Navigating Retin A and Retinol: Advice from an Experienced Dermatologist

Retin A is the brand name for prescription topical tretinoin or all-trans retinoic acid, a vitamin A derivative that was first FDA approved in the 1970s for the treatment of acne. Since its introduction, tretinoin has become a first-line agent in the treatment of both acne and photodamage. Retinol, a non-prescription form of retinoic acid, …

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