What are retinoids?
Retinoids are a class of compounds which are related to vitamin A.
What are retinoids used for?
Retinoids may be used to improve some skin conditions including
* inflammatory skin disorders
What are some common examples of topical retinoids?
Tretinoin (retinoic acid / retin-A /Steiva-A)
(Isotretinoin aka Roaccutane is a retinoid, but is used orally, not topically)
Are topical retinoids by prescription or over the counter medications?
They can be either.
Retinol is an over the counter retinoid
Adapalene and Tretinoin are prescription medications
Use of Retinoids in Pregnancy
Retinoids should not be used during pregnancy
Systemic retinoids are contraindicated in pregnancy as they may cause CNS, craniofacial, cardiovascular and other defects
Other risks / side effects of topical retinoids