The retinoids are a group of compounds closely related to vitamin A. Naturally they are present in foods like carotenes. They have significant effects on skin and are powerful treatments for acne. They are also used for things like reducing wrinkles as well as in the treatment of some skin cancers.

There are some retinoids that are used topically and others that you take orally, each of which have different risks and uses. We only prescribe topical retinoids; however, you can also discuss oral retinoids like Accutane (iso-tretinoin) with your HeyDoctor medical team or your in-person doctor.

Retinoids can be somewhat irritating to the skin, increase sun sensitivity, and cause some other side effects, so make sure to read all the information provided in the manufacturer's pamphlet about them.

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