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Safe to use BP/salicylic acid while on tretinoin cream?

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I used to use retin-a but then discovered this generic stuff they had at the pharmacy that's much cheaper. In fact, this is the exact product right here:

dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=10964

Anyway, I read on one of the other posts that using BP or salicylic acid might be a good idea with the tretinoin cream. (Oh, that's one other thing: should I definitely be getting the GEL, not the CREAM?) Is it true? Should I dig out some of that old proactiv BP stuff, or some of my neutrogena salicylic acid wash?

So basically what I'm asking is:

1. I read on the Dr. Fulton post that only the gels are very effective. I have the CREAM kind. Should I be getting the gel on my next refill or does it really matter?

2. Is it a good idea to use BP or salicylic acid in the mornings, and continue to use my tretinoin cream in the night?

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The retin A gel is not comedogenic. The retin A cream is. That's the only difference. Thus: the cream's best for non-acne prone, wrinkly skin. The gel's fine for either acne or wrinkles.

Before you add in anything, wait until you've completely adapted to the Retin A and have used it for several months. THEN consider using BP. Salicylic acid does not have as great an antibacterial effect and is just multiplying the exfoliation that you're already getting from the retinoid; it's overkill.

Don't use BP at the same time as the retinoid. Differin/adapalene is the only retinoid that can be use concomitantly with BP.


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Wtf? So the tretinoin cream prescribed to me by my dermatologist that's supposed to be helping my acne is actually comedogenic and making it worse? :X

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Wtf? So the tretinoin cream prescribed to me by my dermatologist that's supposed to be helping my acne is actually comedogenic and making it worse? :X

Take responsibility for your health; read the full prescribing information for any medication you take and understand that not all risks or potential side effects will likely ever be fully known.

=Regimen: Cetaphil Sensitive Skin Bar & Avon Anew Advanced Clinical Retexturizing Peel every day & Queen Helene Mint Julep mask weekly=
*Glycolic Acid Product Recommendations *What to do with a cyst/pimple/zit

Wynne 2.9Beta Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

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Yes, that's what I was wondering about. When I read Dr. Fulton's message, I checked my tube (it's not Retin-A btw, it's a generic tretinoin cream) for isopropyl myristate and sure enough, there it was, 2nd ingredient on the list. Wow, what in the world...why would they prescribe me super-comedogenic cream??

Well much thanks for those links though. So one more time, would it be ok for me to use 2.5% BP in the mornings after I cleanse, and tretinoin gel in the evenings?

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I would get used to the gel first. It can be extremely annoying to the skin. Adding in another product could make you pretty unhappy.

Also, remember that retinoids may have a purging effect. You may break out more at first. I did not when I used Retin A, but some people do. Please read the following post on how topical retinoids work and why patience and perseverance is required when using topical retinoids: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Info-reti...ial-t98395.html Please also realize that at least three months on the medication is required for noticing full benefit. You may experience an 'initial breakout' (explained in previous link) that's due to the purging effect of retinoids.


Take responsibility for your health; read the full prescribing information for any medication you take and understand that not all risks or potential side effects will likely ever be fully known.

=Regimen: Cetaphil Sensitive Skin Bar & Avon Anew Advanced Clinical Retexturizing Peel every day & Queen Helene Mint Julep mask weekly=
*Glycolic Acid Product Recommendations *What to do with a cyst/pimple/zit

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