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How can you minimize the risks of using retinoids?

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  • Stay out of the sun. If you must be outdoors, limit your hours, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wear sunscreen, preferably with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, and protective clothing.
  • Never use more of the product or use it more frequently than your doctor prescribes or the package label says.
  • Use a moisturizer along with topical retinoids.

Pregnant women or women who are planning on becoming pregnant should not use retinoids.

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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