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References: Vitamin A and Skin Health

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42.  Olsen EA, Katz HI, Levine N, et al. Sustained improvement in photodamaged skin with reduced tretinoin emollient cream treatment regimen: effect of once-weekly and three-times-weekly applications. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1997;37(2 Pt 1):227-230.  (PubMed)

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51.  Kligman AM. The treatment of acne with topical retinoids: one man's opinions. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1997;36(6 Pt 2):S92-95.  (PubMed)

52.  Thielitz A, Gollnick H. Topical retinoids in acne vulgaris: update on efficacy and safety. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2008;9(6):369-381.  (PubMed)

53.  Orfanos CE, Zouboulis CC. Oral retinoids in the treatment of seborrhoea and acne. Dermatology. 1998;196(1):140-147.  (PubMed)

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57.  Shapiro L, Pastuszak A, Curto G, Koren G. Safety of first-trimester exposure to topical tretinoin: prospective cohort study. Lancet. 1997;350(9085):1143-1144.  (PubMed)

58.  Jick SS, Terris BZ, Jick H. First trimester topical tretinoin and congenital disorders. Lancet. 1993;341(8854):1181-1182.  (PubMed)

59.  Rollman O, Vahlquist A. Oral isotretinoin (13-cis-retinoic acid) therapy in severe acne: drug and vitamin A concentrations in serum and skin. J Invest Dermatol. 1986;86(4):384-389.  (PubMed)

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