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Are retinol skin treatments safe for sclerodermians?

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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?




PS: the ~'s are my crow's feet!

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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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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.

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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.


When I've magically become beautiful, I'll change my avatar to a picture of me. :lol:



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