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Are retinol skin treatments safe for sclerodermians?

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#1 JJ-Knitter


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Posted 21 August 2008 - 04:52 PM

I saw an article in a newsletter today that suggested topical retinol, carbon dioxide laser resurfacing, and hyaluronic acid injections have been proven clinically effective 'anti-aging' treatments. I'd sort of like to try the retinol for some of my wrinkles, but does anybody know if a medication designed to increase collagen production is safe for us sclerodermians?


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Posted 22 August 2008 - 07:01 AM

Hi JJ. I don't know the answer to your question, but have wondered myself and would really like to know. Since the Ssc diagnosis I have stopped using the 'pro collagen' creams and have just used basic moisturising creams- but do think my skin could do with a bit more help!

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 07:56 AM

Hi JJ,

I've been using a prescription retinol cream on my face, neck and chest for over 15 years. My primary care provider and rheumatologist know this and have no problems with it.
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Posted 22 August 2008 - 09:40 AM

At my request, my rheumatologist just gave me prescription for retinol 0.05%. He had no problems with it.
It seems to keep my skin softed by keeping the dead skin sloffed off.
Does it increase collagen production ?? I don't know the answer to that. :o
Hope this helps,
Diagnosed with Diffuse Systemic Scleroderma May 2005
Raynaud's, GI, esophagus, skin and lung involvement.

#5 JJ-Knitter


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Posted 22 August 2008 - 10:26 AM

Thanks, everybody! I'll go ahead and try the retinol prescription stuff. Bowbec, one of my complaints has been the dry flaky skin - I hadn't thought about how the retinol would help with that.

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