Retin-A

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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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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

Retin-A Micro 0.1% Roller Coaster 6 Month Update - Ridgefield, CT

I have been using Differin 0.3% for several years, all through high school and first year of university. It didn't completely eliminate my previously moderate acne, but it kept it at bay and my skin was generally pretty clear with normal, mild breakouts when I was stressed or didn't wash my... READ MORE

Bad for Sensitive Skin

Suddenly starting from the June-12 i am getting lot of acne, it might be due to stress or lot of chocloates or hormonal change but i am not sure. However it is universal truth that it leads to depression. I started with some home remedies but it made my acne more worst. I was frustrated and went... READ MORE

Great for Old Looking Wrinkled Hands - Thailand, TH

At 64 my hands were looking 74+ with thin, wrinkled, old looking hands. The skin would break easy, with a small nick causing bleeding. I used Retinin A cream every night, a small amount. In 4 months my hands definitly looked better, skin thicker, less small wrinkles and less lose skin. If you... READ MORE

No Peel Yet but I Can Feel my Skin Smoother - Jakarta

I'm using retin--a for 10 days now, maybe 5 days with really proper way. My skin isn't peel yet and not irritate too. It's not make my skin dry, maybe because my skin is very oily. My goal from retin-a is : 1. Free from acne, scar and blackhead 2. Get smooth skin To help, i change... READ MORE

Just Started Retin A!

Just started using the retin a cream about 3 days ago. It is very early to see any improvements, so i'd like to post my weekly pictures and updates here:) Im using the .025% retin a cream for my acne. It was recommended to me by several ladies that I work with(we work at the cosmetic counters in... READ MORE

Started Retin A-no Peeling - Malaysia

Retin A by janssen exp date 9. 2013.bought it if off the counter in Malaysia. I started 3 days ago. unfortunately i did take the before pic on Day 1 .i took pics of day 2 and day 3. im not experiencing any peeling. The label stated that almost peeling or irrittation for most skin types except... READ MORE

Week 3 of Retin A - Overall appearance of acne scars are minimizing, still experience peeling and dryness

I am a 20-year-old, female and I have tried about everything in the book to treat my skin for acne and acne scars. I came across Retin A 0.05% when my boyfriends mom told me about this product and I have started using it about two weeks ago. I have read a lot of reviews about this product... READ MORE

4 Months Using Retin-A = Smoother Skin and Smaller Pores

I use retin-a .05% and will say its the best thing in my regime and I will never go without. You will experience peeling and redness for several weeks while your skin adjusts to using it, but believe me it is well worth it. I've been using it for almost 4 months and my skin is already... READ MORE

Did Retin A and Hydroquonine Permenantly Damage my Face??-San Jose, CA

Hi, I began using Retin 0.1% and Hydriquonine 6% on Sep of this year I used it for about 3 weeks only at night (every other night I might add). I did go out in the sun a few times and I don't know if perhaps I was not well protected with sunscreen. I noticed that I had developed new... READ MORE

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