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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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Been on Retin-A for Years. Kansas City, MO

I originally went to a dermatologist because I was having hormonal-related cystic acne around my jawline. I'm talking about the deep stuff that sticks around for days and days. I asked for the Retin-A ( I acutally use the off-brand Tretinoin, but I will call it Retin-A because it's easier... READ MORE

With Solace, I Fight Along Side You Against the Battle of Cystic Acne with Plenty of Scars - Houston, TX

So far I've been contemplating about the long term effects of Acne and Milia on the face, and so far I can assure you the scarring is beyond the visible spectrum. From the active Milia still residing on my face and the random cystic acne I get every now and then (haven't gotten any so far since... READ MORE

Retin-A Works! (Even the Second Time Around) *with PICS!* - Germantown, TN

Hey guys! So, I have finally decided to write a review on Retin-A-- a product that I have been using (along with other products in a regimen) since 2011. I've had acne since 6th grade, but when I turned 21, it moved from just my forehead to ALL OVER my face. Only thing clear was my nose! I tried... READ MORE

15yo, Mild to Moderate Acne Ft. Tretinoin(Retin A) and Clindamycin - USA

Okay, so I started getting acne around 13yo. It was a pimple here and there, and it really didn't bother me. Well, a few months before my 15th b-day my acne slowly started getting worse, and I started getting redness around my nose. I tried multiple brands within that time and none helped at... READ MORE

Perpetual Confidence Issues Due to Acne - Southern California

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

Trying out Retin-A - Mountain View, CA

After reading several reviews and blog posts raving about Retin-A and how you should start early to prevent wrinkles and aging, I got a tube of Obagi tretinoin 0.05%. I put my first pea-sized amount over my cheeks, chin, and forehead last night. Based on the reviews, I expected some red spots... READ MORE

Retin-a: Initial Breakout 8 Months Long. I Miss my "Before" Skin! - British Columbia, BC

I'm 20 years old and I've had acne since I was 8 (yes, 8!). For a number of years, I kept it mostly under control with topical antibiotics, but last summer, I had a major breakout, the worst I've had since high school. I was put on a short course of antibiotics and then .01% of Retin-a to... READ MORE

My Tretinoin Microsphere Experience - Tennessee

I started using tretinoin microsphere 0.04% on May 29th. I've been using it every night since. It seemed to irritate my skin badly at first and contribute to acne. Now my skin is clear. I didn't take pictures of it because you couldn't see in pictures, but tretinoin also helped tiny pimples on... READ MORE

21 And My Consistent Struggle With Acne - Naperville, IL

I have been struggling with acne since puberty. My first battle with acne ended with pitted scars on my cheeks, temples, and jawline. I have used a plethora of creams, face washes, and oral medications, including Accutane. I started using Retin-A Micro .04% once a day on 2/5/14, along with using... READ MORE

My Retin-A Journey - Walnut Creek, CA

I am 43 years old and starting to notice fine lines around my eyes. I have received my first prescription for Retin A trenitoin cream in 0.025% strength, for a generic cream version. I will document the evolution of my treatment here to pay it forward :) thank you to all who have posted their... READ MORE

Using Retin A Not for Acne - New York, NY

I am 32 years old, I started to see aging signs and wanted to slow down the process ;) Using retin a for 2 months already but so far I do not see any positive results... I have a sensitive skin, but I am being very careful, using moisturizers and waiting 30 min after washing my face before... READ MORE

Retin-A Makes my Skin Happy - UK

I started with Retin-A 3 months ago, my skin was pretty bad back then. At first, it really seemed that I am catching a dead fish - my skin got worse. This phase did not last for long and after that my skin became better after every week. Now I am clear, have only some scars left, but they are... READ MORE

Retin - A Saved my Self Esteem

I live in Australia and hadn't ever bothered with sunscreen as a result I built up years of sun damage and at 44 ended up with awful skin, pigmentation wrinkles, sunscreen and retin- a use over 2 years has helped soften wrinkles and even out skin tone, I use 0.5% It's a long term commitment ,... READ MORE

Retin a (Micro/Atralin) - Phoenix, AZ

I used to have FLAWLESS skin. Acne was so rare in me that i would go to sleep with make up or not wash my face and i would not break out, at the most i would get 1 little zit per year. I don't know what happened that caused me to start breaking out at age 19. If anything had changed is that i... READ MORE

Hoping She Takes Me Back - Houston, TX

So this is my second go at Retin-a micro .04 strength. I started to get minor acne at the tender age of 13. My mother, being just as vain as me , promptly shuttled me off to the dermatologist and got me hooked on retin-a micro. I started to have really dry skin and flakiness and all that jazz... READ MORE

Retin a Journey Diary

I started using retin a on 15th aug 2013.the purpose i use it is to diminish my post acne marks aka post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.i'd try a lot of products but never works on me.i experienced this for almost 10 yrs.after doing some research about retin a i decided to try. i use 0.05% retin... READ MORE

Retin A Micro - Pushing Through - North Vancouver, BC

Some background: I have had problems with acne since highschool and was first prescribed an array of antibiotics (tetracycline, minocycline etc) that yielded no results. I was then put on Diane 35 and switched to Yasmin when that didn't work. Since I was 14 I've been on Yasmin and it was great... READ MORE

Retin-A for New, Red Stretch Marks... - Palm Beach, FL

I got a breast augmentation to correct breast asymmetry. I ended up with severe stretch marks all over my breasts. I did some research and discovered that my fav creme, Retin-A, which I already use on my face, works to improve the appearance of these nasty creatures. I couldn't find many reviews... READ MORE

Just Started Retin A - Chicago, IL

So today is day 3 in my retin A regiment. I had never done it before. I use Retin A 0.1% and I use it all over my face. First day I put two drops all over my face, didnt look like much, so I added some more. It took several ( like three-four) hours for it to dry. Now I know I applied too much.... READ MORE

Retin A, Aczone, and Doxycycline Review - Cary, NC

I've had moderate acne since I hit puberty and parts of my face are very red due to picking and some light scarring. The only thing I've ever done routinely is wash my face, usually once daily with Neutrogena deep cleanse. I went to the dermatologist on March 20th and was placed on this... READ MORE

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