Salicylic acid vs tretinoin/retin a, which is better?

Retin a (tretinoin) if moderate. If you have very mild acne then salicylic acid may be adequate. For more moderate or any cystic component of acne, retina a is "stronger" and will be more likely to help acne resolve completely. Keep in mind retin a (tretinoin) needs to be a "pea" sized amount applied daily, can cause peeling and redness of skin initially. if redness and irritation are a problem, back off to every other day application.

Related Questions

I heard Glycolic Acid was the new Retin A, (tretinoin) so which is better to use on your face especially if you're approaching the age of 50. Tyvm.

Need more info. Both of these drugs are medicines that have some significant side effects. You do not want to disfigure your face or cause undo harm. Consult with a dermatologist who will review your medical history and made a professional decision after an exam. Read more...

Can I use kojic acid before putting retin a (tretinoin) in my face to make it lighter?

Depends. Either alone may not irritate your face, but you may not be able to tolerate the combination. I would suggest that you try a spot under your chin for a few days to find out if it would be ok to use it on the rest of your face. Whether you get peeling and irritation also depends on the concentration of the products. Read more...

I'm using alpha-h skin care. Contains aha and glycolic acid. If I start retin-a do I discontinue aha/glycolics? Can I use retin a (tretinoin). 5% once every week?

Not both together. I recommend using one or the other and not both together, as both medications have a slight exfoliating action and are likely to cause more side effects if used together. To my knowlege, Retin A (tretinoin) comes as 0.05% and that is the stronger formulation. I suggest starting with 0.0125% or 0.025% first to see how your skin responds. Read more...

I have had acne now for 10 years. I have tried retin-a, salycilic wash, pills, and creams. Nothing works. What else can I do to get rid of it?

Phototherapy,Lasers. You should consult a good dermatologist and in resistant cases there are other therapies can be tried like phototherapy dermabraisons cumadone extraction laser therapy. Read more...