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I Was Told the Active Ingredient in Retin-A is the Same As Accutane, is That True?

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Retin-A and Accutane

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There are similarities between retin-A and Accutane, with both being effective for acne...one for milder acne, the latter for deeper, more severe or chronic acne. The ingredient in retin-A is tretinoin and it is isotretinoin in Accutane. Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto Dermatology Centre.

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Retin A is not Accutane

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Retin A is a topical retinoid with tretinoin as the active ingredient.  Accutane is an oral retinoid with isotretinoin as the active ingredient.

Web reference: http://www.perridermatology.com

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