Does It Matter What Strength Retin-a to Use Under Eyes for Wrinkles?

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Use of retina-A under the eyes

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The stronger the tretinoin or retin-A, the better the results. That said, some areas like the skin around the eyes, are quite sensitive and easily irritated by retinoids. I always start with the 0.01% strength, and if you tolerate this well, you can slowly (e.g. every 3 months) consider moving up in strength (e.g. to 0.025%, 0.04%, 0.05%, 0.1%). If you find you are becoming irritated by the product, you should ensure to use only a small amount and to moisturize the area well. Otherwise, you can also use a higher strength every other night.

Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

Retin-A for under eyes

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Yes, it matters what strength you use, as well as what brand and whether you use a cream or a gel compound. See a dermatologist for a recommendation and appropriate prescription. Remember that Retin-A can cause severe irritation, especially in the beginning, so using a higher dosage or using it more than prescribed, will not get you better results!

Retin-A strength Guidelines

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Using Retin-A under the eyes takes patience as this tissue is delicate.  The skin in that area will swell and wrinkle more while the skin adjusts.  Using a 0.25% cream is your best bet.  Most patients use a stronger (0.05%/0.1%) cream for their face, so you may use these but just use less.  Unlike some things, more is not always better.  This product is fairly dose dependent, and the more you use in a given area, the more peeling you will see.  You may also consider mixing it with a light moisturizer to reduce its strength.  Take care that the product does not get into the eye itself.

James Carraway, MD
Virginia Beach Plastic Surgeon

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RetinA for under eyes

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It does matter what strength you use.  RetinA comes in 3 strengths for a reason.  You start with the lowest strength and work your way up.  Many patients never get to the highest strength.  Start with the 0.025 % using it every 2 to 3 days.  Be sure to consult with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist regarding your treatment.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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RetinA for Under Eyes

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I would recommend 0.025% Retin-A cream.  Start using it slowly every 2-3 days, at night only.  Then move up to everyother night...and eventually getting into evey night as tolerated.  You can put eye cream or moisturizer on prior to your RetinA for better tolerance.

Hope this helps.


Dr. Grant Stevens        Marina PlasticSurgery Associates          Marina del Rey, CA         The Institute



Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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