Does Differin gel have the same benefits as Renova, etc.?

Does Differin gel have the same benefits as Renova, Retin-A, Tazorac, and Retinol? I seem to tolerate it better than the Retin-A micro gel I used in the past, but would like to know if it is helping build collagen. I am 47 and do not have active acne, just oily skin. Lisa in Naples, FL

Pretty much!  They are very close since they all are in the same class of medications called retinoids which are vitamin A cousins.  The Differin is a good choice for you if you have oily skin. Remember though you must practice sun protection compulsively if you are using these.  Sunscreen and hats every day and, if you are going to be outdoors a lot, I often advise patients to stop it completely for a sunny vacation, summer, training for a marathon, etc.  These topicals will make you slightly more sun sensitive.  A good option is to increase your topical antioxidants when you decrease your retinoids for the situations mentioned above.  Dr. I

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