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Subj: Something that takes a little longer?
Date: 8/28/2007
I was considering asking my physician a Rx for Retin-A but all of the listed side effects and horror stories are currently freaking me out. Other than Retin-A do you suggest another acne and dark spot medication that is safer? I rather use something that works but takes a little longer for results; then to have something that works fast but is prone to worsen the current/previous condition.


AskDocWeb: Palmer’s Skin Success will fade the dark spots. True, it takes longer but it does work.

Subj: Retin-A that expired
Date: 8/29/2007
I have a tube of Retin-A that expired a couple of years ago, yet it still works on problem spots from what I can tell. Basically it looks to dry up the area I apply it on, and makes the skin around it peel a bit. It does still work though, should I stop using it? What kind of problems would I have if I did continue to use an expired tube? Does it go bad at all?


AskDocWeb: The expired product just looses effectiveness over time.

Subj: Retin-A
Date: 8/29/2007
I started using retin-a my junior or senior year of high school and I did see results. However my faces skin tone (which is why a good toner is always suggested) became uneven and redness and dry skin did occur. Despite all of these side effects I still believe the product did what it was suppose to do.


Subj: Gastric side effects?
Date: 8/30/2007
I’ve used retin a for at least 20 years–don’t know if it’s the retin a or not– my skin is a smooth marvel–in my 80’s my only concern is–does the tretinoin create gastric side effects??? The natural health cosmetic people say it’s “agent orange on your face” this is my only concern since I have bad digestive problem…would love some knowledgeable feedback.


AskDocWeb: This is a topical product applied to your skin, NOT for consumption and not for internal use. There are no gastric side effects with Retin-A.

Subj: Retin A
Date: 9/2/2007
At the age of 45 I developed acne…ones that were scaring my face. I also had hyperpigmentation. I am using Retin A with a skin care line called Obagi (you ‘blend’ the retin A with an obagi ‘blender cream’ which is quite expensive but compared to all the money I have spent on OTC stuff that didn’t work it is well worth it. (I have also heard that you can buy the system on eBay for half the price of most dermatology offices) I am using the Cream .05mg of RA…I found that the gel form did not spread well and I ended up with uneven areas of redness. Retin A WILL at first cause redness, peeling and or flaking. I also had puffiness around my eyes and the wrinkles did seem more pronounced at first. Then I kind of peeled/flaked.

The Dermatologist told me to use an OTC cortisone cream for the itching and redness and it helped. I almost quit using it but my sister who had BAD scaring from acne and chicken pox used it and she got rid of all her scaring and wrinkles…she talked me into staying with the program…and after six months WOW! I have had people who see me on a weekly basis stop me and ask what I am using for my skin because I look GREAT. I think that the key to using retin A or any other product is to use it sparingly. Just like the Obagi system has the ‘blender’ to use with the Retin A therefore it dilutes the retin A. You do have to use a sun screen every day. I just put it on after my ‘steps’ in my skin care system and put my makeup on over it. I found the best sunscreen…that isn’t oily or ‘smelly’ is one that the dermatologist recommended. It too is quite expensive but it lasts a LONG time.

I live in Florida and for me it is just part of my ‘routine’. I believe that everyone should use a sunscreen everyday as if it were a moisturizer. I have a 10 year old and am teaching her to use it every day after she brushes her teeth in the morning. I hope that my experiences will help someone else. I think that Retin A is a miracle for me and don’t know what I would do without it…I know my self-esteem would be low if I had to spend the rest of my life looking the way I did before starting to use it.


Subj: You can NOT wax
Date: 9/2/2007
I started using Retin-a just 2 weeks ago. I wasn’t aware that you can not wax when using this. It took a layer of my skin off. It’s been almost 2 days and it still looks really bad. What can I do to make it better? PLEASE Help!


AskDocWeb: The use of a triple-antibiotic ointment on the area should help decrease any scarring.

Subj: Benzyl peroxide and the Retin A cream
Date: 9/4/2007
Hi my daughter is 13 years old and has mild to medium acne. She is currently taking the oral antibiotic akamin and has just been given the retin a to use in conjunction with the antibiotic. She cleansers at night using benzyl peroxide acne wash. Her face is extremely dry but only slightly irritated. Is it a good idea to be using both the benzyl peroxide and the retin a cream at night. Or should she use a mild cleanser while using retin a? Thank you,

AskDocWeb: No, she should not be using both the benzyl peroxide and the retin a cream together unless instructed to do so by a dermatologist. She may need a gentler wash for night.

Subj: Increased facial hair
Date: 9/5/2007
I’ve read a few comments about increased facial hair associated with Retin A. Is this a side effect of Retin A? I was prescribed Retin-A when I was a very young teen. I was also prescribed benzamycin and the birth control pill to control acne, which was not that acute. Coincidentally I had a radical increase of very noticeable soft facial hair. I am a light skinned brunette. So I needed to use a hair removal product and have noticed over time more of these hairs are becoming terminal hairs. I’m in my mid-twenties now and I have to shave my face every day, by the evening I will have stubble. I’ve had laser removal but it hasn’t helped. This isn’t hereditary my mom has less facial hair than I do and she’s going through menopause. Is there a possibility that Retin A is to blame for my facial hair problems?


AskDocWeb: Increased facial hair is not listed as a side effect by the manufacturer. We suggest you consult with a dermatologist.

Subj: Sun damaged skin?
Date: 9/7/2007
I have a question, not a comment. Does Retina A Microge help sun damaged skin? Also, is it safe? Thank you.

AskDocWeb: Yes, Retin A is used to rebuild sun-damaged skin (damage from years of tanning). When used as directed, Retin-A micro is safe. Please read the directions.

Subj: Wonderful improvement
Date: 9/8/2007
My doctor prescribed doxycycline, a sulfur wash and Retin-A and I’ve religiously followed instructions. It’s been 6 weeks and I’ve noticed a wonderful improvement on my skin. I’m glad I weathered the worst (peeling, flaky skin). It does get worse before it gets better. My skin has never looked better! the black scars are beginning to fade and my pores have certainly reduced a great deal! I recommend using a soft face cloth to slough off the flaky skin. Please hang in there, don’t be discouraged.


Subj: My acne is much worse
Date: 9/8/2007
I’ve been using retin a 0.025% for 4 weeks for mild acne, since I started I am getting the redness and burning and my acne is much worse than before all over my forehead in big clusters and my cheeks too…my face has also become really oily as well – I’m worried that the pimples won’t go away…how long before I know if this is really going to work? Should I take an antibiotic with it as well?


AskDocWeb: The skin condition is known to get worse before it gets better but you should have started seeing improvement by now. Make sure you are not applying too much. Applying Retin-A excessively will not produce faster or better results, and marked redness, peeling, and discomfort could result. Although more than 6 or 7 weeks of treatment may be needed before consistent beneficial effects appear, with the redness and burning you may want to see a dermatologist.

Subj: Skin tone
Date: 9/9/2007
I used Retin A as a teenager around 15 years ago. I’ve noticed that the areas where I used it (cheeks and chin) remain a redder skin tone than the rest of my fact, to this day (15 years later). Should I have been warned about this before beginning Retin A years ago? I don’t think at this point anything will change my skin tone to even it out since it’s been so long.


AskDocWeb: You would have to consult with a dermatologist to find out if anything can be done about this.

Subj: Tried many antibiotics
Date: 9/10/2007
I started Retin-A last night. Previously, I have tried Accutane, Duac, Benzyl peroxide, and many other antibiotics. I am 16, and have had acne since the age of eleven. As well as Retin-A, I am also on Tetralysal. My acne is all over my face, and is mostly pimply at the moment, but I’m scared it will get worse and go all lumpy. I am so sick of my acne. It causes a lot of problems in my life. I would just like to know, what are the chances of the retin-A and Tetralysal working? Or do you know? Thank you.


AskDocWeb: Tetralysal (Lymecycline) takes about 2 months to work or to see the results, and the Retin-A takes several weeks. Because people have a variety of skin types and conditions, only your dermatologist could say how well it might work for you.

What is Lymecycline (Tetralysal) used for?

  • Acne vulgaris
  • Brucellosis (Infection caused by Brucella bacteria)
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Dental infections
  • Infections caused by Rickettsiae micro-organisms transmitted by lice, fleas, ticks and mites
  • Infections of the sex organs and organs associated with urination (genito-urinary infections)
  • Lyme disease
  • Weil’s Disease/leptospirosis (Disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria)

Lymecycline belongs to a group of antibiotics called tetracyclines. This antibiotic has the ability to inhibit the growth of a wide variety of bacteria. It interferes with the production of proteins that bacteria need grow (bacteriostatic) which stops the spread of infection.

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