Trichostasis Spinulosa Medication

Updated: Jan 31, 2017
  • Author: Nicholas V Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

Varying degrees of success are reported with the use of topical tretinoin, which is used primarily as a preventive measure.

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Retinoid-like Agents

Class Summary

Retinoid-like agents decrease the cohesiveness of abnormal hyperproliferative keratinocytes and may reduce the potential for malignant degeneration. These drugs modulate keratinocyte differentiation and reduce the risk of skin cancer formation in patients with renal transplants. Applied topically, retinoids may prevent the development of lesions.

Tretinoin topical (Avita, Retin-A, Tretin-X, Atralin, Avita)

Tretinoin inhibits microcomedo formation and eliminates the lesions present. It makes keratinocytes in sebaceous follicles less adherent and easier to remove. Use 0.05% cream.

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