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Old 12-27-2005, 08:48 AM   #1
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allergy to retin a? Help!

hi, last thurs I went to the derm to get a tx for mild acne-mostly lots of clogged pores an doily skin (my skin is very sensitive as well). She prescribed me Avita ( low dose retin A-.025%). Since thrusday my skin as gone crazy-it's really red and I have bunshes of small bumps everywhere. My forehead was fairly clear and now it looks horrible. I have only used it for three days. I stopped using it last night and it looks a little better. My skin looks really irritated. Has anyone else had this experience? is this an allergy? (I have used retin a and differin before and this never happened-I never experienced the inital break out phase etc.) Please help! any ideas of how to get rid of the little bumps?


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Old 12-27-2005, 03:46 PM   #2
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Re: allergy to retin a? Help!

Anybody? Please help

Old 12-28-2005, 04:30 PM   #3
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Re: allergy to retin a? Help!

My son was prescribed Retin-A a little over 2 weeks ago and I was shocked at how much "worse" his face looked after the first week. I researched Retin-A (simply typed in Retin A in the search box on my home page) and read that it is absolutely normal for a complexion to look much worse for the first week to two weeks and then there should be much improvement. I was relieved to have read that. Try doing a search on Retin A, I read and read and read. Good luck.

On a separate note to anyone that read my post in regards to Retin A and what I thought was an allergic reaction that my son was having to it, it ended up being a change in laundry detergent (he had hives and swelling in his hands/feet), it had nothing to do with the Retin A. I just happened to change laundry detergent around the same time that my son started his Retin A and had assumed that the new prescription was the problem....

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