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Retin A is a Life Saver! 7months in and my Skin is So Clear

I began using retin A in january 2014. I don't...

I began using retin A in january 2014. I don't remember the specific date but it was definitely january. I was desperate to get clear skin so I would research acne cures every day and I found this and then made the decision to order it online. So I ordered a 20g tube of a ret gel from ebay. At first I only used it on my back and chest and noticed results the next morning. Pimples were noticably smaller, drier. I was so excited. However My skin was very itchy and irritated there for the first few weeks/ months but I am not sure whether that was just my skin adjusting or whether I was using too much. The fourth-6th week of use I noticed a LOT of purging . Especially on my forehead, chin and jawline area and hairline. My shoulders also seemed to get more bumpy. But I continued using it every night religiously slowly even my blackheads came out on their own, like scabs. Bumps would either shrink and disappear or quickly turn into whiteheads which would dry up within two-3 days. The blackheads took longer though. They go through this slow process of coming up to the surface of the skin (because they are usually deeper in the pore) so that part was the worst because my forehead was a bumpy pimply mess and the pores that were clogged with a blackhead looked significantly larger but as soon as the dried up sebacious fillament was slowly expelled from the pore by continual retin a use, the pore went back to its normal small form. I heard lots of stories of retin a causing enlarged pores and orange peel texture, but that is simply not true because I have not experienced that. My pores are only bigger where I have attempted to manually extract a pimple and everywhere else they are of a normal pore size. They are only more visibly if im warm and sweating a lot or if I put on too much moisturizer but apart from that I am very happy with their size. Right now I am thinking of using retin a on my nose but I just dont wanna go through that awkward ugly bumpy purging stage again. The retin a is a miracle if you use it correctly and dont give up after a few weeks, but you NEED to be patient and you need to get used to having bad skin for a while because the wait is so worth it. Just dont pick at your skin please and make sure to use sunscreen every day and moisturize

1st month of use

1st month

12th March

July (7th month of use)

forgot to mention

My bacne and chest acne is also gone. Probably 80-90% of it which is a LOT considering I only had a mild case of it. I did get the fairly deep under the skin ones, blackheads as well as the bumpy future whiteheads but I never had any severe cystic acne so if you suffer from that I dont think retin a would be a quick and strong enough solution for you. It is great for "moderate" or 'common' acne though (ie blackheads, whiteheads,) but doesnt really work as quick if you suffer from very very deep acne

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its still hard to accept compliments

It feels so strange to be getting compliments on my skin now because I don't think I ever got any from people before!! In the summer my aunt said I have really nice skin (this was outside in the daylight) and last week a a girl from the shop said I have beautiful skin. For a second I thought 'no I don't but thanks' but then I realized I DO have beautiful skin and Im so glad I stuck with the retin a because now I can go back to college and not worry about my appearance as much anymore because my skin was a HUGE issue for me last year and I even skipped school when I felt 'too ugly to be seen' , I was really depressed and now, now I dont even remember the last time I cried about my complexion. Im happy with it, I accept it, even some of my old little scars are no big deal to me like they used to be. I was a perfectionist aiming for an unrealistic goal, but then I accepted reality of developing some scars and tried to move on and work on getting clear (which I am now yay!) ok ok I have one pimple near my hairline, but I think its from my mums bronzer or too much daycream, idk but it doesnt bother me anymore!!!
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it's funny I used 0.05 for months and had orange peel texture. now I'm back in the 0.1 cream with no Orange peel issues. I think the stronget one works better for me.
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My conclusion is that the cells turn over faster with the 0.1 eliminating the side effects. My own little experiment lol
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When 1st introducted, Renova/retin-A was manufactured by Johnson and Johnson and required a perscription to obtain and cost approx. $100 per tube. What exactly is being sold on e-Bay? Who is the manufacturer?
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Who is your ebay seller? I don't see it in any of the updates. There are many on ebay and a recommendation would help. Thank you.
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I don't actually remember the first one but I bought from a different one last time so I really just buy from the cheapest and closest I can find
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I will check my emails and see
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One of the sellers on ebay I bought from was called "popugai" (UK seller) and they still have some for £9.00 , but im trying to see if that was my first seller or second one, because the first was the best (lid and tube didn't break like they did with the last two)
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Thank you! You guys are great!
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Its nice to see the result of Retin A. How much Retin A tubes do you use in those 7 months and what is the density of the tube in %?
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Im still on third tube. They were all 20grams, 0.1 % strength
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Did i ask you one question please.... From where did you get the cream and at what price?
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Its all in my update
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You have very good results! I'm excited to see myself looking like that after 7 months of use. I saw that you ordered your retin-a online--do you have any specifics on what kind and % it is?
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Hey! Check out my update
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Word of warning though - some of the sellers (or seller?) on ebay sell the brand I use but their packaging is somewhat poor quality. The last two tubes I bought didnt open properly so I had to pierce a hole with something else and the lids split in half. I also had to cellotape the tube because of s small tear. This has not happened with the first tube I ordered and im not sure what ebay seller I bought it from, but the one I have now is also good, same thing really except packaging more fragile so watch out for that
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Thanks for posting the photos! That's very cool you're able to just get it online sounds a lot easier
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Amazing results - so glad you shared with us, thank you!!
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Thanks! I wish I had kept the better quality pictures from the period when my skin was at its worsed so you could see the difference more clearly. But I didnt think id make a review and I hated looking at those pictures especially as I was still in that stage when I deleted them, so I wanted to just be more positive and not get too caught up in how my skin looked because it would have made me really depressed . So I just kept all the 'good' pictures to make myself feel better
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