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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Is renova (tretinoin) cream good for dark spots on the face?

Is renova (tretinoin) cream good for dark spots on the face?

First evaluate: First have a dermatologist evaluate this for possible mealnoma. Renova (tretinoin) cream provides one agent to help diminish dark spots but truly effective lightening may require more agressive treatment with hydroquinone and/or corticosteroids and/or chemical peels as well as cessation of hormonal preparations.

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Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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My doctor send me tretinoin cream 0.05% for dark spots in my face. But I read is only for acne?

Tretinoin: Tretinoin can lighten skin by getting rid of old skin and causing lighter new skin

Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Is renova (tretinoin) cream effective in treating pimples and dark spots on the face?

Is renova (tretinoin) cream effective in treating pimples and dark spots on the face?

Yes and no: Renova (tretinoin) is tretenoin isis for acne both pimples and blackheads and whiteheads. It is also used to treat fine wrinkles. It does not do much for dark spots. Theoretically if the spot is superficial and it is used for a long time it might peel away at the spot to help some but don't hold your breath.

Dr. Janet Turkle Dr. Turkle
Surgery - Plastics
31 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Does kojic soap can cure acne dark spots and tretinoin cream 0.05?

It may: Kojic acid is an agent that helps to decrease darkly pigmented areas. Retin a (tretinoin) along with the kojic acid can augment the effectiveness in reducing areas of hyper pigmentation. Remember to practice safe sun exposure by always wearing a good sunscreen to prevent further pigmentation.

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan Dr. Dohan
Dermatology
53 years in practice
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I'm using tretinoin cream for my acne for 3 months and they are getting worse, and becoming black and bown spots! What should I do!?

I'm using tretinoin cream for my acne for 3 months and they are getting worse, and becoming black and bown spots! What should I do!?

Spironolactone: Normal menst.? For adult women the best way to control acne is SPIRONOLACTONE, an anti-androgen. Often combined with certain BC pills, some much better than others. Often also combined with tretinoin. After a few months, isotretinoin may be used if not clear. None of these if pregnant. Spironolactone will also slow or stop hair loss. Very safe and costs only $5 a month.

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Dr. Marguerite Barnett Dr. Barnett
Surgery - Plastics
38 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Where can I get tretinoin cream from and will they help fade Fordyce spots on the penis permanently? Any reduction in size or fadement would help.

Where can I get tretinoin cream from and will they help fade Fordyce spots on the penis permanently? Any reduction in size or fadement would help.

See doctor: Trentinoin cream must be prescribed by a doctor but is unlikely to help with fordyce spots which are deep in the skin and not really spots. They are small sebaceous glands and are quite normal and do not need treatment. Some doctors burn them off with laser or cautery but that can leave scars.

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Dr. Lawrence Colen Dr. Colen
Surgery - Plastics
42 years in practice
Dartmouth Medical School
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My doctor told me that tretinoin cream will fade hyper pigmented spots on my face. How long will the cream take to fade those areas?

My doctor told me that tretinoin cream will fade hyper pigmented spots on my face. How long will the cream take to fade those areas?

Months: You will need to use a cream that is a mixture of tertian and hydroquinone. There are companies that mix the two together or you could obtain both creams and mix them yourself. Expect the process to take several months.

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Dr. Clarene Cress Dr. Cress
Pediatrics
years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Dr. Emil Shakov Dr. Shakov
Aesthetic Medicine
13 years in practice
American University of the Caribbean
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Could retin a (tretinoin) cream lighten dark underarms?

Hydroquinone: That is the best lightening agent for skin.

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan Dr. Dohan
Dermatology
53 years in practice
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I'm just aczone and tretinoin cream but I'm worried about my scars.? :/ because I have lots of dark mark all over my cheeks and temples

I'm just aczone and tretinoin cream but I'm worried about my scars.? :/ because I have lots of dark mark all over my cheeks and temples

Time: Control the acne & the post-inflammatory pigmentation will slowly evolve. Tretinoin will help. Use sunscreen in am. Your dermatologist may offer other meds. Bc pill might increase dark spots.

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Dr. Robert Buchanan Dr. Buchanan
Surgery - Plastics
48 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Age -spots treatment ; is renova (tretinoin) cream best?

Age Spot Treatment: Renova, (tretinoin) in my opinion, has no place in treating any skin condition. Retin-a replenishes collagen & reduces wrinkles. To treat spots requires hydroquinone. This can be used alone, but is best combined with retin-a, an Alpha hydroxy to remove abnormal cells, a pH restorer and a sun block. The obagi nu-derm system is the best way to do this. See a plastic surgeon specializing in skin rejuvenation.

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Dr. Tal Roudner Dr. Roudner
Surgery - Plastics
20 years in practice
Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine
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What is the benefit of renova (tretinoin) cream?

Benefits of Retin A (tretinoin): Retin a (tretinoin) was originally developed to treat acne. But is well know for its anti aging qualities by stimulating collagen production reducing fine and moderate wrinkles and treating age spots.

Dr. James Newman Dr. Newman
Facial Plastic Surgery
26 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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What could I do to determine if I should keep using tretinoin cream?

What could I do to determine if I should keep using tretinoin cream?

Depends on goals: Tretinoin cream is most comonly prescribed for acne, wrinkle reduction and oily skin. Changes in the skin can be seen within 24 hours and often times dose adjustments will need to be made. A daily sunblock should be used as the skin becomes more sensitive. Treatment times vary from weeks to months depending on strength and frequency of application. Check with your prescriber to evaluate.

Dr. Suzanne Galli Dr. Galli
Facial Plastic Surgery
20 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Can I use tretinoin cream 0.025 on whole face?

Can I use tretinoin cream 0.025 on whole face?

Retin a (tretinoin): Yes you can apply retin a (tretinoin) to your whole face. It is prescribed for treatment of acne and it reduces oil glands in the skin. Be careful not to get it in your eyes.

Dr. Nela Cordero Dr. Cordero
Pediatrics
50 years in practice
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
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Usage for retin a, renova, and tretinoin cream?

ACNE: Retin a, renova, tretinoin are topical comedolytic and exfoliant use for acne. May cause photosensitivity.

Dr. Anil Shah Dr. Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery
17 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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How will my skin react when I stop using my tretinoin cream?

Less turnover: Tretinoin cream improves skin cell turnover and can help reduce the appearance of fine lines. In addition, tretinoin can improve excess sebum production. Cessation of tretinoin can lead to a reversal of some of the benefits. Not all patients respond to tretinoin creams and others can have overdrying effects.

Dr. Denis Winder Dr. Winder
Surgery - Plastics
54 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Dr. Ameth Aguirre Dr. Aguirre
Pediatrics
17 years in practice
University of Panama Faculty of Medicine
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Which over-the-counter brand is a similar product to tretinoin cream. 025%?

Not many: Tretionin is a medication to treat moderate to severe acne. If you have been told that you need it you may want to see a doctor and talk about it because it or other options. Over the counter you can find cleanesers, acne soaps and various products to keep your skin clean but they won't have the same mechanism of action than tretionin. If you acne is mile start out by getting those otc products.

Dr. Richard Heyman Dr. Heyman
Pediatrics
44 years in practice
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Will tretinoin cream dry my face during the whole course of the medication?

Will tretinoin cream dry my face during the whole course of the medication?

Yes: Most people experience dryness of the skin when using retinoid products. It is the way they work, but sometimes an uncomfortable side effect.

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