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New Way to Streamline Acne Treatment Regimen

By July 12, 2010

Many teenagers have acne and one of the most difficult issues with treatment is consistency.  Teens have busy lives and often don't think about their skin care regimen every morning and night.

In the past tretinoin (Retin-A, Avita, Retin-A Micro, Renova) could not be used at the same time with benzoyl peroxide because they inactivate eachother.  Both topical medicines help fight acne by different means and using them together is more effective than using one medication alone.

In the past this meant using tretinoin at night and benzoyl peroxide in the morning, but often teens would get frustrated with what one of my patients called "always putting gunk on my face".

A new study just out shows that a new tretinoin formulation, Retin-A Micro Pump, used with benzoyl peroxide in the morning is as effective as splitting the application of tretinoin and benzoyl peroxide.

While this may be great news to teens who want to simplify their skin care routine, insurance companies aren't going to care that this is a more effective treatment.  It's likely that most insurance companies will not cover this new formulation.  Why pay for a more expensive treatment when the teen just needs to be more consistent with a cheaper option.

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