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Subj: Pregnant
Date: 4/13/2005
I have been using retin a topical creme.025% -.05% When I found out I was pregnant I stopped using it. Should I be worried about anything? My OBGYN said the risk was very minimal because I have now stopped using it altogether. Please help, I’m worried!


AskDocWeb Your OB/GYN is right, the risk is small enough that you have no reason to worry.

Subj: Metaplastic changes with Retin-A?
Date: 4/14/2005
I used retin-a for more than 10 years with mixed results. Initially I used it for acne, but continued it for prevention of fine lines and skin cancers. My 75 year old father’s dermatologist told him to stop using it, that there were studies out showing long term use could precipitate metaplastic change in the dermal layer. Is that true? Also I have wondered what systemic effects of long term exposure to retin-a have been documented.


AskDocWeb Many of us would like to see any kind of long-term study with Retin-A. If you could find a link or reference to just one of those long-term studies, we will post it here.

Subj: Moisturizer and Retin A
Date: 4/16/2005
I just started using Retin A. I am 53 years old and am hoping that it will eventually reduce fine lines and wrinkles, at least to a certain extent. My question: I know I must use it at night, but if I use a moisturizer as well, do I use the moisturizer before or after using the Retin A.


AskDocWeb Those users who reported the best results from using a moisturizer said that they used it first and allowed at least a half hour drying time before using the Retin-a.

Subj: Concerned about birth defects
Date: 4/16/2005
Greetings, My name is Wendy and I am 6.5 months pregnant. I have been occasionally using a skincare product that contains Retinol. I have used it prior to being pregnant and my skin cleared up more after becoming pregnant. I use it on the occasional zit, and I’d say I apply it sporadically 2 times a week.

I have read tons of pregnancy literature, and I just now came across an article stating the usage of Retinol can cause birth defects in pregnant women. I’m worried to say the least. Please let me know if you can provide me with any insights or research that states what the percentages are for pregnant women who had children with birth defects as a direct result of using skincare products with Retinol. Any help, direction or assistance will be extremely helpful and appreciated. Thank you,


AskDocWeb It would seem to be a very low percentage because we haven’t been able to find any published figures on this.

Subj: Sun problems
Date: 4/18/2005
I used retinol based cream and was in the sun. My skin became irritated and looked dry and wrinkled. Did I permanently damage my skin. I been using a moisturizer.


AskDocWeb No you didn’t ruin your skin, but you need to be more careful about being in the sun for extended periods of time.

Subj: Retin-a is amazing
Date: 4/22/2005
I have been using Retin-a for only 3 weeks now. It is amazing what It has done to my skin already. It is much smoother less lines, less pores. I feel beautiful. I will use it forever. I notice when I’m in the sun, even though the sun is not directly on me, just the heat alone, will make my face burn. But I just wear a spf 45 and to me a little sacrificing is worth having even beautiful skin. I urge everyone concerned with lines and uneven spots to get on retin-a!


Subj: Night cream
Date: 4/22/2005
Dear AskDocWeb, can I use Retin-A together with my night cream?


AskDocWeb No, it is not recommended.

Subj: Retin-A around the eyes
Date: 4/25/2005
I have experienced problems with my vision such as light sensitivity, abnormal blinking eyestrain and dryness since using Retin-A. I only apply it to my forehead and cheekbones. I know you are not suppose to use the medicine near your eyes, mouth or mucous membranes but what are the effects if it does get too close to your eyes?


AskDocWeb The risk is that you may get an overdose of the drug absorbed through these areas (eyes, mouth and mucous membranes). This would result in a marked increased of side effects as well as redness, peeling, and major discomfort.

Subj: Anything better?
Date: 4/26/2005
I have been using retin-a-gel for 3wks. I only have mild acne, but it’s making my skin worse, and now very dry. I’ve heard only bad comments about this gel. . . Is there anything better?


Subj: Miscarriage and Retin-A
Date: 5/4/2005
My sister in law was using Retin-A for a short time, and was told by her doctor to wait 6mos to a year after stopping the medication to have a baby. She got pregnant 6 months after stopping the medication and had major problems with the baby and lost it. She got pregnant again a year after stopping the medication and lost that baby too. Could this have anything to do with the medication still being in here system?


AskDocWeb: It is not likely after that much time has passed.

Subj: What’s the difference?
Date: 5/8/2005
I’m confused. What is the difference in using retin-a or renova or any other skin product with tretinoin in it? Thanks.


AskDocWeb: Renova is a retinoid and retin-A is a retinoic acid derivative. Retin-A is more for acne and Renova improves fine lines and wrinkles.

Subj: Red nose and blackheads
Date: 5/11/2005
I have had a red nose for over a decade. For the last 4 years I’ve also had blackheads on my nose. My doctor thinks I should try Retin-A but I’m worried about my red skin being too fragile for it? Also, is Retin-A Micro better then the Cream?


AskDocWeb: This sounds like you might need a specialist. If you see a good Dermatologist, he could tell you what product would give you the best results based on your skin condition.

Subj: Blisters on nose
Date: 5/12/2005
My 16 year old has been using .04 Retin A for about four weeks. Recently, she noticed blisters or bubbles on her nose. Should she stop taking the Retin A or will this side effect go away? She is on .04% and she also has .025%. Should she go to the .025% instead? Also, if she stops using the Retin A because of this side effect will the blisters or bubbles go away? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks,


AskDocWeb: Sounds like she should give herself a rest from the retin-a for awhile, then check with her physician as to what dose she should be taking. Of course she should tell him of the problems she has been having.

Subj: Excellent results for 60 year old
Date: 5/13/2005
I’ve used Retin-A for years, with excellent results. I’m 60 years old, and dermatologists have said my skin looks 15 years younger. It really does diminish fine lines, and gives a healthy glow. One important thing: the first month or two that you use Retin-A, you have to expect that there will be some fairly unsightly sloughing and peeling as dead cells are exfoliated. This means that the product is working. (No peel, no improvement.)

Also, acne will initially get worse in the first weeks of treatment because Retin-A gets rid of blemishes by bringing them to the surface. By the end of the second month, your skin should be calm and much improved in clarity.


Subj: Getting worse before it gets better?
Date: 5/16/2005
I am an African American and my doctor prescribed this to me because he said I have underlying blackheads. I have always had smooth beautiful skin now after a month of using it I have what look like patches and hives and my skin has never looked worse. Is this normal kind of a case of getting worse before it gets better. It has been 4 weeks and I have had no peeling or anything just what looks like a map on my face. Can you help me?


AskDocWeb: You should have those patches checked out by a dermatologist. The hives could be an allergic reaction to the retin-a.

Subj: Retin-a micro pill?
Date: 5/21/2005
Is retin-a micro available in a pill form or is it just available in a cream?


AskDocWeb: Sorry, no pill form is available, just the cream, solution and gel.

Subj: Molluscum and Retin-A
Date: 5/22/2005
I was instructed by my 6 year old daughter’s dermatologist to use Retin-A cream to diminish the appearance of her molluscum. The skin did not seem too irritated; however, her entire neck (area where the molluscum are located) is bright red and itchy. We also spent several hours outdoors yesterday and I am concerned that she is having a reaction. Please advise!


AskDocWeb: Sounds like she spent too much time in the sun. Retin-a causes the skin to become sensitive to sunlight and reactions like you describe are the result.

Subj: Pre-cancerous use
Date: 5/24/2005
I took Retin-A at a doctor’s recommendation to address a “pre-cancerous” spot near my eye. After two months of use, the spot was gone. I used it at night only. It was fabulous, but it certainly did not do much for wrinkles I had there. I now use it only on in problem areas where these spots pop up again.


Subj: Problem skin around eyes
Date: 5/24/2005
Hi. For a while now, I’ve had this peeling and itching circle around my eyes and my mouth. I use Vaseline for my lips and around my lip area so it won’t peel as much but it doesn’t seem to be working. Around my lips, it peels constantly and also around my eyes. When I wake up in the morning, I have extra junk in my eyes and also all day. What is wrong with me? Is it a skin thing? I don’t spend too much time in the sun cuz I’m black and I don’t want to get darker. Please help. Thanks


AskDocWeb: It does sound like a skin condition. You should have a dermatologist take a look at it.

Subj: Handling the sun with Retin A
Date: 5/29/2005
My son found that using Retin A all over his face made him very red and irritated, so now he only uses it about twice a week only on new pimples. Would his skin be able to handle sun since he only uses it on new pimples about twice a week???


AskDocWeb: Of course the less product he uses the better luck he will have in the sun. How sensitive his skin gets is something he will just have to experiment with.

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