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Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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Tretinoin (Overview)

Tretinoin is a cancer agent.


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What does tretinoin cream do for post acne marks?

What does tretinoin cream do for post acne marks?

Acne: Tretinoin cream is a treatment for acne. If you have marks, they could be scars. It does not do much for them.

Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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Tretinoin (Overview)

Tretinoin is a cancer agent.


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How exactly does tretinoin 'drain' whiteheads?

It doesn't.: It promotes cell turnover and growth if the deeper cell layers which causes shedding of the superficial layers and the associated shifts while decreasing rue activity of the sebaceous glands to decrease the future formation of whiteheads or sebaceous cysts.

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Will using tretinoin on my freckles help fade them? If yes then I what time and how to use it?

Will using tretinoin on my freckles help fade them? If yes then I what time and how to use it?

Freckles: Tretinoin will help fade freckles over time but if you go out in the sun again the freckles will return. Hydroquinone is also very effective at reducing dark spots.

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Hi my doctor prescribe me tee tree soap, clindamycin sloution and tretinoin cream 0.05 %. But my 1st week get me more breakouts, is it normal?

Hi my doctor prescribe me tee tree soap, clindamycin sloution and tretinoin cream 0.05 %. But my 1st week get me more breakouts, is it normal?

Yes: As your skin is 'getting used to' the treatment, much of the material that works its way to the surface is being released a bit more quickly resulting in a higher number of acne eruptions than normal. This should settle down as your skin gets accustomed to your new regimen. Hang in there!

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I was prescribed minocyline HCl and tretinoin cream a week and a half ago. How long should the combo take to clear my skin?

I was prescribed minocyline HCl and tretinoin cream a week and a half ago. How long should the combo take to clear my skin?

Acne: On average, it usually takes 4-6 weeks to start see response to these medication. Keep working with cleaning your face with hypoallergenic soap like neutrogenea

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Can I use tretinoin and benzoil peroxcide at the same time?

Unsure: "benzoyl peroxide will disable tretinoin leaving the tretinoin useless". Then there is other evidence that this is not so....http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2958193/ "there was no benzoyl peroxide-induced degradation of tretinoin when the optimized formulation of tretinoin gel (0.05%) was admixed with Benzoyl Peroxide Gel (6.26%)". They both can dry the skin out...

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Doctor, I used tretinoin (0.04%) over my freckles on cheeks. My skin peeled but now its looking quite stretchy and shiny with less elasticity. Pls help?

Doctor, I used tretinoin (0.04%) over my freckles on cheeks. My skin peeled but now its looking quite stretchy and shiny with less elasticity. Pls help?

Tretinoin/retin-a: When first starting a routine of tretinoin it's important to give your skin time to adjust. As you've noticed it can be quite drying and irritating during the initial stages. Applying it at night and using a heavy moisturizer, and using it every other day or every third day while your skin adapts should help. After a few weeks your skin's appearance will be improved.

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What is more effective tretinoin or alszeic acid? When fighting acne and pimples

What is more effective tretinoin or alszeic acid? When fighting acne and pimples

Varies: Different people will respond differently. If you have a lot of comedones, tretinoin may be the better medicine for starters. I see you are already receiving several different treatments. Your physician may try you on a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day or refer you for consideration as an Isotretinoin patient. Acne is non-lifestyle-related, serious & treatable. Best wishes.

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Will tretinoin work for fordcyde spots?

Maybe: Fordyce spots are areas of cutaneous sebaceous hyperplasia, and can be found on the lips, genitalia, and other areas where sebaceous glands are less common. Numerous options have been tried, including co2 and pulsed dye laser, as well as topical agents, often with mixed results. Retin-a is an exfoliant and might help, but can cause dryness and irritation. See your dermatologist for more advice.

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Is it safe to use tretinoin cream.01% long-term? Have used for 10 years...Great skin. Also curious whether it counts toward my daily vitamin a?

Is it safe to use tretinoin cream.01% long-term? Have used for 10 years...Great skin. Also curious whether it counts toward my daily vitamin a?

Safety long-term use: It is theoretically safe to use tretinoin long-term without adverse consequences to your skin. There is some anecdotal evidence that there is an increased risk for the occurrence of skin cancer in retinoid and retinol users who live in high sun areas. This is presumably because vitamin a derivatives increase sun sensitivity and use of sunscreen and sun protective measures are wholly inadequate.

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May I know the side effect of hydroquinone+tretinoin+mometasone furoate..... Why this compostion shows its result for short term only?

May I know the side effect of hydroquinone+tretinoin+mometasone furoate..... Why this compostion shows its result for short term only?

Quite a number: The following are some of the common side effects: -pruritus, dryness, redness, bluish grey coloration (ochronosis), sun burns, sensitization, peeling of the skin, distorted sensation to touch (paraesthesia), photosensitivity, telangiectasia (tiny dilated blood vessel on the skin). Check with your doctor to find out why your symptoms return.

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Is there any tips to avoid/minimize side-effects to tretinoin cream 0, 05% treatment? My skin is very sensitive to it.

Lessen side effects: My first recommendation is to switch to the 0.025% strength as it is just as effective with fewer side effects. If you don't want to waste the tube, cut it with a drop of hand lotion, one to one and start using it every other day instead of daily. After a few weeks of this, you may be able to work up slowly to daily use. Always apply at night and use sun-protection in the day.

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How long does the initial breakout last with tretinoin, I'm using it and getting zits in places I have never before?

How long does the initial breakout last with tretinoin, I'm using it and getting zits in places I have never before?

Be patients: Your acne probably will get worse (red, scaling skin and an increase in acne sores) during the first 7-10 days that you use this medication. Nevertheless, continue to use it; the acne sores should disappear. Usually 2-3 weeks (and sometimes more than 6 weeks) of regular use of tretinoin is required before improvement is seen. Address concerns to your doctor.

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My dermatologist prescribed me 4%hydroquinone +tretinoin+mometasone furoate. For 3 weeks, is it safe to use this combination for such a long duration?

My dermatologist prescribed me 4%hydroquinone +tretinoin+mometasone furoate. For 3 weeks, is it safe to use this combination for such a long duration?

You should always: Believe that your doctor is doing what's best for you, if your doctor says you should combine those for three weeks then you should listen to your doctor. If you are that uncomfortable about it, then I suggest going to another doctor and getting a second opinion. It's hard to get a second opinion here because no one knows your medical/personal history.

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Is it okay to mix a pea size amount if my tretinoin with moisturiser? Or should I apply moisturiser after? I wait 30m after cleansing to apply it

Beware dilution: Your tretinoin comes in a certain concentration. Adding moisturizer will dilute the concentration possibly decreasing the effectiveness. A moisturizer is ok but I would wait at least an hour, possibly till the am.

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How much time does tretinoin 0.025% take to work?

At least 4 weeks: It may take 4-6 weeks to see beneficial results from acne treatment with a tretinoin. This is the lower strength so sometimes you may need to increase the strength. Tretinoin is first line therapy for mild to moderate comedonal acne. Keep in mind it is a photosensitive medication, avoid applying in the daytime especially in the summer.

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Does tretinoin cream treatment help to cure sun tan darkness that got formed many years back? If not, what can be used?

See Dermatologist: First see a dermatologist let him /her examine you and advise the treatments in all likely hood > they will give a combination of various creams and tretinoin.

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Where can u buy renova (tretinoin)?

Require Prescription: In the usa, Renova (tretinoin) requires a prescription and is not available over the counter.

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