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Retin-A is considered an essential part of almost any skincare routine, according to many RealSelf doctors and dermatologists. A topical treatment rich in vitamin A, Retin-A is often prescribed to treat acne, but it also improves the skin's overall appearance, including minimizing fine wrinkles. It is one of many topical prescription medications that uses tretinoin, an FDA-approved drug that stimulates skin cell turnover. LEARN MORE â€ş

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50yrs Old with Sun Damage and Age Spots

Been using generic Retin-A (Tretinoin cream .05%) since February and I recommend it especially if you're like me trying to avoid plastic surgery and injections. I've never had either so this is a great alternative. I use it every night before bed. At first it made my skin peel and look flaky but... READ MORE

Don't Know if This Does Anything

I'm going to start taking photos daily (or maybe a couple of times a week) to see what happens over the long term. I started on .025% tretinoin for a while and that seemed to go well, although, putting it in the corner makes things worse. Once that tube ran out I started on .1%. I think this... READ MORE

Retin-A/acids in Anti-aging Product Destroyed my Skin

I'm writing this here because I'm honestly not sure where to put it. I used an over the counter retinol cream in November of 2016. Since then, I have been living in a nightmare. Large open pores that form lines across my face, shiny appearance even though skin is dry (probably dehydration),... READ MORE

Retin- A Micro 48 Yr Old Male - New York, NY

I've been using retin-a for years ( tretinoin) I love it. It works wonders- I take breaks from it during the summer just because I'm outside more. I've been using the micro for the last few years it's great. I think it works better than the cream. I had the peeling and redness when I started on... READ MORE

36yr Old Newbie and Lovin Life!

I always had beautiful skin until genetics caught up with me at 27....severe adult acne. To this day just the change that happened to me will forever scar me literally and emotionally. I just so happened to be in Cosmetology school and had an instructor who was certified to do TCA and so I... READ MORE

Prescribed Retin-A and Eye Cream - Saint Petersburg, FL

Retin-A Rx and SkinCeuricals A.G.E. Eye Complex by dermatologist/cosmetic specialist. I've only used this for one day but am excited that the specialist gave me an option that was cheaper and less invasive than injections. Younger women experiencing my issues should start simple & work up. I... READ MORE

Retin A..Tretinoin Newbie Review Day 1...36 Yo

Day side effects. My skin is olive complexion (half Korean :/) blackheads on my nose a few on chin, breakouts occasionally and mostly around menstrual cycle and few slight wrinkles forming under eyes. I had a few blemishes to begin with as well. After reading several articles I'm going... READ MORE

Perpetual Confidence Issues Due to Acne

I started pharmacy school this year, moved near campus and life was in the fast lane since August. My skin started to look terrible and gone were the days when people complimented my skin. I've always had chronically congested pores on my nose and chin, but nothing like the cystic acne I was... READ MORE

My Nightmare - Ontario, OR

I'm not sure how to describe this, but from my experience it made my skin "mushy", waking up in the morning after using Retin-A I started to notice lines on my face - one day my girlfriend accidentally "finger nailed" my forehead and I noticed her finger nail impression wasn't going away, I... READ MORE

Adding Prescription Retin-A to my Beauty Regime - Atlanta, GA

I just turned 50 and, although no one guesses me to be 50 years old, I am starting to see my forehead expression lines go a little deeper, little fine wrinkles by my eyes and fine wrinkles here and there. When I have makeup on, you cannot see them but I am not ready to do botox. I will save... READ MORE

Retin - A Gel .05% . 5 Weeks in Still Looks Like Sh** !

I've been consistently using the Retin - A gel for my acne for 5 weeks now. After battling with frustrating adult acne for 8 years now - decided to give this a try after reading amazing reviews. My face looks like complete shit still. It is still flaky and irritated - but the worst part is it... READ MORE

Retin A Experience - San Antonio, TX

Hi Everyone, My name is Stephanie, I'm 27, and I began using Retin-A (Tretinoin Cream 0.025%) on March 14th. While at my physician's office we discussed my hormonal acne, and while I WAS taking a birth control pill to control the acne, the pill was having negative side effects on my body - so I... READ MORE

25, Male, 1 Year on Retin-a - ThessalonĂ­ki, GR

It's been almost an year (11mths 2days) since I started Retin-A and it changed my life completely. I'm fair skinned and I loved to tan in my teens, I also have psoriasis so even the sun beds were helping me with the problem, but sadly - destroying my face. I always had great skincare regimen, as... READ MORE

Mid 40s African American F - New to Trying Retin A Micro 0.08% Main Concern Hyperpigmentation

Overall I can't say that I have a lot of complaints. For the most part my skin as been ok. I have gotten compliments even from dermatologist that . Most of my concern's have been hormonal breakouts. But the bane of existence has been my uneven skin tone. My forehead and sides of cheeks are,... READ MORE

26yrs Old with Awful Skin

I use to have beautiful skin using retinol products. The last product I was using was strivectin and then they changed their formula which caused my skin to get deep painful acne. I stopped using that and just continued to use my glycolic acid face wash by Mario badescu and using my body lotion... READ MORE

Tretinoin Cream .1% for 4 Months

I had iud birth control for less than 2 months and broke out terribly. I removed the iud and started tretinoin cream .1 every 2 days for about 6 weeks and now use almost every other night... i still am experiencing breakouts during my period, so the acne is not completely gone, but I feel like... READ MORE

Two Years Retin A Use, by Far the Best Commitment for my Skin I've Ever Made. - Great Britain, GB

I live on the coast and never bothered with sunscreen. In fact I loved the sun kissed appearance of mild sun burn. Nothing pleased me more than the feel of the sun on my face. Then people started to think I was older than my elder brother. Worse, I began to not recognise the face in the mirror.... READ MORE

Yikes! - New York

So I started a regimen of onexton and retin a micro on August 16 initially the pimples were drying up until about 14 days in! My forehead is now loaded with big inflamed breakouts!! I hope to godddd this clears up soon..I haven't been too dry I use cetaphil products and moisture twice daily.... READ MORE

Retin A is a Life Saver!

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... READ MORE

Retina-a 0.05 - Kenosha, WI

I did a lot of reading about retin-a! It was basically the only topical cream that could actually make new collagen and help wrinkles. I have used it on & off for yrs. but probably have used it now for about 5 years continually. You get dry and flakey in the beginning but if you can get past... READ MORE

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