Tretinoin, otherwise called all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), belongs to the class of drugs called retinoids and is used in the treatment of acne. It prevents acne by affecting the growth of skin cells. The side effects include sun sensitivity, peeling of the skin, and skin redness.
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What are the ways to remove acne scars?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 years old. My weight is 50 kg and my height is 158 cm. I have severe acne scars on face, back, lower back, below the neck and pimples on face. Even after using Benzoyl peroxide there is no change. I have oily skin. I use to get severe menstrual pain up to 3 or 4 days and for which... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For acne, take a course of tablet Azithromycin 500 mg daily on three consecutive days in a week for four to six weeks and continue with Benzoyl peroxide 2.5 percent gel on the pimples in the morning and Adapalene gel at night on the pimples. As far as scars are concern... Read Full »
Why do I have dark spots all over my body?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old female with three kids. When I was in my teenage, I developed red bumps which later on turn into acne. Most of the time I scratch them as they are very itchy and same with insect bites. I have a lot of dark spots now all over my face, buttock, back of my thighs and uppe... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please answer me the following questions to give more accurate treatment. Prescription hyperpigmentation treatment can be procured online on a telemedicine portal. How long it has been there? Is itching still there? Can you mention any exaggerating and relieving fact... Read Full »
My daughter's eye has turned brownish and irritated. Why?
Query: Hi doctor, This is a picture of my 25-year-old daughter's eyes. She is studying, and she is concerned that one corner of her eye has recently turned brownish (the picture is of both eyes for comparison). She says it is a little irritated, and this has appeared in the last few weeks. She started usin... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. There are a few possibilities after I went through the picture (the attachment is hidden to protect the patient's identity). This comes under conjunctival pigmentation, and there are a few reasons for this pi... Read Full »
Can allergy affect the penis head?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 31 years old. I have two small affected areas on my penis head and it is not going away. They get dry as they regrow and sometimes, I peel off the dry part using a nail cutter. I am really concerned about this. It is not smooth as it used to be. I am going to attach photos for you... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your question and I have also reviewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These are most likely warts or condyloma acuminata which is an infection caused by human papilloma virus (HPV). The infection is usually acquired by sexual co... Read Full »
Is Retino-A effective for cystic acne scar?
Query: Hi doctor, I suffered from cystic acne. I used Clindamycin and Epiduo gel. It cleared my acne, but left black and red marks. I have attached the pictures. Which type of scar is this? Is there any topical cream to remove the marks? Is a chemical peel or Retino A effective for this? I also have some h... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query in detail and do understand your concern. I have also viewed the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These are ice pick and boxcar scars (the big ones) of acne. Treatment for the small ice pick (hole-like) sca... Read Full »
I am about to start using Tretinoin to my face. Can I use a moisturizer after applying Tretinoin at nights?
Query: Hello doctor,I am 33-year-old male, healthy, and have no current or previous skin conditions.1) I am about to start utilizing Tretinoin 0.025 % to apply to my face to get a head start and keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay. There is a product that is a moisturizer that comes with Vitamin C and has ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Both Tretinoin and glycolic acid work by exfoliating the superficial layers of skin. When applied together, they have the potential to irritate the surface for the same reason. But obviously, it also matters glycolic acid is in what concentration 1 or 2 % should not i... Read Full »
What should I do to help my acne and dark spots?
Query: Hi doctor,I have acne and acne marks on my cheeks for a year. Please help me to get clear skin. I am not taking medications currently. But I have tried using Clindamycin phosphate and Nicotinamide gel. It did not help me. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your statement and pictures suggest that you have acne and acne marks (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You can try using Retino-A (Tretinoin) cream. Apply it to the affected area twice daily. Use Hydroquinone cream on the affe... Read Full »
How to get the black line off my nose?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a horizontal black line on my nose from the past seven years. During the time of menses, it looks lighter, but on the other days, it looks darker. I applied everything from lemon juice, potato juice, cucumber, kojic cream, etc. But nothing works. What should I do? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your concern may be post inflammatory hyper pigmentation or melasma.I suggest you try Lumacip plus (a combination of Fluocinolone topical, Hydroquinone topical and Tretinoin topical) cream. It is a triple combination cream. You can apply the cream on the pigmentation, ... Read Full »
There are white spots on the inner part of the penis. Is it penile papules?
Query: Hello doctor,I have noticed there is some pimple like structures on my scrotum skin. Is it warts? I do not have sexual relation with anyone till now. My father is suffering from eczema. Is it due to that? And also, I am seeing white spots on the inner part of the penis. Is it penile papules? Please ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have noted your concern and I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have sebaceous cysts of scrotal skin. They are not warts. Sebaceous cysts need to be removed surgically. The raised lesions on the corona of glans are penil... Read Full »
What causes little red dots in the legs?
Query: Hi doctor, From young age, I have had little red dots all over my legs and not much hair. I am a 31 year old male and I want to know the problem. There might be ingrown hairs, but I do not know. I have more of them hair especially on the back. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern and examined your given pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). With your given descriptions it looks like ingrown hairs. The most common cause of ingrown hairs is shaving, waxing and tweezing unwanted facial and body ha... Read Full »