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Dr. Stuart Bentkover
Board Certified, Facial Plastic Surgery
42 years in practice
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What does tretinoin cream do for post acne marks?

Dr. Stuart Bentkover
Board Certified, Facial Plastic Surgery
42 years in practice
19K people helped
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. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Otto Placik
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
29 years in practice
34M people helped
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How exactly does tretinoin 'drain' whiteheads?

Dr. Otto Placik
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
29 years in practice
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Board Certified, Dermatology
27 years in practice
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Will using tretinoin on my freckles help fade them? If yes then i what time and how to use it?

Dr. Michael Fisher
Board Certified, Dermatology
27 years in practice
31M people helped
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. ...Read more

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Dr. Janet Turkle
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
30 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Janet Turkle
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
30 years in practice
486K people helped

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! ...Read more

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Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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?

Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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?

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 ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Can I use tretinoin and benzoil peroxcide at the same time?

Dr. Cornelia Franz
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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... ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Yoo
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
10 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Donald Yoo
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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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?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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What is more effective tretinoin or alszeic acid ? When fighting acne and pimples

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
137M people helped
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. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Tholen
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
36 years in practice
1M people helped
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Will tretinoin work for fordcyde spots?

Dr. Richard Tholen
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
36 years in practice
1M people helped

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexander Sobel
Board Certified, Cosmetic Surgery
14 years in practice
10K people helped
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How to get rid little white bumps on the upper lips? Some people call them Fordyce spots. Nothings works even tretinoin...

Dr. Alexander Sobel
Board Certified, Cosmetic Surgery
14 years in practice
10K people helped
How to get rid little white bumps on the upper lips? Some people call them Fordyce spots. Nothings works even tretinoin...

Consider Laser: I have had success with carbon dioxide laser resurfacing of the mucosa to improve the appearance of fordyce spots. ...Read more

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