Is Retin-A Micro Gel as good as the normal gel for stimulating collagen and is there any major difference between the strengths in terms of results shown? Thank you.
Is Retin-A Micro Gel As Good As the Normal Gel for Collagen?
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Retin A Micro
Retin A Micro is gentler on very sensitive skin but has the same effect on collagen formation. It may take longer time of use to get the same effect.
All forms of Retin-A are effective
Patients will often ask what the best form of Retin-A is... cream, gel, solution, etc. In reality, any form of tretinoin (the generic name) is effective. Which brand, strength, and vehicle (cream, gel, etc.) you use is purely patient preference.
There is no solid data that a certain brand or strength works better than another, but it does make sense that a higher strength would be more effective. However, it will also be more irritating to the skin, and may cause a bit more dryness. Cream and gel are the most popular vehicles: cream is more moisturizing, gels are better for oily skin.
Retin-A Micro is probably better than the normal generic because it is a bit less irritating, but it is also much more expensive. Brand name or generic will help you achieve the benefits of a retinoid, though.