Topical Retinoids

Cream, ointments, and gels that contain Retinoids, which is a medicine derived from Vitamin A, is called topical retinoids. The commonly prescribed retinoids include Tretinoin, Adapalene, and Isotretinoin. Topical retinoids are used in the treatment of acne, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, melasma, and actinic keratoses.

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Kindly suggest a treatment for acne breakouts.

Query: Hi doctor, I have had good skin for all my life. People would even compliment me on it at times. This changed a while ago. I have been involved in bodybuilding for the last year and decided to start taking creatine roughly three months ago. Before that, I did not notice any effect of exercise on my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Dermatologist, Venereologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Cosmetologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Body building supplements more often cause acne on face and body. This will gradually improve as you have stopped using the supplements. Chin lesions do take longer to heal, may take two to three months. Continue taking natural protein supplements and doing work out. Cli...  Read Full »

Kindly recommend a skin routine to get rid of acne.

Query: Hi doctor, I an 28 years old and I have a skin problem on my face such as acne, blackheads, big pores, etc. It is usually not that bad but once my spot is gone, I have a red mark that could stay on my skin very long. As a result, all my skin looks a bit reddish due to spots marks. I would say my s...  Read Full »

Dr. Vikash Paudel


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Skin in adolescent and young adult are covered with sebum secreting glands mostly over face and trunk. They increase during the summer and varies according to menstrual cycle. Besides oily cosmetics can hamper the acne formation process and aggravte the problems. You ...  Read Full »

How to treat acne?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having something like acne. They are superficial spots and a lot of them are mainly on my forehead, jaw and chin area. I am suffering with this problem for over a year now. Also, I have clogged pores and blackheads. I visited a doctor before and he said that he would not do anything ...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and read the query in detail. Your problem seems to be acne vulgaris. Acne vulgaris is a common skin concern in adolescents and may sometimes persist in adulthood too. It is a skin disorder involvin...  Read Full »

My daughter got pimples all over her forehead after using Differin. Is this due to use of retinoid?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter has been using Differin for five weeks now every other night and now has pimples all over her forehead. Is this the acne purge that happens using a retinoid?  Read Full »

Dr. Albana Greca

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please send a picture of the pimpels over your forehead. Could be acne purge but should have a look at the pimples myself.  Read Full »

What is the treatment for ichthyosis hystrix?

Query: Hello doctor, Please, I need help. My daughter is 10 years old. And she has ichthyosis hystrix in her body's left section, many doctors said that creams are the only treatment for whole life. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, it is ichthyosis hystrix. It is inherited condition and it is in her genes. Unfortunately, it cannot be reversed by any cream or oral medication. However, it can be improved with oral Retinoids and topical Emollients. The drug of choice is oral Acitretin. Apply...  Read Full »

Please suggest effective anti-aging treatment.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old female. Height is 5'3" and weight 71 kg. I have normal skin. I have started developing fine lines on my face. Just recently I have developed a slight depression in the form of a line starting from under the inner side of the eye running down the cheek (photo attached)....  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay Kumar

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Microbiologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have read your details and examined your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) carefully. I have the following suggestions for you which I am sure will specifically help you significantly in the long run. Avoid sun exposure as best as you can. Make ...  Read Full »

My skin is lifeless after using Retinol cream for a year. Will it ever become normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 year old female. My skin is in a terrible condition, and I do not understand what is going on. I am extremely scared. When I was 24, I took Accutane to clear up cystic acne. This was my second round of Accutane. I had also taken it when I was 16, but the acne came back. This...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are right. You should not have used a topical retinoids-based cream for such a long period as you are aware it makes the skin photosensitive. It will take time for the skin to heal. Along with the broad-spectrum sunscreen which you are using, consider applying...  Read Full »

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