Retin-A

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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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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

40, Mild & Painful Adult Acne&wrinkles. Belton, TX

I have creases and fine lines on my cheeks, crows feet at eyes, horizontal lines at nose ridge, lines in forehead, and a few threatening lines at lip and a above eyebrow . I also have been getting painful and ugly pimples around chin and jaw line, sometimes at forehead and hairline . Sun... READ MORE

Retin a Nightly Use my Experience So Far

I have commented on other real self members reviews about retin a and decided to do my own. I have been using it regularly for over 1 year. One question I am seeing a lot is "what to buy" and "where to buy". So I started of buying mine from a seller online based in UK and I found the website on... READ MORE

26 Year Old Suffers from Acne. Using Retin A Cream - Maryborough, AU

I have suffered from acne since my teenage years. I have tried everythinf literally over the counter from a chemist to cure acne. Absolutely nothing had worked. I finally had enough and went to my doctor and discussed my acne. The doctor gave me a script for Retin A cream. Costs $30 AUD for a... READ MORE

43 Years Old...some Sun Damage and Occasional Breakouts. - Akron, OH

I've been using Retin-A Micro .1% for 16 weeks now. At first I broke out some and I was dry and peeling. I used Vanicream moisturizer and because I used it religiously I was never terribly red or irritated looking. I used only warm water to wash my face at first because everything seemed too... READ MORE

Retin-a for Acne! - Kansas City, MO

When I started retin-a I was so insecure and had tried everything. This was the last stop before accutane which I really did not want to take. My skin started off very inflamed and painful but started clearing up about 2 months into using the product. My skin tolerated the product well so in the... READ MORE

43 Minimal Signs of Facial Aging - Hanover, PA

Began Applying Retin A 0.050 approximately ten days ago. I am using it every other night. I am experiencing phenomenal results,facial skin is smooth and brighter, firmer,sun damage has minimized and overall no side effects. Very,very minor peeling and I mean minor. I will continue using the... READ MORE

18 Year Old Female - Riten A

I did the 12 month oral version of retrieve cream (oratane) when I was 13. I had perfect skin after a struggle of terrible side affects throughout the 12 months. My skin is slowly getting bad again and I'm trying this because I would never go back to the oral version. Want it gone (including the... READ MORE

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