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Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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Tretinoin (Definition)

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Can I use Tretinoin gel for PPP and fordyce spots?

Can I use Tretinoin gel for PPP and fordyce spots?

Here are some. ..: Pearly penile papillose (PPP) is considered "normal" variation of the appearance of glans penis and Fordyce's spots are the ectopic sebaceous glands - not related with hair follicles; both are harmless and require no Rx or active attention. Definitely, Tretinoin has no value for and should not be used for either one. Best wish. .. ...Read more

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How do I use clindamycin gel & tretinoin gel properly?

How do I use clindamycin gel & tretinoin gel properly?

Use once daily: It is probably best to use these two products separately. Differen gel can cause sun sensitivity, so using it at night and Clindamycin in the morning is probably the best bet. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use clindamyclin gel and tretinoin cream while on accutane?

Yes but drying: Yes it is ok to use either but you may find your skin to become extremely dry and should use a non-comedogenic moisturizer. ...Read more

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Peeling flaking and redness from retin a (tretinoin) gel. Is there something I can use after that won't clog pores and help results?

Peeling flaking and redness from retin a (tretinoin) gel. Is there something I can use after that won't clog pores and help results?

Doctor can recheck: If getting too much redness and peeling from facial retinoid use, such as Retin-A gel, one's doctor can help. Some patients try lengthening the Retin-A interval, for example, from twice a day to once a day, or from once a night to every-other-night. Some patients benefit from using over-the-counter hydrocortisone 1% cream twice a day for 3-5 days, while lengthening the Retin-A dosing interval. ...Read more

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I am using tretinoin on my face. Can it be a cause for hairfall that I am experiencing. I use about a pea sized tretinoin gel daily before sleeping.

I am using tretinoin on my face. Can it be a cause for hairfall that I am experiencing. I use about a pea sized tretinoin gel daily before sleeping.

Not likely: Haven't heard of tretinoin (used for acne) causing hair loss or baldness. Hair loss is more likely familial (any other people in the family have hair loss at the particular age?) or may be due to hormonal causes. A primary care doctor can evaluate, if the hair loss seems unusual. ...Read more

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I've heard tretinoin cream clog pores also heard the gel does too is this true? I want to use tretinoin to get rid of clogged pores not cause more

Tretinoin cream?: Tretinoin is a very potent analog of Vitamin A. It causes the skin cells to peel off and thus unroof the oil glands. The best way to "cleanse" your skin is to use a good soap and water and a fine brush. Be careful on yourself! ...Read more

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I use topical tretinoin gel with minoxidil for hair growth. But there are accounts on the net claiming it causes hairloss. Please explain the truth.

I use topical tretinoin gel with minoxidil for hair growth. But there are accounts on the net claiming it causes hairloss. Please explain the truth.

Not really.: A comparative study published in the american journal of dermatology in 2007 showed that:
the efficacy and safety of combined 5% Minoxidil and 0.01% tretinoin once-daily therapy appear to be equivalent to those of conventional 5% Minoxidil twice-daily therapy for the treatment of androgenic alopecia.
In other words, tretinoin does not appear to improve results of Minoxidil alone. ...Read more

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I have got pimples, scars and pores on my face. Can I use benzoil peroxide at night and tretinoin gel in day time? I have oily skin. Any side effect?

I have got pimples, scars and pores on my face. Can I use benzoil peroxide at night and tretinoin gel in day time? I have oily skin. Any side effect?

Sun sensitivity: Tretinoin gel can improve skin texture and reduce some sun damage. It may temporarily cause dryness or scaliness to the skin. It will make your skin more sensitive to the sun so you should be certain to use a sunscreen. ...Read more

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I'm using tretinoin gel for like 3 months now I have not seen results I've been washing my face with a face wash and I've still haven't seen improvmen?

Acne: You have acne and are treating it with tretinoin gel for 3 mo w/o satisfaction. 80% of teenagers say they get good to excellent results after 2 mo of alternating tretinoin with benzoyl peroxide. There are different strengths of both Benz and tretinoin. Also if you infected lesions antibiotics may be necessary. The natural history of acne is that you'll have it for several years and it will resolve ...Read more

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Retin-a gel, renova (tretinoin) or retin-a==what is best?

Retin-a gel, renova (tretinoin) or retin-a==what is best?

Depends on skin type: These are all retin a containing products and the proper formulation for use depends on your skin type. For example if you have very oily skin, the gel works best. If you have dry or sensitive skin Renova (tretinoin) or retin a micro contain moisturizers and/or time release dispersion of the retin a to diminish adverse side effects of the traditional retin a preparations. ...Read more

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Which retin a (tretinoin) gel should I go for? Please be specific!

Which retin a (tretinoin) gel should I go for? Please be specific!

Depends: Specificity is really impossible. It depends upon the seriousness of the acne and your sensitivity to the medication. Obviously a good question for your doctor. ...Read more

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Is Tretinoin. 1% "Gel" same as Tretinoin. 1% "Cream"? Why is there so much difference in prices. Thanks.

Gel more potent: Prices are arbitrary, not based on actual cost of production, but determined but what the market will bear. Shop around. When a patient of mine in not covered by insurance for this I can sometimes find it for $25 for 100 Grams. Look for OTC ADAPALENE, generic for Differin, which will soon be sold OTC. It is better than tretinoin. Price not yet known but likely to be reasonable. ...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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How can I sooth the effects from Tretinoin gel apart from Calamine lotion?

How can I sooth the effects from Tretinoin gel apart from Calamine lotion?

Excessive dryness: Applying an oil free hypoallergenic moisturizer after each cleansing with warm water and a gentle pH balanced cleanser can help prevent excessive dryness when using facial medications. Cetaphil and Ceravue are two examples. ...Read more

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My dermatologist prescribed clindamycin gel and tretinoin gel (two separate tubes) but didn't give application instructions. Which goes on first?

My recs: Clinda gel should be twice a day and at night use a pea sized amount of the retinoid first then the clinda. Less is more with a retinoid. More is more irritating, not more effective. You also must be using a benzoyl peroxide wash or the bacteria will become resistant to the clinda. So, wash twice daily with bpo, clinda 2x/day, and retinoid nightly as 1st step. Cerave pm moist last at night. ...Read more

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Hello, I have a 0.025 % tretinoin gel that was prescribed to me two years ago for my acne. It expired 01/2015. Can it still be used? Safe?

Hello, I have a 0.025 % tretinoin gel that was prescribed to me two years ago for my acne. It expired 01/2015. Can it still be used? Safe?

Simple answer is no: Medications breakdown over time sometimes they could potentially be good long after their expiration date but you can never be sure, so the safest thing to do is to never use medication after its expiration date. ...Read more

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What is the difference between tretinoin and isotretinoin. Is retin a micro gel similar to isotrex topical gel, are they basically the same product?

What is the difference between tretinoin and isotretinoin. Is retin a micro gel similar to isotrex topical gel, are they basically the same product?

Both are Vitamin A's: One is a cream/gel the other one is a pill.
Accutane and Retin-A are both forms of vitamin a, just in different forms.
Retin-a or tretinoin (generic name) is a cream/gel is applied to the face and it works from the outside in.
Accutane (isotretinoin) is a high dose of vitamin a just like Retin-A is, but instead it is in a oral medication that works from the inside out. ...Read more

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Tretinoin cream and duac gel side effects?

About all...: ...I ever see from either of them is dryness and mild irritation. I have my patients apply tretinoin at bedtime, so that any dryness will occur while they are asleep. For duac, I tell them to wait an hour after washing their face, to allow normal skin oils to replenish, before applying it. ...Read more

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I had acne problem and i'am using tretinoin gel for more than 2 weeks. Due to that my skin has become darker and dry. Suggest a cure to this please?

I had acne problem and i'am using tretinoin gel for more than 2 weeks. Due to that my skin has become darker and dry. Suggest a cure to this please?

Common problem: It is common for skin to get dry and irritated when beginning tretinoin. This usually improves on its own over time as your skin gets accustomed to it. Ask your doctor about decreasing your dose. Use a cleanser that won’t dry your skin (doesn’t foam or suds.) topical vitamin c (anti-inflammatory) will help. Moisturizers may help, too. ...Read more

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Does benzoyl peroxide counteract tretinoin gel?

Does benzoyl peroxide counteract tretinoin gel?

No: No. They are often used together to treat acne, though may cause skin dryness and discomfort. ...Read more

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Is tretinoin cream or gel better for your acne?

Is tretinoin cream or gel better for your acne?

Depends: The cream can be more soothing and might cause less irritation than the gel. ...Read more

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Apply gel retin a (tretinoin). At pimple forehead Now my skin like rednees. So???

Apply gel retin a (tretinoin). At pimple forehead Now my skin like rednees. So???

Right: You can get the cream and not the gel and get the lowest percentage and apply it only once every 2 or 3 days. You can also alternate with benzoyl peroxide 5%. After 6 weeks 80% report good signs of improvement in their acne. ...Read more

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