Just Started Retin A - Chicago, IL

So today is day 3 in my retin A regiment. I had...

So today is day 3 in my retin A regiment. I had never done it before. I use Retin A 0.1% and I use it all over my face. First day I put two drops all over my face, didnt look like much, so I added some more. It took several ( like three-four) hours for it to dry. Now I know I applied too much. But then I was just hanging at home, waiting for it to dry. Next morning there was no huge results, just when I put makeup it felt like I put makeup on the top of some dry mask on my face. PS I have no acne.. I am doing it for fun?antiaging, I just like to try things.
Anyhow. Next day I applied as much as I applied first time, means A LOT and waited for it to dry. Next day my skin was red, peeling all over, dry, kind of craked and hurting... Here you go.... So I did one day break and didnt apply this time on my nosefolds, this is where it hurts the most and I am using vaseline as moisturizer. If someone can suggest moisturizer for me - I will be greatful

Moisturizer? Anyone?

Moisturizer? Anyone?

Redness and pain is not a problem anymore, like it...

Redness and pain is not a problem anymore, like it is red, but not CRAZY RED...
Pain went away. Skin is peeling, but I use vaseline, I use it every second day now... I think I will go back to this medical spa, to get the eyelash stuff, and ask what moisturizer is the best, couldn't be vaseline the best moisturizer, right? then I will ask dermatologist again how many tomes to apply and how long the peeling should be. And maybe to get some fillers?

No pain, practically no redness. only peeling....

no pain, practically no redness. only peeling. skin looks really good when it is exfoliated and moisturized.
skin looks really good

So I went to dermatologist Monday. She was in a...

So I went to dermatologist Monday. She was in a hurry(again), I serously consider to quit going to her, I used to have another dermatologist, she was thousand times better.
Anyhow. I asked her about redness, and peeling. and what moisturizer to use. She said that peeling and redness will go away soon and moisturizer should be Aquaphore.
My skin doesn't hurt, it is slightly red, it is peeling every morning, but after exfoliation it is the most supple, firm , beautiful skin. All imperfections slowly start fading away. I will start trying retin a on my stretch marks on my stomach too.
So in general, i am happy with retin a, I just wish I would kmow that in the beginning your skin is going to look HORRIBLE, red, irritated, hurt, peeling. I didnt know and had important meeting to go to and looked like iron man that took a shower and now he is rusted.
Anyway, I will keep using and will keep you updated, I take pictures.

I really like my skin. I am getting adjusted to it...

I really like my skin. I am getting adjusted to it. Right after I apply ( you need to apply small amount, like a pea size) and smooth it all over my face, it is red in couple hours. Red and peeling in the morning. Doesn't hurt anymore. But after exfoliation in the morning it is the most gorgeous nice smooth skin I had ever have, even I always get compliments on my skin... now I can FEEL it. Anyone can advise best sunscreen??? My dermatologist told me any SPF 50 will work. They should carry makeup with spf, right? how does it work, like I know spf need to be reapplied, so do you remove makeup every 4 hours or so and reapply spf? Stupid question?

I am peeling today... my husband said my skin...

I am peeling today... my husband said my skin looks great, almost perfect, just forehead needs to be finished

Had you heard of Colorescience spf 50? I had been...

Had you heard of Colorescience spf 50? I had been recommended this sunscreen to use with retin a. Anyone has opinion on sunscreen??

My skin is the smoothest and prettiest it had ...

My skin is the smoothest and prettiest it had ever been. I had to stop for two days because of too much peeing. I am visiting dermatologist next week to address it

I am absolutely IN LOVE with Retin A. I am extatic...

I am absolutely IN LOVE with Retin A. I am extatic. My skin looks AMAZING. Dark spots on my forehead lightened. Skin texture is like baby skin. I had never had such great skin ever. I used it on my neck, now my neck has no lines, no dark spots, looks 20 years younger, seriously. Downside - skin is peeling once in a while, sometimes big time. I purchased Clarisonic for exfoliation. I use Clarisonic twice a week. Also use exfoliator every day. Still looking for advise from you guys on Sunscreen

I started BB cream for foundation and on my skin...

I started BB cream for foundation and on my skin it looks flawless and people comment on my skin now, I think I look years younger. BB cream is different from foundation, I had no idea, I just saw it in a store and bought it. I am happy I am not spending $60 on foundation anymore, BB cream is cheaper and looks much better. My dark spots on my skin completely disappeared

I took few days off retinol and guess what? Now it...

I took few days off retinol and guess what? Now it is all peeling again and I remind myself the iron man... I am submitting pictures of BB creams I tried. I like the L'Oreal one, but it has no SPF! L'Oreal BB cream comes out as white-gray substance and turns to skin color when blended.. Pretty cool. Everyone likes my skin color when I am wearing this cream... but no spf... made me to go try some other stuff.
About retinol I use: Gel, 0.1%, I used to get it from esthetician, now ( mainly because I put it on my neck, decolletage, some stretch marks) it goes quickly. I buy it in bulk now because I use so much.

By the way, I now wonder if my botox injections...

By the way, I now wonder if my botox injections were affected by Retinol. Read my other reviews to learn what's the deal with Botox... But it just came to my mind! did anybody have it happened that Botox did nt work as well or as usual because of retin-a?
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I wash with Argan Oil Cleanser... get it from health store in Cape Town (SA), doesn't leave my skin dry, so RetinA comes on and doesn't leave me flaking the next day. :) I like this stuff.
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It doesn't sound like you did any homework, which is stange considering you are posting on this site. You start off using 0.05% for a few months, by using it twice a week for about a month then building up to every other night, then eventually (if your skin can handle it), every evening. If you get peeling and/or redness, you are supposed to discontinue use for several days, and gradually build up again.
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I stopped using retin-a because it made my skin very dry and thin, plus I always pick at it which makes it worse. I try microdermabrasion at home and needling, but unfortunately my skin is not getting better. Ageing sux. :(
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I am 38 and I have never gone thru anything like before in life. Yes, I've had a few pimples or so but this here has taken my confidence away. I stopped dating, going out with my friends and avoiding people. Well, I started Retin-A tonight andlooking forward to my beautiful skin again...
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I started using Retin A....but instead of peeling, my skin has become blotchy...is this a phase and will it go away?

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Thanks fro your great info, am going to try retin a for my neck wrinkles;)
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Not sure I believe any of the above posts - They seem "planted." They're good plants, better than most, but nonetheless, they just seem artificial - Almost like a "new employee" trying to "make good." ..NOT buying it. Nice try, though...
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"BB" rep... Hehe, nice. Looks like you don't even know the subject.
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I didn't mean to infer that all the posts were untrue. This site has been a life saver (literally) for me regarding another issue so I'm just very protective /guarded when I read the posts - If something doesn't seem "right" or if a posts seems like a plant, I like to question it immediately. People rely heavily on these reviews to make decisions about having procedures. And if a procedure goes wrong, people rely heavily on the emotional support of other users in the same situation. However, there are also people (for example, sales reps from companies selling products claiming to counter bad reactions from a procedure or manufacturers of medical device companies making false claims and/or trying to "up" the satisfaction percentage of procedures that have a low satisfaction rating) that capitalize on the vulnerabilities of the users on this site and it sickens me. Perhaps I need to be less abrasive when addressing posters that seem "suspect" to me. Or perhaps I need to be less guarded when reading the reviews, posts, etc. You're right, not all the reviews, comments are false. Most posts, IMO, are sincere, but some of them are not. And I just like to try and filter those out so that people are not mislead. There are many vulnerable people on this site, including myself, and after what I have been through, I am very protective of the users of this site. As I said, this site was a life saver for me. I appreciate your comment - My apologies to you if I insulted you or upset you, it was not my intent to do such. I'm actually dealing with an issue now, so perhaps I am a bit hyper-sensitive. Again, my apologies. Incidentally, my opinion of Retin A is that it is wonderful.
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I never thought about 'plants' here. I don't think this person is. But I did look at the pictures again and thought one or two looked softened. Yes, it was obvious, but she's showing all different brands of BB creams. I only recently tried some. I don't know if it's all that it's cracked up to be. I find that I read all this hype about something, I'm generally disappointed when I buy the product. I take that back about plants, I recall reading someone who had a surgery done out of the country and she posted on a thread to me once and raved like an infomercial character about her surgeon and so forth...I asked questions, but she never responded, but I thought hmmmmmmm....then I read others went to this same doctor and place and had horrendous results. I thought that was pretty scary. Yes, there are a lot of vulnerable people so I feel bad for those that get taken in. I'd still like to get some retin a. Been so busy, I can't even focus on it, but while I'm thinking of it, I should call my surgeon's office and schedule an appointment with the estitician after I see my surgeon...
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See, one person like Iris, said itas plantes, others catching this too! Sometimes pictures are out of focus, I wisah this girl would respond, because it is funny, its contageous...
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I don't think the OP is a plant.
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I sincerely appreciate your review, however, your 3rd and 4th pic were soooo obviously "filtered" / "softened' so it's difficult to ascertain your "true" result. Minimum results of Retin-A take at least a few weeks to a 3 months, so I hesitate to take your review at face value. Also, not sure if this is a "BB" rep either...
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I've been using Retin-A for a couple of weeks. My dermo gave me a Rx for it and my insurance covers the cost. Only pay $10 for it and I have to make it last at least one month. Peeling is still ongoing, but I have noticed a huge difference in skin tone and coloration. Dermo recommended I use oil free make up and moisturizer with zinc and titanium sunscreen. So far I have only found 1 brand of moisturizer and make up (Neutragena - Healthy Skin).
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(The minimum tube) of Retin-A lasts wayyyy beyond 1 month - I'm not sure I get the "struggle" of "making it last 1 month." Pretty much anyone I know has trouble making it last a full 'year." Hence, not sure the longevity of this "post" is genuine... Particularly with the initial "poster's" review with pictures that are sooooo "softened," it's pathetic. Guys, really, people are seeking genuine, life-altering information on this site. How do you posts things like this in good conscience - I wouldn't be able to look at myself in the mirror knowing I've done "people" such a dis-service!
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CLARIFICATION: Most people I know have trouble using the entire tube before it expires - which in "all" cases is beyond one year! ...My point (in the above) didn't come out right - What can I say, ...It happens, lol...
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Since making my first post, I've learned that the dosage I was using was incorrect. My doctor did not specify "pea size" amount, so my first tube might not last as long as everyone else's. I've cut back a great deal on the treatment, so I can see it lasting quite a bit longer.
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I want to try Retin - A but where do you get it? How old are you by the way, if you don't mind me asking. You look pretty young to begin with and I'm 55 and wondering if it would even help at this point.
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Hi again Fixmyface.....You should be able to get Retin A from your PS. I think it's stronger than what a person could get at a pharmacy. Mine carries it at his office. I talked to my PS about it and may start it once I recover from my Facelife/necklift. I'm 62 and they said I could use it. I didn't have anything done to my eyes or forehead so I think I had what would be called a lower facelift/necklift.
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Hi MOH, I'll have to check into that at my PS's office. Thanks a lot! When did you have your face/necklift?
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Hi Fixmyface....I sent you a private message. Take care.
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