Which do you recommend and why: tretinoin or a vitamin A cousin?

Which do you recommend and why: tretinoin or a vitamin A cousin?

I wish this whole area was less confusing to consumers!  And, it is confusing!  For your specific question, the answer is easy because tretinoin IS a Vitamin A cousin.  This whole group which are called retinoids (Vitamin A cousins basically)  include tretinoin (the generic version), Renova, Retin A, Retin A micro, Refissa, Differin, retinols, and there are many others.  The choice of which one depends on what you are using it for and how oily or sensitive your skin is.  Dr. I

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