This is a topical retinoid that works by speeding up cell turnover rates. Because skin cells aren't hanging around in the pore as long, comedones and other blemishes are reduced. Many patients have seen improvement; however, creams and lotions can clog pores and cause whiteheads and blackheads. It cannot be used by people who have eczema and will leave you particularly susceptible to sunburn. Exceptionally dry skin is the most reported side effect with itchy hives being second. More Information
Only a generation ago, it was thought that eating too many sweet or greasy foods caused acne; now doctors know much more about why breakouts happen and how to treat them. This section addresses common questions about acne.