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How can retinoids help with acne?

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If you have moderate to severe acne that hasn't gotten better with other treatments, a retinoid may help. When spread on the skin, retinoids can unclog pores, allowing other medicated creams and gels to work better. They also reduce acne outbreaks by preventing dead cells from clogging pores. By clearing acne and reducing outbreaks, they may also lessen scarring.

Retinoid pills treat oil production, bacteria that cause acne, and inflammation.

From: Retinoid Treatment and Your Skin WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Michigan Health System: "Topical retinoid medications for acne."

DermaNetwork.org: "Topical Retinoids and Application."

Harvard Health Publications: "Do skin creams deliver?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Skin wrinkles and blemishes -- Treatment."

International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements database: "Nongenital warts: classification and treatment options."

American Academy of Dermatology.

FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 17, 2019

SOURCES:

University of Michigan Health System: "Topical retinoid medications for acne."

DermaNetwork.org: "Topical Retinoids and Application."

Harvard Health Publications: "Do skin creams deliver?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Skin wrinkles and blemishes -- Treatment."

International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements database: "Nongenital warts: classification and treatment options."

American Academy of Dermatology.

FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 17, 2019

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