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Are topical retinoids like topical Accutane?

Are topical retinoids basically like Accutane only topically? I ask this because form what I understand they both work in the function of clearing the pore unlike most other acne meds that kill the bacteria?

Also, what is the difference between adapalene and retin-a? and what is the mildest topical retinoid - Differin 0.1 cream?

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Yes and no. Retinoids are a derivative of vitamin A, but they work differently to accutane. Just think of them as a weak version of accutane.

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Yes and no. Retinoids are a derivative of vitamin A, but they work differently to accutane. Just think of them as a weak version of accutane.

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a retinoid. As far as i know most topical retinoids are actually stronger then isotretinoin but because you take isotretinoin orally it works different (maybe better) then the topical retinoids do.

And i think differin cream 0.1 is the mildest topical retinoid looking at the severity of the side effects yes. I use differin gel 0.1 which only dried out my skin a little in the first couple of weeks. The cetaphil hydrating lotion fixed that well.

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All of what the above posters have already said are very good information regarding this question.

One advantage of using a topical retinoid over an oral retinoid (Accutane) is that you have control over what areas of your body you want the medication to work on. This is why doctors will almost never put patients on Accutane first, without at least trying some form of a topical (of course, unless the patient has severe cystic acne, it's all the doctor's call).

Therefore, patients on Accutane tend to have some unwanted side effects, such as dryness on all of their skin (not just the face), and initial breakouts over non-face areas (like chest/shoulders/back).

So, why does Accutane have a use? Well, if you compare something like Retin-A micro to Accutane, it's like a water gun to a cannon. Accutane is the most powerful form of a retinoid available to patients for acne, and it is a very strong medication. It brings very good results for many people, but also has riskier side effects.

In summation, that's where your doctor comes in. He or she is the one that is going to judge whether your case should call for one or the other.

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