Retin-A: StoriesWrite a Review
Amazing Stuff - San Francisco, CA
- posted 11 months ago
- updated 10 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $35
- James Romano, MD (San Francisco, CA)
I have fair, sensitive skin, and I have had a...
- 18 Jun 2012
I have fair, sensitive skin, and I have had a great experience with Retin-A, which I wanted to share. This stuff is amazing - I see an immediate and lasting effect on the quality of my skin. I never got redness, irritation, or much flaking (just a touch in the creases on either side of my nose) to the point where it was bothersome. Perhaps it was how I applied it - here is what I did:
*started by using it every 2nd day
*only at night
*waited at least 1/2 hour after washing my face
*started with a very small amount of the low percentage stuff (.05% I think)
*avoided using in the creases of my nose, which is where I got some initial flaking
*didn't use it on the same nights as glycolic acid
*increased the frequency and strength of the cream over several months
From what I understand, Retin A will actually thicken and improve your skin over time, which is amazing. It certainly makes mine look better and helps with my acne (yes, I still have acne in my 30s). I think it is worth trying, and that you need to give it at least 12 weeks before you give up on it. It does take the skin time to adjust. AND you'll need to be dedicated to sunscreen use - Retin A will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. But you should be using sunscreen everyday anyway, and if Retin A does nothing other than enforcing your sunscreen regime, then it is still worth it!
It's been a month since I posted, and my skin has...
- 21 Jul 2012
Oh, just thought of something. About 3 months...
- 21 Jul 2012
My Doctor: James Romano, MD