Which medications in the drug class Retinoid-like Agents are used in the treatment of Pseudofolliculitis of the Beard?

Updated: Feb 07, 2019
  • Author: Thomas G Greidanus, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Retinoid-like Agents

These agents decrease the cohesiveness of abnormal hyperproliferative keratinocytes, and they may reduce the potential for malignant degeneration. They modulate keratinocyte differentiation. They have been shown to reduce the risk of skin cancer formation in patients who have undergone renal transplantation.

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

Topical tretinoin inhibits microcomedo formation and eliminates existing lesions. It makes keratinocytes in sebaceous follicles less adherent and easier to remove. Applied topically, it reduces outbreaks of mild pseudofolliculitis barbae. It is available as 0.025%, 0.05%, and 0.1% creams and as 0.01% and 0.025% gels.

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