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Questions about Retinoids

I have a major problem with blackheads, some redness, blotchiness, etc. I tried Green Cream for over 5 months which didn't really do anything for my acne. I've also tried BHA, Mandelic Acid, BP, etc. The only thing that has seemed to help is accutane but I can't take it due to side effects. That only leaves prescription retinoids, so my questions are:

1. Which do you feel is the best?

2. Do they purge all of your pores, and get rid of existing blackheads/bumps?

3. Do they help with redness, texture, etc?

4. If Green Cream didn't work do you think stronger Retinoids are going to do anything?


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1. Can't compare, only ever tried one

2. They slowly unblock your pores of blackheads but aren't as effective on stubborn blackheads, however it will definately loosen them up.

3. Your red marks will look worse but it is actually helping. Retinoids improve the texture if you try to ignore the flaking and they improve shallow scarring, sometimes eliminating them.

4. Give it a try, what have you got to lose?

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