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When will results with Retin-A Micro Regimen be visible?

  • 6 years ago

I am new to Retin-A Micro and have read a lot of reviews about it and understand that it takes time to see results and that your skin will often look worse before it looks better. I am at my 3 week mark, and did experience purging (not too bad though) and am waiting for the great results that many see at 6 weeks. For those using Retin-A, when did you notice a great improvement?

For those that use it every other night, what do you use on your off nights? I know my skincare regimen has changed dramatically as I am no longer using any harsh products (with the exception of the aqua glycolic facial moisturizer on my off nights mixed with la roche posay's toleraine moisturizer). Any input would be greatly appreciated.

For note, I am only 21 years old and am on it for breakout purposes (although before I never broke out horribly to begin with, just when I happen to have had an appt with my derm). ***one last thing...everywhere I read it says "only a pea size amount should be necessary" but there is NO WAY that a "pea size" covers my whole face....

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I AM ON DAY 4 USING TRETINOIN 0.1% GEL I ORDERED OFF AMAZON (TUBE SAYS MADE IN INDIA) SO FAR I AM GETTING EXPECTED RESULTS REDNESS AND ALREADY SOME MILD PEELING , HAS ANYONE ELSE USED THIS PARTICULAR PRODUCT?
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I'm on week7-8 or day 60 but I have had to use it ever other day or do bc my face got really red. I'm still breaking out but im sure the skipping days could have something to do with it. Thank you! I just wanted to make sure someone got results.
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Michelle, I am on my 8th week of Retin A micro. The first few weeks I was using the .04% and was breaking out so bad I would cry myself to sleep. I even had to take a day our two off work and the days I was at work I was so embarrassed. My face was blotchy and peely and it looked like I had a hundred tiny pus filed pimples all over the place. It was a complete nightmare!!..Now I am in werek 8 and my skin is really looking amazing. It is still a bit peely under control. It is stol piling things from my skin but what a difference. It really does take time.....like 7 weeks like they say. I was going to quit at the 3 or 4 week mark because it was so bad but I kept with out and so glad I did. Give it time and don't give up. Remember to try to moisturize and don't pick if you can help it. I still have a ways to go but I can see that it is only going to get better from here. Good. Luck!!
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I see it has been 2 years since you posted this. Did you happen roses results within the six weeks? I'm on week 3 day 1 and I'm breaking out horribly. I have heard from the derm that it will take 33 days to get down to the epidermis of the skin and from then on you should start getting results but at day 33 will be a really bad break out. Day 66 should be complety clear.
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I've been using retin a micro for hyperpigmentation on my face. I actually did break out (which I never have, even as a teenager) but it didn't last long. The pea size amount is about right. If you look at a pea, they aren't as small as we think. I actually use a CHICK PEA sized amount. I put it on my left hand, and with my right hand, I use one finger to take alittle and spread it lightly. This seems to be the key, because, Retin A Micro doesn't need to be spread hard, because, it sort of disperses itself (spreads) after you put it on gently, if that makes any sense. I use it on my cheeks, jawline, nose and forehead. A chick-pea size....more like a pea and a half amount! La Roche Posay's Toleraine is a great product, and you may also want to use their Thermal Spring Water, as well. It's quite helpful. Also, be sure to use sunblock when you go out, Retin A Micro can give you a very bad burn, even in Spring Sun. I have noticed a difference in my skin. It is softer, smoother, plumper. I still do get some minor flaking, but in the morning, after washing my face with Dove (the Olive Oil Bar), I use my Sunblock (Mary Kay) and then a good moisturizer for dry skin, either Mary Kay or La Roche Posay. Best of Luck to you.
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I completely understand where you're coming from. I had a similar experience (it was years ago, but I can still relate) with Retin-A. Out of the blue when I was around your age I started breaking out. I was one of those teenagers that never really did, so this was a surprise. I went to the dermatologist and was prescribed Retin-A. I used it faithfully as prescribed--heeding the warnings about its potential to dry out my skin and to, as you note, only use a pea-size. I used it daily, but I did not have success with Retin A. And it seemed an eternity before I finally said, "this isn't working". For me, one thing that ultimately balanced my skin out a bit and cleared things up was daily use of a 10%-12% alpha-hydroxy face cream (mine was a glycolic acid formula). I'd continue with the regimen for the fully-prescribed amount of time because that is a commonly heard aspect of Retin-A, that it takes time, sometimes up to that milestone "6 weeks". But if you are not seeing results, please get back to your dermatologist to discuss alternatives.
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