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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 ›

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Retin A Blog - Irvine, CA

It's been 1 week so far and I'm planning to track my progress on here. I want to write down what I'm doing and I hope you guys can help me regulate what I do so that I can achieve the same successful results. what I'm using: Cetaphil Facial Wash (gentle) --> Should I switch to... READ MORE

Retin A

I've been using Retin A for 3 month and I can see a difference in my eye lids already. Everyone I know want to try it now. I'm a 55 yr old woman and I just want to look the best I can for my age .im using the high strength 1% which I buy online from a pharmaceutical company. My skin has shed... READ MORE

66 Years of Age Trying Retin A Before Opting for a Mini Lift or Botox and Fillers - Melbourne, AU

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

Read Lots of Good Stuff About Retin A and Decided to Give It a Try.

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

26 Yrs Old with Moderate Cystic Acne - Vancouver, BC

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

Ive Been Using Retin a for 4 Months. Bronx, NY

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

30 Yr Old, Adult Onset Acne on Cheeks and Body - New York, NY

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

Giving Retin-A a Try!

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

Needing Reassurance. Joplin, MO

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

29 Year Old Hormonal Acne Sufferer Using .05% Retin-A - Plainsboro, NJ

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

23 with Acne and Wrinkles. Cornwall, ON

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

Given Isotretinoin on Prescription - United Kingdom, GB

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

35 years old, trying retin a for acne

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

Retin-a Micro--a Must Have! - Athens, GA

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

Good Bye Wrinkles - Duluth, MN

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

Just Started Using Tretinoin Yesterday - Bellevue, WA

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

27 Year Old Treating for Hormonal Cystic Acne - Scottsdale, AZ

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

52 and Have Used Retin-A Rx for 27 Years. New Jersey, NJ

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

50 Years Old Starting Using Retin -A 18 Months Ago

I was tired of my fine lines,adult acne and dull complexion. My Dermatologist suggested I try Retin -A. I use the lowest strength which is .025%. I started using it every other night for the first month. Now I use it every night on my face and neck. I avoid my eye area though. I now get... READ MORE

Retin - A is the Way to Go - New Zealand

Very oily skin - 54 years old - when I was younger I would wake in the morning as if I had baby oil slathered on my face, not so oily as that these days but have always had adult acne which I have controlled with the contraceptive pill. After menopause the acne started again - sore lumps under... READ MORE

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