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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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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 turned into acne. Most of the time I scratch them as they are very itchy and the same with insect bites. I have a lot of dark spots now all over my face, buttocks, back of my thighs, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please answer me the following questions to give more accurate treatment. How long has it been there? Is itching still there? Can you mention any exaggerating and relieving factors? Any area spared? How long have you been breastfeeding?   Read Full »

Can dermaroller be used on extremely thin and dark skin?

Query: Hello doctor, I have applied steroid cream (Betnovate-C) and my skin has become extremely thin and dark now. A dermatologist recommended me to try dermaroller so I want to know is it safe? And will it work? Please explain in detail as nothing has worked for me.  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Indiscriminate use of topical steroids can cause skin thinning (due to collagen degradation) amongst other side effects like acne, facial hair, etc. Most of these side effects resolve gradually over next few months after stopping the topical steroid cream. This recov...  Read Full »

I notice white spots on the inner part of my penis. Kindly help.

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 »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 penile ...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing skin discoloration. Can I undergo laser treatment and use tretinoin cream for management?

Query: Hello doctor. I recently visited a dermatologist, where I live, to be treated for skin pigmentation on my face. However, I was given tretinoin cream and advised to get the PicoSure laser treatment. I would like to hear your thoughts on this laser therapy in further depth. Will this assist me in sol...  Read Full »

Dr. Filza Hafeez

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to Picosure is one of the most advanced and cutting-edge lasers for pigmentation in Asian skin.  Read Full »

I am an 18-year-old with red bumps and itchy skin, causing my forehead to appear greasy. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 18 years old female, and my skin condition suddenly worsened seven years ago. There were red bumps on my skin that grew with time. My face became red and itchy. My skin would soften in humid weather, but in rainy or dropped temperatures, grainy particles would get attached to those...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and can understand your concern. It seems you have acne vulgaris. Acne vulgaris is a common skin problem in adolescents and adults. Pilo-sebaceous follicles or oil glands can cause this condition and involve areas where oil glands are dense, like...  Read Full »

Can I use a moisturizer after applying Tretinoin at night?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 33-year-old male, healthy, and have no current or previous skin conditions. 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 g...  Read Full »

Dr. Payal Chauhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 ...  Read Full »

I am a 21-year-old with a growing bump that appears dark red and has a white center. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 21-year-old male having a bump with a small rash around it. I noticed it forming yesterday but thought it was just a pimple. But now the bump is getting bigger with a dark red color and a white center. I tried to pop it, and little blood oozed out. I am not on any medication. Ple...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query, and I can understand your concern. On examining your picture (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity), it seems to be Molluscum contagiosum. Molluscum contagiosum virus can cause this condition. Each lesion presents with central ...  Read Full »

I have been prescribed a medicated cream for acne; should I apply it before or after moisturizing?

Query: Hi doctor, My dermatologist recently prescribed me Retin A cream for acne, and her instructions state that I should apply it after my moisturizer. However, it is stated online that you must apply before. So, should I apply Retin A after or before moisturizing?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Retin A (Tretinoin) cream would make a face dry. The intensity of the dryness depends on the concentration of Tretinoin. Therefore, you will require moisturizer. I suggest you apply it thinly to pimples on the face at night. Begin with two ...  Read Full »

Why do I have red spots on my arm since I was 12 years old?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had red spots on my arm since I was 12 years old. I would like to know what are they and how to get rid of them? Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The condition you have is known as keratosis pilaris. It is a harmless skin condition in which tiny bumps form around hair follicles on the lateral parts of the arms and sometimes on the thighs. The condition is asymptomatic and benign and ...  Read Full »

My stretch marks are increasing day by day. How can I get rid of it?

Query: Hello doctor,I am suffering from severe stretch marks problem, which is increasing day by day. What can I do to get rid of it? And also I want to remove the old marks which are present near my belly, armpits, and above my shoulder. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Shakeel Akthar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please do mention your age whenever you ask any query in the future. If your stretch marks are new, then it will be reddish. If it is old it will be whitish, the response to new stretch marks are good whereas old ones respond less to creams and ointments. Please try ...  Read Full »

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