your skin will be gradually peeling and very sensitive. ...Read more

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Treating melasma with Retin A and vitamin C,would it be best to shave off the fine hairs so the treatment works better, any opinions tyvm?

Treating melasma with Retin A and vitamin C,would it be best to shave off the fine hairs so the treatment works better, any opinions tyvm?

Won't help: You need a bleaching agent to decrease discoloration, like hydroxyquinone. Z. Obagi, MD, was the 1st to develop an effective prescription program esp. for hyperpigmentation (dark spots). His program is now generic (Dermesse, is 1 of the equivalent programs), which makes it far more affordable. See dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or doctor who does some aesthetic medicine for best/fastest results ...Read more

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Can you use LED light therapy while on retin a?

Possibly: Your skin may react and be more sensitive to LED light therapy if you are using topical retinol products. Definitely discuss your concerns and let your provider know you are using it. They may prefer you stop it for a couple days prior to LED therapy. ...Read more

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What skin treatments are good for acne marks and I have one slightly slightly depressed acne scar ? Any creams ? Peels ? I'm on retin-a for a 5 weeks

What skin treatments are good for acne marks and I have one slightly slightly depressed acne scar ? Any creams ? Peels ? I'm on retin-a for a 5 weeks

Numerous choices: There are a variety of treatments that vary according to the severity of scars: chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, fillers, fat grafting, excision, grafting, etc. ...Read more

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I have eruptive syringtomas on my thigh, how can I cure it? I've tried retin a (tretinoin) cream, nothing works.

Typically topicals : do not work. I recommend appointment with dermatologist for either electrodesiccation or laser treatments. And it can take multiple sessions ...Read more

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Used retin a (tretinoin) on penis head, skin got burned but now healed. Noticing small dark spots on penis head. How to cure this Please help!!

Used retin a (tretinoin) on penis head, skin got burned but now healed. Noticing small dark spots on penis head. How to cure this Please help!!

See below: Not unusual to have either residual hypo- or hyperpigmenation of the penis (shaft or glans) after treatment or resolution of any type of infection, inflammation, or irritation. Such pigmentation tends to return toward normal with time (months to years). Trying to normalize these areas with various topicals sometimes delay rather than enhances the process. Recommend see a dermatologist if concerned ...Read more

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What are retin-a effects?

Retinoid effects: Retinoids should cause some degree of redness and peeling. If that isn't happening then the strength is not high enough. The peeling can be easily treated with most any moisturizer. This is why retinoids are useful for comedonal acne (whiteheads and blackheads). ...Read more

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What is the best otc retin-a?

What is the best otc retin-a?

None: Retin-A and similar medications are not over-the-counter in the U.S. They require a doctor's exam and prescription. Some cosmetics and OTC creams use retinol, which is a type of vitamin A, maybe because manufacturers think using the word "retinol" may sell more creams than using the word "vitamin A." ...Read more

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How long does it take for retin-a to begin working?

Most people...: ...Notice superficial redness and peeling almost immediately - often after the very first application. Deeper effects, such as stimulation of new collagen formation, takes longer - weeks to months - because collagen regenerates so slowly. The more potent formulations work more quickly than milder ones -- but they also cause more irritation of the skin. ...Read more

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I'm not sure, but should retin-a make me break out?

I'm not sure, but should retin-a make me break out?

Skin irritation: Retin a (tretinoin) should not cause acne, but can cause dry, scaly, red skin that may itch or burn. Usually this common side effect improves with time and can be avoided by starting gradually with a low dose and increasing slowly to reach the full recommended dose. ...Read more

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Is it ok to start using retin-a during summer? And use spf50 during the day? How often to apply retin-a when starting? Thanks

Is it ok to start using retin-a during summer? And use spf50 during the day? How often to apply retin-a when starting? Thanks

Avoid sun : Avoid sun exposure bet. 10-2. Wear sunblock and reapply at least every 2 hours maybe even more. You can start by keeping it on your skin overnight or as short as you can tolerate. If you're itchy or it feels like it burning, wash it off, skip next day. Do the same next time until you are able to tolerate it without a lot of side effects. So start every other day woke it up to daily ...Read more

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Does retin-a reverse sun damage?

Retin-A: Retin-a users reported improvements in skin texture, including diminished wrinkles and brown spots. Early studies soon confirmed its anti-aging effects. In 1988, dr. Voorhees and his colleagues at michigan published the first double-blind study of retin-a’s effect on photodamaged skin and found that all 30 patients who completed the 16-week study showed statistically significant improvement. ...Read more

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How long can retin-a cream be used?

During acne prone: Retina can be used during the acne prone years. It can dry the skin so you should consult with your dermatologist or prescriber about using a non-acne causing moisturizer. ...Read more

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Can i buy retin-a over the counter?

Can i buy retin-a over the counter?

No: The retinoids such as retin-a, differin, and tazorac (tazarotene) are by prescription only. They are commonly used to treat acne. ...Read more

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Would you suggest to use retin-a and mederma?

Would you suggest to use retin-a and mederma?

Yes: If your doctor has prescribed you retin-a, there should be no additional risk by using mederma topically on scars. ...Read more

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Is the liquid form of retin-a still available?

Yes: I am not exactly sure what you are asking, but the cream, gel and solution forms of Retin-A are available. ...Read more

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Can you use retin-a and still do microdermabrasion?

Might need delay: While both can be used on the same patient, there are reasons why they may need to be separated by days, weeks, or months, depending on individual doctor recommendation and experience. One of retin-a's effects is to thin the top layer of skin. This might interfere with healing or affect amount of irritation from microdermabrasion. Both can be beneficial, but need to be used carefully. ...Read more

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Can i use retin-a combined with murad facial products?

Murad & Retin A (tretinoin): You can use retin a (tretinoin) and murad facial products together. However, the combined products be extremely drying to your skin. ...Read more

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How long does it take for retin a side effects to wear off?

A few wks: Most of the time, any increase in acne that occurs after using tretinoin disappears after two to three months of treatment. If it persists for the more than three months, it's best to talk to your doctor about applying tretinoin less frequently or switching to a lower concentration cream. www.forhims.com


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Is there any long-term side effects of retin-a like after 20yr?

Is there any long-term side effects of retin-a like after 20yr?

Retin-A: Retin-a is a photosensitizer; so prolonged use may increase sensitivity to sun exposure. Temporary hyper or hypopigmentation has been reported with repeated application. "to date, all adverse effects of Retin-A have been reversible upon discontinuance of therapy". ...Read more

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I wanted to know if I can use retin-a and simultantously do microdermabrasion?

Yes: I prescribe Retin-A for almost all of my microdermabrasion patients. They work well together. But i watch them carefully to make sure they don't overdo it. ...Read more

Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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