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When can I start using retin a (tretinoin) after pregnancy?

When can I start using retin a (tretinoin) after pregnancy?

Immediately: Since retin a (tretinoin) is topical, even if you are breastfeeding, it should be fine. If bottle feeding, there is not question that you can start immediately if needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Balin
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Will there be any advserse effect on my baby if I used retin a (tretinoin) 0.5mg for about the first 6 weeks of pregnancy on my face alone?

Will there be any advserse effect on my baby if I used retin a (tretinoin) 0.5mg for about the first 6 weeks of pregnancy on my face alone?

YES!: In the beginning the embryo consists of just one cell which divides into two cells, they into 4, then 8 etc. Early on any damage to a cell will have catastrophic results because if is one of the first 4 cells then 1/4 of the whole body would not develop. Damage done this early brings about a miscarriage. Later on when the baby has all its parts then damage to a cell leads to defects in that part. ...Read more

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I have melasma spots all over my face from past pregnancy and bcp/hormones. Don't want retin-a or hydroquinone 2nd to chemicals. Any effective lasertx?

I have melasma spots all over my face from past pregnancy and bcp/hormones. Don't want retin-a or hydroquinone 2nd to chemicals. Any effective lasertx?

Various treatments: Melasma can be frustrating to have and a challenge to treat. Daily sun protection is important. Often the best results may occur by using a combination of treatments. These include topical treatments, peels and sometimes laser. Lasers can be helpful, but i recommend treatment with low energies, as higher energies can sometimes stimulate pigment worsening. Even when tx helps, recurrence is common. ...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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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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