Frequently Asked Questions about Retinoic Acid
Retinoic Acid was first FDA approved for acne under the trade name Retin-AŽ. Since then it has been discovered that Retinoic acid can be used for several medical conditions, one is hair loss. Retinoic Acid is available only by prescription from a doctor in the United States.
2. Retinoic Acid was first FDA approved for acne under the trade name Retin-AŽ. Since then it has been discovered that Retinoic acid can be used for several medical conditions, one is hair loss. Retinoic Acid is available only by prescription from a doctor in the United States.?
Retinoic acid is believed to be advantageous for two reasons:
3. What are the side effects of Retinoic Acid?
The side effects my patients have experienced are "itchiness" and "flaking" of the scalp (i.e. - it can make your dandruff worse). However there are numerous medications that can resolve these side effects.
4. Can I use anything to decrease the side effects of Rinoxidil and Retinoic acid?
Yes, actually in Dr. McAndrews formulation he adds a low potency topical steroid, similar to hydrocortisone. This is the same medication we use to treat dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis).
Other ways to decrease the irritation of the scalp are:
5. Is it true that Retinoic acid makes my skin more sensitive to the sun?
Retinoic acid may increase your sensitivity to the sun. Therefore if you apply any solution that contains Retinoic acid in the morning avoid direct sun exposure to the scalp or apply a sunscreen. The activity of Retinoic acid can also be affected by direct sunlight. Therefore, if you are constantly out in the sun, it would be prudent if you used the solution with Retinoic acid only at night and in the morning use solely the 5% Minoxidil.
6. Will I see an initial increase in hair loss when starting Retinoic acid? What is Retinoic acid?
Similar to the use of Minoxidil, a small percentage of patients may experience an initial increase of hair loss at the onset of treatment. However, this resolves with time.