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What’s the “A” in Retin-A stand for? That'd be vitamin A. Retin-A is one of many topical prescription medications that uses tretinoin, an FDA-approved drug derived from vitamin A which stimulates skin cell turnover. Retin-A is often used to combat acne. Prepare to use sunscreen, though. Tretinoin-based drugs can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. LEARN MORE ›

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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

I used retin a cream online to reduce my red spots on face, it work effectively. I start using from march 2 2016 till now it work awesome with no side effect. i use to hear about this cream during online search and then my friend suggest to buy this once. I am truly satisfied with this cream... READ MORE

I am on my 8 th week on tretinoin gel, to be honest definitely you need have patience. I start using Retin-a micro cream while m taking birth control pill ( Levonorgestrel ), that pill having negative side effect on my body. I asked to my doctor she recommend retin- a cream now i'm quit satisfied. READ MORE

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

Just before my 66th birthday I started looking at the options for making my face look more youthful. I considered a mini lift, Ulthereapy, Botox and fillers, then I discovered Retin A on real self and then followed up with some youtube information. I ordered some 0.5 Retin A on line, the cost... READ MORE

Well I am 11 weeks in now and using it every night, the strength I am using is 0.05%. I started off slowly but after about 1 and a half months was using it every night. I am a bit frustrated as I find that I am still getting very dry and flaky and very red skin around my mouth. Everything I... READ MORE

Decided to finally try something from the doctor after all of a sudden developping acne about 2 years ago out of nowhere. I have never had acne in my life and started getting several cystic pimples on my chin/jawline, and lots of small bumps. Tried some things with no success, so I was... READ MORE

Hey guys so I'm new to this but I just wanted to post to see if anyone has went or is going through what I'm going through and can give me some advice. I broke out for the first time ever in 7th grade when I first got my period. Ever since then it hasn't stopped. I've been scarring since 9th... READ MORE

I never had acne as a teen or young adult, but sometime in the last couple years I started breaking out pretty badly. I convinced my dermatologist to prescribe me the generic brand of Retin-A because I want the anti aging benefits as well. So far I'm still breaking out, even worse actually, but... READ MORE

This reviewer is affiliated with RealSelf. The views expressed here are their own and do not reflect the views of RealSelf, Inc.I have decided to try Retin-A to help improve the texture of my skin and combat the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. My first application was last night,... READ MORE

Hi! I am 43, an ex-sun worshiper, and I used to work at a tanning salon...needless to say I have skin issues! Even with all the tanning in my younger years ( I quit at around 32 or 33.) I have always looked younger than my age, but since I turned 40 I'm really starting to notice the sun spots,... READ MORE

I have been dealing with acne since I was 12 years old. The worst it has ever been was in high school when I dealt with mild-moderate cystic acne. I had been prescribed tretinoin many times before but never had success as I couldn't stick with a routine long enough to see results all the way... READ MORE

Hello, I've decided to record my journey with retin-a. At first I was hesitant to try the product due to some horror stories but from what I've seen the good out way the bad so I figured I would give it a shot. So as you all know anyone who used/ jut starting this product goes through the... READ MORE

I had been using for about a month some retin a that I bought from an Indian pharmacy. I explained to my doctor concern about using pharmacy, so asked if she would prescribe me some retin a. I have a lot of scaring from years of acne, I also got the boil spots around my jaw line. I have also... READ MORE

I started getting acne when I was 14yo. At first I would just get it on my chin and forehead and antibiotics cleared it up fast. At age 19 I had severe cystic acne and again antibiotics worked (lymacycline). I had a few breakouts after this but managed to control them. Then when I was 26 I had... READ MORE

After getting the implanon, my skin was at its worst. My doctor failed to mention to me that it was pure estrogen, but my skin did not. I wanted my flawless skin back. First I saw a new doctor and got my implanon removed. Then I saw a dermatologist for the first time ever, and she prescribed me... READ MORE

Started using the Retin -A a couple nights ago... .05... For wrinkles... First nighti woke up and there was no difference. Face may of seemed a lil tighter... 2nd morning I woke up with a bit of peeling on my chin and around my lips... Day 3 of waking up a lil more dry skin than the day before.... READ MORE

I started using tretinoin cream for fine lines and acne yesterday, I can't remember the exact percentage right now but i'll update with that info later. I think it's 0.25. I'm using around my eyes and mouth and I'm determined to stick with it until I see results, so I'm really hoping I do. I had... READ MORE

Ok, so I didn't want to write my review until I had a few weeks to understand how the Retin-A would react with my skin. After switching birth controls with my doctor I started to get severe cystic acne on my face. I was getting one every 2 days! They hurt and scar my face, so I decided to talk... READ MORE

When I was 23 I returned to the Northeast from baking in the sun in Hawaii for three years. I went to see a dermatologist for acne and dark splotches that didn't fade when my dark tan did. He prescribed Retin-A 0.1% (the strongest formulation) and I've been using it nearly every night since then... READ MORE

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How much does Retin-A cost?

The typical cost for Retin-A ranges from $25-$150 with an average cost of $125. Costs will vary by surgeon, geographic region and the complexity of the procedure. Cost estimates are based on 124 patient reviews submitted on RealSelf. Learn more