Just Started Retin A!

Just started using the retin a cream about 3 days...

Just started using the retin a cream about 3 days ago. It is very early to see any improvements, so i'd like to post my weekly pictures and updates here:) Im using the .025% retin a cream for my acne. It was recommended to me by several ladies that I work with(we work at the cosmetic counters in a department store)..i will be posting my weekly pictures just to show the phases that my skin goes through with this so called miracle cream:)

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Just adding pic since it wouldnt work earlier..

just adding pic since it wouldnt work earlier..

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Hey! Can't wait to see your progression! Also, where did you get your tube for $19 online?
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Oh, looking forward to hearing how it goes for you!! I stopped using it right before Summer and am trying to decide if I want to start up again now that Fall is here.

What is your primary reason for using it? Anti-aging or to help with acne?

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acne. just posted a before picture because it wouldnt let me earlier.

Started week 2. Just a little bit of peeling...

Started week 2. Just a little bit of peeling around my nose and mouth, that lasted about a week but it seems like my skin is getting used to it already..i still have dry patches later in the day that you can see through my makeup but its not that noticeable. I think my skin started going through a minor "purging" phase around day 8, as I had some tiny zits come through on my cheeks that had already had whiteheads. Would love to post a beginning of week two picture, but I update this on my phone, and it won't let me. So I have an instagram specifically for me retin-a journey .. Im @retina_for_acne ..i will still be updating here as not everyone has an instagram. Once I get my internet up, ill post an updated picture here.:)

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Day 11, still have more zits than I did the first...

Day 11, still have more zits than I did the first day. Im going this is a purging phase. I do wear makeup in the daytime only because I work at a cosmetic counter, so I have to:/..and because I wouldn't dare go out in public without it!..does anyone else using retin-a for acne, wear makeup as well?will post an update picture soon!

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Hey Nikki! I'm on week three and it took some adjusting...I am also on finacea for my morning topical and tretinoin at night...I tried it every day initially and my face opened up like never before...I stopped totally and after googling around I changed it up...I washed my face and immediately put on moisturizer as a buffer, then waited the hour and right before I turned off the lights I put it on-it's unstable and light breaks it down. I only used it every two nights...so the second try had NO PURGING...just the normal breakout I'm used to. In the third week I stopped Moisturizing beforehand and stepped it up to every other night, but the peeling and painful redness let me know that my skin isn't ready for that frequency...so I'm back to every two nights. Every day after you use it, the peels should come right off after you steam your face in the shower (I look wierd all day, as the patchy old skin is separating from the old) and I love wiping it off that night. You can use another regimen (but sulfur, benzoyl peroxide or salycilic acid on retin-a days) to control the acne...it's not really addressing the acne, just the dead skin the acne thrives on. The finacea took a month but it's starting to work!
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(no sulfur, bp or salycilic acid)
^meant hoping, not going
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Just started week 3 on retin-a cream. my skin did...

Just started week 3 on retin-a cream. my skin did purge a little last week, but the zits are already healing!..still some dryness, but its definitely not as bad as what I thought it was going to be!..skin feels a little oily, if anything. Once my internet decides to work, ill post my weekly pictures here. Until then, you can check them out on my instagram. Im @retina_for_acne ..either way, I believe it is doing what it is supposed to be doing!...will update next week!!

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Glad to hear you think its working! looking forward to hearing if things clear up over the next couple of weeks - hoping so!!

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Skin is breaking out like crazy!..so far, the...

Skin is breaking out like crazy!..so far, the worse,it has ever looked in my life!..can't post a picture here, so feel free to check it out on my instagram @retina_for_acne ..I'm not giving up though!!..will update again soon!..and I forgot to mention that I think my acne is hormonal because I breakout mainly on my cheeks and jawline..

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I used Retin A years ago, & felt didn't do much. I've tried SO many products, hoping each one would be my "miracle product." Unfortunately, none of them worked. I finally got a routine of 3 different lotions that worked best - but I still came at the end of the day with at least 10-12 new pimples. I'm 42, & I was like "this is insane!" FINALLY, I decided try Proactiv. This is that miracle I've been searching for the last 25 years!! Wish I'd have tried it years ago (stupid of me not to). Hope this helps:) Good Luck!

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Hi I have a few questions, are you taking any supplements like Zinc/Vit C/Vit E for skin healing or any collagen products when you're using Retin-A?
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no, im not..although iI probably should..

Soo..just finished week 3 on the cream. Omg my...

Soo..just finished week 3 on the cream. Omg my skin is wayyy better than it was a few days ago when I was purging like crazy!:)..it couldve been from the clinique foundation I was using (stay matte). A girl on instagram told me she used it for a month then she broke out in cystic acne. I used it for a month, and I broke out too!..so I'm not sure if its because of the retin a or the foundation that caused my skin to go crazy, but either way, its wayyyy better now and all I did different was stop using the foundation. Now I'm just using lancome mineral powder. Still using the retin a because im sure that is making a huge difference as well!!..you should see me picture from 3 days ago and compare it to todays!..omfg!!..huge difference. Anyways, we will see if it continues to get better. Feel free, as ive mentioned before(since my internet is not working), to check out my pictures at instagram @retina_for_acne ..there are weeklt pictures there:)

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just thought id do a mid 4th week update to jot down that iI have some whiteheads coming through, im thinking its because my zits that iI have are healing..either way, im being told my skin is clearing up fast:). will update in severa days after week 4 is over:)
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hi. just want to ask you, did you put the cream on your face or just the affected areas?

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iI put the cream on my entire face, avoiding the eye area, corners of my nose and creases of my mouth.

Okay posted some progress pictures.sorry they are...

okay posted some progress pictures.sorry they are out of order!! tomorrow will be one full month! will post more soon!

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Hello. I started using retisol a (canadoan version of retin a, only that retisol has moisturizer and spf 15 in it.). Anyways when I 15 had severe acne that went away until I reached 21. My acne came back and i hated it so Then I started to use maxipeel. Its a liquid exfoliant that has 0.025% treitinoin and 2% hydroquinone. My skin tolerated the ingredients very well. I had flawless skin after only 5 months of using the products. Then i stopped using it because I had no more pimples to treat. Until two years ago my acne was back once again. I ignored it thinking they will go away. But NO. They stayed and were more aggressive than when I was younger. I have been using two many differrnt kinds of products. I used maxipeel again but unfortunately did not work this time. I was depressed and hopeless. I did not want to go to work. Did not want to hang with my friends.. skipped parties. So 8 days ago i started using retisol a and i am seeing improvement already. I use it twice daily as ordered by my doctor. My face is still flaking but i can tolerate it. I have no redness or irritation. My skin is looking bette every day. I love loce this product. I will post a picture of my face once my face is clear of acne (only two are active at presdent and hyperpigmentation is slowly fading). I hope my skin clears up before christmas. :) cheers to everyone. We can do this! :)
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Using my response, to a message, as my...

Using my response, to a message, as my review:)

my skin had like only one zit, until I started alternating between my .025% cream and my .05% cream, for a few days, now I feel like I went through another purging phase or my skin was just irritated..its hard to tell. Tomorrow is the start of week 6 for me..im just going to finish the .025% cream, which I have probably one days use left, then start using the .05% cream every other day, for a week and work up to everyday. Its just strange that my skin would breakout like that again. I had about 8-10 zits..they were small though, not big like my day 17 picture that I have posted here. Ehhh, we will see what happens..:/

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Been using just the .025% until i run out, as...

been using just the .025% until i run out, as opposed to what I did about a week ago, where I alternated the .025% with the .05%, and my skin is getting better already. But who knows with this retin-a!.. I start using the .05% tomorrow and I will be using it every other day for a few weeks, until my skin gets aclimated to it. Posted week 5 and week 6 pictures. I have more scars because of the breakout that occured last week during the alternation of the two creams. However, i'm not sure if I broke out because I did that, or if it was just another purging phase..

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Hi guys. Just wanted to share this to you. Dr. Fulton answering a question about retin-a I am using Retin A® but I do not seem to clear up. When I developed Retin A® in 1969, it was quite an irritating formula. The more the skin peeled the better the acne would respond. However, during this peeling phase all the acne impactions are coming out so there may be an appearance of flare up of the acne condition as all of the impactions are being evacuated. Once all the pores are clear, the acne is under control and not visible . Also, if a patient is considering Retin A®, they should use the Retin A® gel and not the Retin A® cream. The Retin A® cream contains isopropyl myristate, which is an aggravator of the acne condition and sometimes patients will get worse because the formulation of the Retin A® cream. There are also new formulations of the Retin A® on the market, such as Micro Retin A® that are better formulated creams than the previous product. The key is to keep the skin visibly peeling in order to get a rapid clear up. If there is no peeling whatsoever, your particular formulation is not working very effectively on your skin. You should see at least a little peel once a week to know you are at the right therapeutic level. Also, you may need to work with your physician or esthetician during this early phase to help extract out all the acne impactions that are coming to the surface. This will lead to a more rapid resolution of the problem 
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So the more the peeling the better :).
Hi!! Im back! Today is my 4th week on retin a. My face is soooooo much better. My acne is now under control. Theres only two very tiny pimples and one acne vulgaris left. Acne scars are almost gone. My friend saw me today. She said my face is glowing and that my acnes are gone. She didnt notice the two tiny pimples. And also my sister came to visi me tonight . She said my face is becoming beautiful again. I am so glad that I found retin A. I will continie using it (twice a day as prescribe) until next weekend then will cut down to only once a day for maintenance. Retin a is now my new best friend. Thank y. Retin a. I forgot to mention, i went back to my doctor after two weeks of using retisol and asked to change to retin a. I like retin a better than retisol. I love love love it. Got my confidence back. Thanks guys :)
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Ok..my skin started getting better, then started...

Ok..my skin started getting better, then started breaking out again..two cystic ones one on each cheek and many tiny ones along my cheeks and jawline, then my period starts a few days later. This has to be hormonal. Going to get some birth control at a walk in clinic on monday, most likely orth tri cyclen lo. Going to use that and continue my .05_ retin a cream. Two ladies that I work with swear that this birth control helps with their acne. But everyones different. We will see! Has anyone had success with bcp and retin a??

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Please don't take my comments the wrong way. Your acne is getting worse with the Retin-a. It doesn't seem to be helping and may cause more scarring on the face. When I was in college, I had a bad breakout which I decided to treat with Retin-A. I believed all that hype and requested it from my doctor. It caused my breakouts to get really bad and to this day I have indented scars because of it. I think Retin-a causes your skin to exfoliate so fast that the skin cells clogs up your pores and the bacteria just makes it worse. If you have inflammatory acne, you are just using that alone that is not good. Just from my own personal experience, I think if you don't have active acne or you are not acne prone and you want to get rid of wrinkles it might be beneficial. When acne gets red and inflamed like yours, best thing to do is treat it with some kind of antibotics or even accutane. I do not have acne anymore but I am now a mother of two teenagers and I like to keep updated on the products out there. I wanted to share this with you because honestly anything that causes your skin to purger and breakout like that could not be good.
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I appreciate your comment and concern truly, but this is my third time on retin-a. It's never left pitting scars on my face. The only reason my face has gotten worse after it had gotten clear is because I stopped using it completely. When I'm on it, my skin is very smooth and acne free. It just takes about 6 months for it to get to that point. My skin is doing much better. I have no active pimples right now and my skin feels a lot smoother. My main problem now is dark spots which retin-a helps with as well. I love retin-a, and it has been a God-send for me.if you look at my pics from the first and second times I was on it, you can see I had great results, and my face was verrrrry inflamed the first time I went on it. I tried everything before I finally went to the dermatologist. I understand the purge/breakout stage is necessary too get the bad bacteria out of your system. So I know it looks bad, but I stand by retin-a, and have confidence my skin will get back clear.
Yes, I would defiantly agree with ihavmyflaws to use a medication like Doxcycline in conjunction with Retin-A; it will help with the flair up of acne. keep in mind It may take seven weeks before you see results with Retin-A. If you find that your face is over dying mix it with a moisturizer that is lightweight for sensitive skin w/SPF and back off the Retin-A 2-3 times a night... Do not weigh your face up with thick creams, it will only make matters worse. Use a light weight makeup such as bare minerals; matte if acne prone. (it leaves a flawless look) Cetaphil wash morning and night is the best face cleanser out there without the high price. Good luck! Morning: Cetaphil wash lightweight sensitive moisturizer w/spf (SkinCeuticals) Bare Mineral Matte Night: Cetaphil wash Retin-A twice a week (depends on the person) Moisturizer
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