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Retinoids: Overview

Topical Retinoids

Vitamin A has a side-effect. If taken in a large quantity, it dries the skin and peels it off. In larger quantity, it is dangerous to take vitamin A orally. This side-effect of drying and peeling the skin is made use of, in preparing different derivatives that are used as topicals for acne treatment and aging skin care. Some topical retinoids are also used in treatment of other diseases as psoriasis. Let us find out more about retinoids.

What Are Retinoids?
Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A. As vitamin A produces pigments in the retina, it is also called retinol. The word 'retinoid' is derived from that. Most of the retinoids are becoming very popular in treatment of skin disorders. Some like isotretinoin are available for oral use while most of the others are used in topical formulations. Retinoids are widely used to treat acne and other skin disorders. These medicines are not safe to take during pregnancy and utmost care has to be taken while using retinoids. The common retinoids that are used topically are tretinoin, retinol, retinyl palmitate, adapalene and tazarotene. Let us find out more about them.

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