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Q: Is there an alternative to Retin-A that is equally as effective?

What our experts say:

This is a great question.  After sunscreen, tretinoin Retin-A) is the most important part of your overall skincare routine.   I have pts everyday who say they can't tolerate a retinoid (Retin-A).  They say it turned them fire red and made them dry and their skin peel.  This is soooo commonly heard that I know before I hear the answer what happened.  The irritation is usually due to a concentration that was too high for their skin.  I have been using it for 10 years and still can only tolerate the lowest strength 3 times a week.  That's OK.  I alternate with something else like glycolic acid cream. 

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