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What type of pimples do comedogenic ingredients cause?

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I'm going to start using Retin-A cream soon (vs. gel because my skin is dry), which has an ingredient that is listed as comedogenic, and I want to make sure that I know if it starts clogging my pores. Do comedogenic ingredients usually cause small whiteheads and blackheads or more inflamed bumps? How long after using the offending product do these pimples typically occur?

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Comedogenic basically just means pore-clogging. Clogged pores, however, can turn into blackheads, whiteheads, or inflamed acne.

Can't you use the gel or liquid Retin-A and just moisturize a lot?

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Urgh, I'd be ok if it just caused some whiteheads or blackheads, but all of my inflamed pimples scar now (dents) so this is risky. :think:

I requested the cream as I don't know if I can wait 20 minutes after washing and then another 20 minutes after applying Retin-A to moisturize every night. I also was under the impression that the cream is less irritating than the gel, and that the gel is meant for oily skin and the cream is meant for dry. My skin is hyper-sensitive and easily-irritated, so it's hard to figure out something that works!

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