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Retin-A

11/07/2005

Question:

Besides helping to clear the pores, do products like Retin-A also help to dry overly oily skin or not? Thank you.

Answer:

Retin A is an irritant on the skin and so may give a rough feeling to the skin that may be incorrectly diagnosed as dryness.  The fact is that the clearing of the blackheads and debris from the pilosebaceaous glands actually may increase the oiliness of the skin.

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Response by:

Charles L Heaton, MD
Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati