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Retinoids (vitamin A derivatives), for example, Differin, Retin-A, Tazorac, treat blackheads and whiteheads, the first lesions of acne, as well as inflammatory papules and pustules. Trifarotene (Aklief) can be used to treat severe acne called acne vulgaris. With all retinoids, the most common side effects are dryness, irritation, and increased risk of sunburn.. While most are prescription only, there is an over-the-counter version of Differin now available.

SOURCE: American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 10, 2020

SOURCE: American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 10, 2020

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