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 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 »

Why do I get small pimples after using Tretinoin cream?

Query: Hi doctor, I was put on a low-dose course of Accutane, and I took it for about 13 months (20 mg). My dermatologist was always going to prescribe cream Tretinoin after the course to help address my scarring or pigmentation. My question is that she prescribed the cream to be used after I have zero spo...  Read Full »

Dr. Barve Vaibhav Saidas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for allowing me to treat your skin problem. Please attach good-quality photographs of lesions to make it easy to diagnose and treat the condition. What you are experiencing is normal. Pimples can come and go up to the age of 30 years. Everyone experiences pimples...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a cream to manage skin rashes present below the lips.

Query: Hi doctor, From one month, I started to observe some rashes on the skin under my lips. I have been diagnosed before with dermatitis, but this is a different kind of rash. I have attached a picture of the rash. I have already tried applying moisturizing cream, Fisiogel, and Aciclovir. I thought it t...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your query and examined your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems you have flat warts, and they are not herpes. These are not dangerous. However, they have a tendency to recur even after multiple removals. The growth which occurre...  Read Full »

How long will it take to get rid of a cystic scar with laser surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a student, and I have huge cystic acne scars on my nose. I am getting laser sessions for the same, in a local clinic. But, even after three sessions, my skin shows no difference. Those marks look raised and terrible. Should I discontinue the treatment as it is extremely expensive fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is really difficult to get the scars healed with the available treatment options. Laser therapy is costly, and the results with this cannot be guaranteed. Laser therapy is one of the best available modality of treatment. So, if you can bear the cost, then you can conti...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest some home remedies for restoring my dark skin.

Query: Hello doctor, We just went on a vacation, where we did a lot of beach activities, and the sun was very harsh. As a result, my skin has become dark, and it is slightly starting to peel. Please suggest some home remedies or skin cream to restore my skin. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your complaints are more in favor of photo tanning. Prolonged exposures to the sun without the use of adequate protection is the major underlying factor. However, it is possible to recover the normal skin complexion by taking adequate care as early as possible. The mos...  Read Full »

Can skin tags be removed with cream or any topical medicine?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small pimple-like skin tag grown under my beard. It is bleeding when trimmed. I do not have any pain or irritation, and also there is no discharge. Could you suggest any cream or medicine to get rid of it? Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the pictures you sent. The growth looks like a wart (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Please send a clear, focused photograph with a camera flash on of the lesion. For now, I suggest you apply topical Tretinoin cream on t...  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 »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

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

What are the various treatment options for facial warts?

Query: Hello doctor, I have facial warts and they are really prominent. I have two tone skin and sometimes my skin will be dry and sometimes it will be oily.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is no attached photograph in your message. Kindly send a picture of the affected area to help you better. I need to see the affected area to assess the condition and suggest appropriate diagnosis and treatment.  Read Full »

Why do I get white bumps on my lips if VRDL is negative?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife got two abortions due to unformed heartbeat for up to three months. So the doctor suggested abortion tablets. After the second abortion, the doctor did some tests for my wife and me. She gave Rubella CMV and herpes vaccine and tablets for her. My HIV is negative, and VDRL is r...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have a history of white lesions on your lips, and some pimple-like lesions are present inside your mouth for the last one month that are painless. Your HIV and TPHA tests are negative and VDRL reactive in 1:4 dilution. Your wife has a history of two abortions in ...  Read Full »

How to get rid of painful brown spots in my hip?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 46-year-old female. I am regularly taking Thyroxine 50 mg. At present, I am suffering from skin problems. I have a few brown spots (a bunch of two or three) on my hip and back with a little pain and no discharge. In the past, I have spots on different parts of my body. At that ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you are suffering from a skin problem on the hip with brown spots and pain. According to the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) provided, you may suffer from age spots. They app...  Read Full »

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