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Retin A

It really is a wonder drug isn't it?

Anyone here use it?

by Anonymousreply 17302/14/2015

How 80s. It peeled the flesh off my 20 year old face.

by Anonymousreply 109/28/2011

I started using it about a month ago, three times a week. However, my skin was peeling a lot, so now I'm down to two times a week. I can't see any difference, but I want to finish off the tube I got, before I make the final judgement.

by Anonymousreply 209/28/2011

You have to give it 6 to 8 weeks r2 before any significant difference.

by Anonymousreply 309/28/2011

I intend to, r3.

by Anonymousreply 409/28/2011

Metro Gel was the one that changed my life; it got rid of the redness, but the craters that I see (granted, others don't) prevent me from feeling confident enough to ask people out.

by Anonymousreply 509/28/2011


Used the weakest version and it burned my face, made it break out, caused patchy flakiness, red spots, brown spots. My face actually hurt My dermatologist told me to keep using it for several months because my skin would "get used to it," and it would peel away my old skin and leave a beautiful, clear complexion behind.

I used it for months but all it did was continue to give me pimples, burns, flakes and an irritated feeling. Finally, friends of mine said, "Stop using that crap. Your face looks terrible."

My skin cleared up as soon as I stopped using it.

I cannot use Vitamin C on my face either.

by Anonymousreply 609/28/2011

R6, did you use sunblock?

The problem is the right way to use it. Apply a small amount at night. If it burns or flakes, use it less often. But Always, always wear sunblock of SPF50 even in the shade.

by Anonymousreply 709/28/2011

How funny...I just got this a few days ago. So far I don't notice much. I also use Duac in the morning, and THAT dries out my skin for sure.

by Anonymousreply 809/28/2011

If you use it in your teens and 20s, you'll have amazing skin when you get older.

If you use it when you're older... not so much.

But yes, it is a drug and it alters your skin. It promotes skin regeneration. It does what every cosmetic pretends to. It's the real deal.

by Anonymousreply 909/28/2011

I love it and have been applying it all over my face for over 25 years. I have had skin cancer and my sisters and parents have too - we are all fair skinned and lived in California in the sun. I am now 62 and even as freckled as I am, I get many compliments on my skin -- on my face. I only wish I could drench my whole skin scarred body in the stuff. Anyone getting a suntan now by lying in the sun is crazy - the ozone layer is less protection now than when my sisters and I were young and skin cancer can only be easier to get. Retin A is wonderful. the fact that insurance companies won't pay for it, even when a person has been treated for skin cancer, is outrageous when you consider viagra is covered by insurance. Ridiculous and very very sexist.

by Anonymousreply 1009/28/2011

R9 is on the money - it's the only stuff I ever put on my face. I don't need anything else. Retin A is terrific and worth more than any cosmetic cream on the market. Nothing will make your skin dewy like retin A.

by Anonymousreply 1109/28/2011

It's way too strong for me (my face would turn bright red when I exercised), so I use Renova. Been using it for about 20 years. Now my other 40ish friends are getting on the bandwagon.

by Anonymousreply 1209/28/2011

I would add that those in their 30s benefit as well r9. It doesn't take care of deep wrinkles but it sure does take care of crow's feet, etc. It does make you look 10 years younger if you give it time.

by Anonymousreply 1309/29/2011

Shit in your hand and smear it on your face ... leave on as long as you can stand it. You'll get better results.

by Anonymousreply 1409/29/2011

About five years someone on here (perhaps someone in this very thread!) advised mixing it with moisturizer maybe once a week and applying. I've been doing that since then and my skin is...well, I'm happy with it.

Thank you, anonymous DL poster!

P.S. I have a gay dermatologist who prescribes it without batting an eyelash, and he knows it's for cosmetic reasons. It's generic now and isn't nearly as expensive as it used to be.

by Anonymousreply 1509/29/2011

Also, the people who are getting irritated are probably using way too much too frequently. You really don't need that much.

by Anonymousreply 1609/29/2011

If you use it on your neck, use only a tiny dab and/or mix it with moisturizer. Use too much there and you'll itch and burn like you wouldn't believe.

by Anonymousreply 1709/29/2011

I've never used Retin-A. Is this the stuff that you're not supposed to use on wet or damp skin? If so, how long should you wait after washing your face to apply?

by Anonymousreply 1809/29/2011

Can you buy it without a prescription from one of the online pharmacies?

by Anonymousreply 1909/29/2011

I use a pea size amount on my face and some of it spreads to my neck, R16. Maybe I need to let it be absorbed and than put some moisturizer on top of it. I have light rosacea, so that may be part of the problem, though Retin A is used to treat rosacea.

by Anonymousreply 2009/29/2011

Yes, you can R19.

by Anonymousreply 2109/29/2011

[quote]Can you buy it without a prescription from one of the online pharmacies?

Yes. I get it from Inhouse Pharmacy.

by Anonymousreply 2209/29/2011

I followed my dermatologist's advice to use Retin A twice weekly, followed by moisturizer, then once weekly followed by moisturizer and it still ruined my skin for about 6 months until I stopped using it.

My neighbor had the same problem I did with retin A (0.010) and retinol. I'm Irish and she is fair skinned blonde Italian.

I switch off skin products now, when I feel my skin has gotten "too used to" the product. I use GloTherapeutics and NeoCutis.

NeoCutis is very good for sensitive skin. I go online and look until I find the lowest price with free shipping. The undereye creme is very good and lasts a long time, even though it's only a half an ounce. The sunscreen is very nice and light -- not sticky like a lot of sunscreens.

I like the GloTherapeutics Peptide + Defense lotion and buy it from It's always at least 15% off and you can use coupons to bring the cost down even lower. I've gotten it for half price sometimes (it's one of their most expensive products). I also like their conditioning restorative creme with shea butter at bedtime in winter, when my skin dries out with indoor heating (it's a lot less money than their peptide lotion).

I use MUAC's 30% glycolic acid peel. I tried to graduate to the 40%, but it was too strong even at 1 minute. So I stick with the 30%. I buy MUAC's biopeptide serum when I get a 25% or 30% coupon and use it after the peel.

I get Botox on my forehead, in the glabella area and in my "bunny lines." I am a squinter.. always have been. It's familial. Look at photos of my dad, my grandma, my cousins... they're all squinting. It's not our vision, it's the sun. We can't take it. Also, I read a lot as a kid. Always had my nose in a book. My dr says I have the worst bunny lines she's ever seen. The botox lasts about 5 months. Oh, and it's a fallacy that Botox prevents more wrinkles or makes your wrinkles less noticeable even after its worn off. I've been using it since 1999. My wrinkles are still there when it wears off and have gradually gotten worse.

If my dr is running a really great special on Restylane or Radiesse, I get some put in my glabellar lines when I get botox and it lasts about 9 months. I once had Radiesse put in my nasolabial lines and it looked good but was way too expensive.

by Anonymousreply 2309/29/2011


by Anonymousreply 2409/29/2011

You're not supposed to, r19 but yes you can.

by Anonymousreply 2509/29/2011

Retin A works better on people with darker skin or people who do not have sensitive skin.

Fairer skinned people have hit and miss experiences with the product.

by Anonymousreply 2609/29/2011

I buy my retina at alldaychemist. It is shipped from India, and formulated with an olive oil base, so it doesn't dry you out like the American alcohol based version. It is also less than $5! I, like r23, had fillers in my nasolabial area and deep under eye bags. People commented on how 'refreshed' I looked, but I thought that my face looked fat. I buy muac's tca peel, and Botox as well.

by Anonymousreply 2709/29/2011

R27, can you link us to the exact product you buy? I'm reluctant to order it from India. Anyone else use R27's site?

by Anonymousreply 2809/29/2011

Thanks R26 I will avoid it then. I used it as a teenager on acne but it worked well for that.

by Anonymousreply 2909/29/2011

A couple of questions for everyone who uses Retin A:

Do you still need a prescription?

What sunscreen do you use?

Will it help get rid of freckles?


by Anonymousreply 3009/30/2011

For freckles you want Rx-strength hydroquinone cream.

by Anonymousreply 3109/30/2011

Thanks R31. I'll look into that.

by Anonymousreply 3209/30/2011

Will it get rid of craters?

I had zits in my teens and twenties, and though they went away, the holes in my skin remain.

I'm a fair-skinned blonde/redhead, but my skin isn't any more sensitive than other people's, I don't think.

by Anonymousreply 3309/30/2011

It will not get rid of craters. A friend had a series of chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and the combo really helped her craters.

by Anonymousreply 3409/30/2011

It sounds like an acid solution.

by Anonymousreply 3510/03/2011

If I were to order from a pharmacy in India (which I wouldn't do -- but that's just me), I would buy one of those gift credit cards (Visa, AmEx) they sell in drugstores and supermarkets from the gift card rack and I would use that rather than my credit card.

And I would get myself an email address that I would use exclusively for that purpose and nothing else because they will sell your email address to a bazillion spammers worldwide and you will get a hundred emails a day for Viagra and Cialis.

by Anonymousreply 3610/03/2011

R2 here. It's been six weeks since I started using Retin A .025 on my face. I am noticing more even skin tone; it's like my skin looks "brighter."

Retin A is irritating my rosacea, though, so I'm using it only twice a week. On other days I use olive oil mask once a day to control the flaking.

by Anonymousreply 3710/12/2011

I am starting with aon OTC retinol.

by Anonymousreply 3810/12/2011

[quote]On other days I use olive oil mask once a day to control the flaking.

Just plain olive oil or a cosmetic product?

by Anonymousreply 3910/12/2011

I, too, once tried the weakest solution of it and very, very sparingly and it burned the shit out of my face. I'm olive complected and tan very easily.

I wash my face with Buff Puffs, the little squares not the huge sponges. And a couple of times a week cleanse with witch hazel pads. I don't wash my face every day.

And, I know it's a cliche here, but I'm routinely mistaken for being much younger than I actually am despite the fact that I chainsmoke, drink heavily, have done a lot of drugs, don't exercise, tend to eat poorly and never get enough sleep. My parents both seriously looked at least a decade to fifteen years younger than their real ages until they hit their sixties.

by Anonymousreply 4010/12/2011

Plain olive oil, R39. Mine comes from a relative's olive grove. Homemade.

by Anonymousreply 4110/12/2011

Which one, R38? I've been using Neutrogena Retinol Ageless Intensives night cream. I know it's not nearly the strength of Retin A, but it's all I can afford at the moment.

by Anonymousreply 4210/12/2011

I think the neutrogena retinols are good products.

by Anonymousreply 4310/12/2011


by Anonymousreply 4410/18/2011

Does oil pulling help the skin?

by Anonymousreply 4510/18/2011

R2 here again. My skin tone is definitely more even. It looks lighter. I am curious what it will look like in a couple of months. I get fairly pale in the winter.

The drying side effect is not as bad anymore, but I still use olive oil mask the morning after using Retin A.

Aside from Neostrata Neoceuticals skin lightening cream this is the most effective skin product I've used.

by Anonymousreply 4610/22/2011

When you apply it avoid the areas where your roscea is the worst R37.

I didn't start using it till I was about 40 and honestly I have no idea if it's doing anything for my face. Even when I used it faithfully I never noticed any difference. What am I supposed to see in terms of change?

by Anonymousreply 4710/22/2011

Why not try Tazorac, it's a retinal topical but milder than Retin A.

As for people with rosacea, try Finacea. It's also amazing on pimples. When I get the occasional pimple, Finecea seems to literally work overnight.

I have a wonderful derma who always gives me ton of samples, because she knows so many topical meds aren't covered by my insurance.

She's given me boxes of sample size tubes of Finacea, Renova, Tazorac and Retin A.

Tazorac and Finacea are covered by my insurance, Retin A and Renova aren't, go figure.

by Anonymousreply 4810/22/2011

[quote]When you apply it avoid the areas where your roscea is the worst [R37].

I learned that the hard way! There are one or two spots that I avoid now.

[quote]What am I supposed to see in terms of change?

Maybe your skin is good to begin with. I was always a freckled kid and when the summer comes around I still get little brown spots on my nose and cheeks. Except they do not look cute anymore. I use sunscreen like crazy, but it doesn't help. With Retin A the brown spots are much lighter, almost unnoticeable, thus the more even skin tone. Also, I used to have the occasional blackhead and whitehead. Well, no more. I think the pores on my face might be tighter. Absolutely nothing on my face to squeeze out, so to speak.

by Anonymousreply 4910/22/2011

[quote]As for people with rosacea, try Finacea.

I have very mild rosacea. Just some redness that goes away within two days with a 5% sulfur cream.

by Anonymousreply 5010/22/2011

"I have very mild rosacea. Just some redness that goes away within two days with a 5% sulfur cream."

Doesn't sulfur cream smell like rotten eggs?!

I remember using some acne cleanser back in the late 70s, which I really didn't need, as I just had the occasional pimple. This cleanser was called Fostex, it had sulfur, the smell was repulsive.

I couldn't get the horrible sulfur smell off my face and hands. I ended up washing my face with whatever expensive perfumey facial cleanser my mom used at the time just to try to get the smell off.

Fostex scent was lethal, it was if you couldn't get the sulfur smell off for days! It even stunk up my pillowcases.

by Anonymousreply 5111/07/2011


I learned the hard way. You have to wait at least 20 minutes after you dry your face off. Not sure why, but it will cause a lot of redness, dryness and burn like a mother fucker if you don't wait. I figured 5 minutes was fine. WRONG.

PS: R51, yes! That shit was awful!

by Anonymousreply 5211/18/2011

Has anyone tried Green Cream? It gets good reviews on MUA. I'm thinking about getting it.

by Anonymousreply 5312/05/2011

I started using it a year ago and have noticed a difference. Hadn't seen a friend in a year and he asked me if I had work done as I looked much younger.

by Anonymousreply 5401/08/2013

So many deluded queens that think any of this shit will help.

by Anonymousreply 5501/09/2013

I'm addicted to it and use it everyday!

by Anonymousreply 5601/09/2013

It does help if you start when you are 15.

by Anonymousreply 5701/09/2013

All these eldger gays also think they look 25 years old as well.

by Anonymousreply 5801/09/2013

R55 I am not delusional. I'm in my early 40's and after using this for a's OBVIOUS in photos that I look better and younger. Many people who haven't seen me have commented and do not know what I am using. Do i look 28? No, but it has taken about 5 years off my age.

by Anonymousreply 5901/12/2013

I'm 39 and for the last six months have been breaking out in the SAME DAMN area with a cluster of freaking zits.

I know Retin A will clear that up, but what about using as an overall "brightener"? My face seems dull. I use a Clarisonic currently, I exfoliate with St. Ive's and an old washcloth, I sometimes use Regenerist.

Is Retin A better than all of them?

by Anonymousreply 6012/29/2013

R37 Metro Gel for rosecea. Great! Mine is almost gone!

Tried RetinA and it burned my face red Never again

by Anonymousreply 6112/29/2013

I started using it about 3 months ago. I'm 24 & I had (still have) mercurial skin at best when I was younger. In the summer it gets very greasy very quickly, during the winter it gets dry enough to actually flake & peel. Not many vicious breakouts but lots of scarring. I definitely recommend it, my skin looks dewy & supple, I have even skin tone. Last month I went to London & the customs officer asked who I was travelling with because she assumed I was under 18.

Downsides are my face looks RED and I mean hellish red if I use it a tad too much or fall asleep without putting on moisturiser & I have to moisturise about 3 times during the day since it's winter.

by Anonymousreply 6212/29/2013

I've said this before. After my sister was pregnant and got brown spots her Dr. gave her samples of Retin-A. She gave me one and it burned the hell out of my face. A few years later I was on a cruise in my 20's and the saleslady at the cosmetics counter had beautiful skin. She said her secret was prescription Retin-A but the secret was to always mix it with moisturizer. I always remembered this and when I got in my mid-40's I got a prescription and now I use it every night with moisturizer. Love it, and my face has never got red like before. Do your research. Prescription Retin-A is the only thing medically proven to have an effect. There is Retin-A sold over the counter and it is not the same thing.

by Anonymousreply 6312/29/2013

I've used it since I was 23 or so. 31 now. I've used the cheap 1% stuff and I mix a pea sized dot of it with 20,000 IU CVS brand face cream. It used to give me red flaky skin above my upper lip (probably combined with the irritation of shaving) until I switched to that CVS cream. In the morning I use a broad spectrum 30SPF daily moisturizer.

I can honestly say I do not see a difference but I mean as in my skin aging. People who haven't seen me in awhile tell me my skin basically stopped aging at 25. I have no visible crows feet or laugh lines and minimal forehead wrinkling. My best friend is a plastic surgeon and I ask a couple times a year about botox/restalyn and he tells me when I need it, he'll tell me.

Whether it works or not, for $30 a year for the Retin-A and $5 per quarter for a jar of the CVS stuff, its a cheap way to make me feel like I'm maintaining myself.

by Anonymousreply 6412/29/2013

You know those packets of immune C 1000 MG of vitamin C? Just mix that with a little water with a crushed up asprin and make a mask for your face. twice a week and you will have bright clear skin.

by Anonymousreply 6512/29/2013

Does Retin A cream have an expiration date? Can I use a three year old batch?

by Anonymousreply 6612/29/2013

R66, it does expire, and you shouldn't use the old stuff. You can get it from all day chemist online for $3 a tube fresh. R65, you are better off buying a good c serum and using it everyday.

by Anonymousreply 6712/29/2013

Fabulous. I'm hardcore. I use the liquid.

Grew up in the subtropics so I occasionally have a sunspot, but for those I have found one equally fabulous solution: Radium Weed (Euphorbia peplus), which luckily, grows as a weed in my own garden. You only need the smallest drop of the sap on the kerotoses. Don't ever put more than a small drop on! Unlike medical creams it seems to spread out by itself and seek the pre-skin cancer and burn it. You can buy the plant on eBay from sellers.

by Anonymousreply 6812/29/2013

Is the generic "retino-a" the same as the the prescription strength?

by Anonymousreply 6912/29/2013

You need to check the label. Both generic and name-brand tretinoin come in different strengths.

by Anonymousreply 7012/29/2013

I used it when it was prescribed to me as a teenager. So for about 10 years I used it, stopping probably around the age of 23.

And now, 20 years later, I truly look far younger than I am. Quite the baby face. I even get carded occasionally.

Not sure how it works when you're older, but as one who used it during puberty, I'm highly appreciative.

by Anonymousreply 7112/29/2013

In the morning if my face is a little puffy I'll put on an ice pack while doing stomach crunches. I can do 1000 now. After I remove the ice pack I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower I use a water activated gel cleanser, then a honey almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub. Then I apply an herb-mint facial mask which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an after shave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion.

by Anonymousreply 7212/29/2013

Dude, if you can do 1000 crunches, you are not doing them correctly. Either your form isn't correct (which I suspect) or you should add some weights or an incline.

by Anonymousreply 7312/29/2013

what works for under eye dark circles?

by Anonymousreply 7412/29/2013

Was Patrick Bateman an attorney? I thought he was in finance...

by Anonymousreply 7512/29/2013

I bought some in Mexico. I've been using it for 6 weeks now. Every third night. It has dried my skin out but in my case that's a good thing. I have very oily skin. It has helped with that and made my pours seem smaller. I was on accutuane years ago, which really helped my skin. Hopefully this will do the same.

by Anonymousreply 7612/29/2013

I have used it since the mid-1980's. Every night. The redness and scaling are transient. It has made me look at least 10 years younger. For the first 10 or so years that I used it, it seemed that I did not age. This is not my opinion but of friends and acquaintances. I am now 60 and have minimal wrinkles. While I obviously cannot pass for a 30-year-old, I can for someone in his late 40's or early 50's. Vanity-wise, one of the best things I've done.

by Anonymousreply 7712/29/2013

Hey I tried that shit in my hands and rub it on my face trick and it did not work...infact people said smelled funny and it burned my skin and I got bad acne from it...

you sir are a liar.

by Anonymousreply 7812/29/2013

Are there any all-natural anti-aging creams? I mean something totally plant derived. Maybe ginger? I don't want to put any synthetic harsh chemicals on my face.

by Anonymousreply 7912/29/2013

r79, look into Toxicodendron Radicans. It's 100% all-natural and plant derived. I, too, hate the idea of putting synthetic chemicals on my face.

by Anonymousreply 8012/29/2013


by Anonymousreply 8112/29/2013

r80? poison ivy, is this supposed to be some sick joke. you are one sick fuck

by Anonymousreply 8212/29/2013

so I just ordered some 025. Do you use it every day? Thanks

by Anonymousreply 8312/30/2013

R83, did you buy the all day chemist stuff, or US product? The Indian product (from all day) is formulated with olive oil, so it's much more gentle on your skin. Try every other night at first, and scale back if you need to.

by Anonymousreply 8412/30/2013

R73 ?

Fuck you.

by Anonymousreply 8512/30/2013

I did, thanks for the info R84

by Anonymousreply 8612/31/2013

New Year, new face!

by Anonymousreply 8701/01/2014

R64, what kind of CVS cream is that? Vitamin E?

by Anonymousreply 8801/01/2014

so it seems that if it is used correctly, it can be just as effective as chem peels...

by Anonymousreply 8901/03/2014

Where does one order Retin A without a Rx?

by Anonymousreply 9001/03/2014

All day chemist

by Anonymousreply 9101/04/2014

R91 is it the real stuff? Seriously.

by Anonymousreply 9201/04/2014

just got 3 tubes from All Day Chemist. Took 2 weeks for delivery. So far no problems

by Anonymousreply 9301/19/2014

The Indian version is definitely easier on the skin, no flaking or redness

by Anonymousreply 9401/22/2014

I looked at that website - do people use the gel or cream? And what about the % strength?

by Anonymousreply 9501/22/2014

I love R80.

by Anonymousreply 9601/22/2014

cream .025

by Anonymousreply 9701/22/2014

Is this a good OTC one?

by Anonymousreply 9801/22/2014

R98: Skinceuticals is a good brand but $60 seems a bit pricey to me.

Johnson & Johnson holds the patent for Retin-A; they also own and market Neutrogena products. If you are looking for an OTC retinol product, start with Neutrogena.

by Anonymousreply 9901/22/2014

Thanks for the advice, R99

by Anonymousreply 10001/22/2014

Get the over-the counter stuff that is marked SA - this is a stabilized forms of Retin-A that releases slowly into your skin, making it less cuastic than it used to me. I use it ever night and hope it pays off.

by Anonymousreply 10101/22/2014

I have been using it for 10 days now and am starting to see results!

by Anonymousreply 10201/31/2014

Did nothing for my acne, just made my skin very irritated. Adapalene does nothing either, but withess irritation.

by Anonymousreply 10301/31/2014

Wouldn't ever recommend any use of strong chemicals on face's delicate skin. Instead, sunscreen 365 days/year, plus a Clarisonic with super sensitive cleanser, everyday, followed with great moisturizer, immediately. (If you can tolerate, ingest 1 tsp. of lite olive oil, daily, to fortify skin's delicate epidermus.) If you're asking now that the damage is done, too late: your skin's already toast(ed).

by Anonymousreply 10401/31/2014

How long does it take to see real results?

by Anonymousreply 10502/23/2014

Have any of you tried a quick hydrochloric acid spritz? It really helps with exfoliation.

by Anonymousreply 10602/23/2014

I just started using it (bought it OTC in Mexico.) I only use it at night, and it does seem to make my skin tighter, but there's a weird side effect: the skin on my nose is bleeding. Lots of little, pin-point holes (sort of like when you cut yourself shaving.) Mostly they scab over and heal right away, but some require a bandage. I've stopped putting it on my nose-- but is this a normal reaction?

by Anonymousreply 10703/24/2014

what is the higher strength, 025, 05 or 01?

by Anonymousreply 10803/29/2014

^ 0.1 is the strongest.

by Anonymousreply 10903/29/2014

thanks, r109 time to really start shredding!

by Anonymousreply 11003/30/2014

Guys, I have been using retin a for over a month. I know that you should wait at least 3 months for results, but I haven't notice any flaking or redness at all. Does this mean that retin a isn't working? I heard flaking is actually desirable because it shows the skin is renewing.

by Anonymousreply 11104/06/2014

That's why I am getting the 01 version. The 025 tingles a little, but I don't think it is strong enough

by Anonymousreply 11204/07/2014

Has anyone had any experience hemosiderin staining/brushing? I had some eye surgery a couple of months ago and the discoloration will not go away.

by Anonymousreply 11304/08/2014

My favorite is the Alpha Hydrox brand retinol cream. It's cheap.

I've used different strengths of rx retinols and somehow this one is superior. Apparently a lot of people agree with me because its user rating is through the roof.

It does the job without my face constantly peeling, but the results are undeniable.

by Anonymousreply 11404/08/2014

thanks for the tip, r114

by Anonymousreply 11504/10/2014

Just some advice for some of you using Retin a. Apparently,it is great if you use it along with vitamin C and vitamin E. It was recommended by my dermatologist that I use skinceuticals CE Ferulic, but I managed to find a version that is much cheaper and basically the same exact thing. It is called ActivFerulox-CE by Activ Medics. It is about 1/3 the price of the Skinceuticals CE. I think it is really good for my skin. Just make sure you use it in the morning, and put it on BEFORE you use your sunscreen. It smells like bad bacon which is why you put it on before you put on the sunscreen.

by Anonymousreply 11604/13/2014

I'd never heard of retin a till this thread. Now I've been using it for 3 months and I look FABULOUS, bitches!

My once dinner plate sized pores are invisible, skin is literally as soft as a baby's skin, it's uncanny. I didn't have any wrinkles or fine lines yet, but I doubt I ever will now!


by Anonymousreply 11704/14/2014

thanks R116 just placed an order for it.

by Anonymousreply 11804/14/2014

I've been told that Retin A is the only product that really does deliver results. I've used the strongest 0.1 for almost five years. Yes, it really does produce results. I'm 51 this year and just had a friend tell me I look that same as I did fifteen years ago. Probably exaggerating for my benefit but it made my day just the same.

For first timers I'd start with the lower strength and work up to the highest. Wash your face at night and let it dry for ten mins or so and then apply the Retin A. It needs to be put on dry skin. No eyelids!! That skin is too delicate. Some people then apply a moisturizer over the Retin A.

by Anonymousreply 11904/14/2014

Why don't they have generic .1? The generic Retino-A only comes in .05.

by Anonymousreply 12004/14/2014

I remember one of the derm-related posters here said it's best to do it every 2 days. Is that still the case?

by Anonymousreply 12104/14/2014

I have been using .025, but I just got .05. Since me skin peels a lot even with .025 I would like to mix .05 with a natural cream to make it less potent. Anyone ever tried doing this?

by Anonymousreply 12204/14/2014

[quote]I remember one of the derm-related posters here said it's best to do it every 2 days.

I apply Retin-A every two days. My skin does tend to peel, so I like to give it a break in between Retin-A treatments.

by Anonymousreply 12304/14/2014

Is the generic one from alldaychemist as good as the name? Or is that a waste of time?

by Anonymousreply 12404/14/2014

I use the Retino-A (generic) from Inhouse Pharmacy and have never experienced peeling. Does that mean it's not effective? Where is the best place to get it?

by Anonymousreply 12504/14/2014

R125 Make sure you're letting your face completely dry before applying this (ten mins). You should have some exfoliation. That's the point of why it works. A pea sized amount should do your entire face. You don't need to use a lot. I get my prescribed from the dermatologist.

by Anonymousreply 12604/14/2014

R121 Some people can only use it a couple times a week. It really depends on how sensitive you are to it. I use it every night and I'm fine but have been using it for five years. Make sure you use a sunscreen during the daytime and outside. Retin A makes you more apt to burn.

by Anonymousreply 12704/14/2014

Does everyone have an Rx for it? If not, where do you get it?

by Anonymousreply 12804/14/2014

All day chemist, R128.

And yes, the generic is just as good.

by Anonymousreply 12904/14/2014

R129 which generic one do you get?

by Anonymousreply 13004/14/2014

I get the .25 I may go higher in a few months, not sure yet. Oh, I forgot to mention that all dark spots gave faded since using the retin a as well.

by Anonymousreply 13104/14/2014

[quote]I get the .25

You must mean .025 not .25.

by Anonymousreply 13204/14/2014

I would purchase several different strengths if you are ordering from ADC. You are paying so much for shipping anyway. I usually order a one year supply at a time. It is usually good for a couple of years (check the expiration dates). Definitely start out at .025.

by Anonymousreply 13304/14/2014

Not sure if this was posted earlier, but make sure that you use good sunscreen when using retin-A. I went on vacation recently, and came back with dark freckles and peeling all over my face. It makes you so much more sensitive to the sun.

by Anonymousreply 13404/14/2014

I've been using Tretenoin for 4 years. If you keep your skin sun protected and drink plenty of water, a topical retinoid is proven, in the peer-reviewed clinical research data, to increase collagen production and to minimize pores and wrinkles.

All OTC anti-aging products are selling fantasy. If they actually altered the skin in any significant way, they would be considered drugs, as opposed to the cosmetics they are.

Cosmetic anti aging creams and serums offer superficial moisture, smoothing and perhaps a mild tautening of the skin. All these effects stop immediately the product is washed off. Any retinol derivative in OTC cosmetic products ( like retinaldehyde) are not worth the money. The product is not strong enough to have any lasting impact.

Go for topical Retin-A, do not use any additional exfoliating products ( no scrubs, glycolic peels or microdermabrasion). Use mild cleanser like Cetaphil and mix the Retin-A with a little Vaseline if it turns you red. Use minimum factor 30 SPF every day, including overcast days.

These steps are cost effective and they are proven to work. Do not buy "hope in a jar" cosmetic products.

by Anonymousreply 13504/14/2014

if using Retin a / renova etc YOU MUST USE SUNSCREEN. no joke.

I've been using tretoina & now Generic Renova for 3 years with great results BUT watch the sun.

I buy lots every time I go to Cancun on vacation at the airport farmacia for $6.00 a tube.)

by Anonymousreply 13604/14/2014

how many tubes is considered a years supply from ADC?


by Anonymousreply 13704/14/2014

If you are using a pea sized amount daily R137 ( and you should start pea sized to gauge for redness and peeling, if your skin is sensitivr stay pea sized plus vaseline. You can use a little more once you build up tolerance) then 30g will last you two months. Longer obviously if you apply every other day.

by Anonymousreply 13804/14/2014

R125, I was told my by dermatologist that peeling and redness is not necessary.

by Anonymousreply 13904/14/2014

what is the difference between the cream and the gel?

by Anonymousreply 14004/20/2014

R140 one is in a cream base, the other a gel.

by Anonymousreply 14104/20/2014

Thanks, r141. the .01 does not seem to be available in the cream

by Anonymousreply 14204/20/2014

Not at all worth it. Have Botox instead. Trust meaty om ziss umw/////

by Anonymousreply 14304/20/2014

R142, if you want the .01% in a cream, get Stieva-A Forte at

by Anonymousreply 14404/20/2014

I have been using Tretinoin (generic for Retin A) cream 0.0.5 percent for the past two years. I continue to use it each night as instructed. Not sure how effective it is, but I figure that I'll keep using it since things could be worse without it--and Retin A is supposedly the best there is). It only costs $10 a co-payment since it's covered under my insurance.

But since I'm not sure of it's effectiveness, I just asked my dermatologist to increase the prescription, which he did to 0.1 percent.

by Anonymousreply 14504/20/2014

I think it does work, I am at the point where I want to increase the strength

by Anonymousreply 14604/20/2014


by Anonymousreply 14704/21/2014

I just got a prescription. They tried to get my on adapalene, but I called back and insisted on a tretinoin Rx. Very excited to start using it.

by Anonymousreply 14809/16/2014

I used Retin-A for years and then my insurance stopped paying for it.

My doctor switched me to Differin, which is basically the same thing, and insurance pays for that. Differin (adapalene) is actually gentler to my skin.

Insurance only allows it for acne, not for wrinkle prevention, but you don't have to tell them it's really for that.

by Anonymousreply 14909/16/2014

My dermatologist says it actually takes years of use to be fully effective--it changes the alignment of skin cells back to more youthful configurations.

by Anonymousreply 15009/16/2014

Would any of the skin care experts or any derms who post elaborate on how it's best to apply?

Right after cleansing? And what about applying any other products in conjunction like a serum or a moisturizer? Will applying a serum first hinder the absorption, or is it better to apply the retin-a and then a serum?

by Anonymousreply 15110/06/2014


by Anonymousreply 15210/08/2014

The appropriate application completely depends on your skin. I had terrible redness and flaking issues when I applied it directly to my skin, even though I followed the dry skin instructions and used the lowest dose. So my dermatologist told me to first put a layer of B5 gel on my face (I like the Skinceuticals version), then put the Retin A on. No more redness!

Wrinkles aren't really an issue for me due to oily skin, but I no longer have occasional annoying breakouts!

by Anonymousreply 15310/08/2014

R151, just make sure your face is clean and completely dry before you apply. That means wait 15, 20 minutes after washing to ensure any moisture on your face left from washing has gone. You are more likely to peel if you apply it to a damp face.

Do not bother with serums or anything fancy while you are using Retin A. It is an unnecessary waste of money. Retin A is a powerful agent. Keep your routine very, very simple as has been posted several times in this thread.

A gentle cleanser like Cetaphil is ideal, or a cold cream if you have dry skin or start to peel during treatment. Then your Retin A. If you need additional moisture, try a simple, rich moisturiser like Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream or Avene's Cetaphil after your Retin A application has sunk in.

by Anonymousreply 15410/08/2014

great advice, thanks! I have been religiously using it every night for 4 months now

by Anonymousreply 15510/08/2014

As far as serums, I wasn't talking anything fancy. Just a simple vitamin c or hyaluronic acid to increase collagen production.

by Anonymousreply 15610/08/2014

Does retin a actually make your skin thinner over time? Isn't that counterproductive?

by Anonymousreply 15712/29/2014

so for the sensitive, light-skinned out there, what should they use if retin a is too strong for them?

by Anonymousreply 15812/29/2014

No, R157, Retin A as with the other retinoids is clinically proven to increase collagen and the fibres in the dermis - which means 'thicker' or rather, plumper, more elastic skin.

What does weaken skin is inflammation - which is why you must not overdo things. If you are red and peeling, reduce your applications of Retin A.

And the other danger is one which has been posted several times on this thread - you MUST protect the skin from exposure to sunlight when using retinoids. If you don't, you will experience burning and , yes, wrinkle formation. Very counter-productive.

If you apply the right amount of Retin A for you, to a clean dry face and use a simple moisturiser, and SPF every single day, and avoid direct sun and any exfoliants, you'll be fine.

by Anonymousreply 15912/29/2014

It's a long term process

by Anonymousreply 16012/29/2014

Is the gel the same/as good as the cream? I noticed that one of the online pharmacies has the generic .1% gel.

by Anonymousreply 16101/28/2015

I was wondering the same thing

by Anonymousreply 16201/28/2015

Get the cream. The gel burns for some reason

by Anonymousreply 16301/28/2015

Other experiences with the gel?

by Anonymousreply 16401/28/2015

FYI: I think I read that studies showed there was really no difference between the .05% and .1% in cream, while the gel type simply absorbed better.

by Anonymousreply 16501/28/2015

My dermo prescribed me the cream. He said the gel causes more issues for many people than the cream does. He can't use Retin A himself because his skin can't tolerate it.

It seems like a lot of people give up once they start peeling and getting red. If you can persevere through that, it is a bit of a wonder drug.

As others have said... apply only to dry skin. If it's damp, it will cause redness and peeling (moreso than usual).

Work up to using it every night. Try several times a week for a month, then every 2 nights for a couple of weeks and finally every night. Dropping back to every 2nd night if nightly is too much.

Sunscreen during the day. Every day. 30SPF minimum.

If you're using Vitamin C serums, only use them during the day, but it may be too much for your skin type. Don't combine it with Retin A at the same time.

I use the .05 cream and apply it, and follow up with a moisturizer about 30 minutes later. it seems to help minimize peeling.

No one mistakes me for being 30 anymore, but most people seem a little surprised when I tell them my actual age.

by Anonymousreply 16601/28/2015

R 165, I read the same about there really being no difference in .05 and .1%.

by Anonymousreply 16701/28/2015

The gel causes more "problems" because it is absorbed better into the skin.

by Anonymousreply 16801/28/2015

FWIW, My Dr recommends the gel for oily skin, and the cream for dry skin.

BTW, it works great on the backs of your hands as well. No sense looking great and having hands like the crypt keeper! ;-)

by Anonymousreply 16901/28/2015

ADC is kind of a ripoff if one is only ordering one item.

by Anonymousreply 17001/30/2015

Has anyone purchased/used the .1% gel by Akums drugs from All Day Chemist? I received mine, and it seems to be a greenish color. Is that normal? I also noticed it has preservatives included.

by Anonymousreply 17102/14/2015

My dermatologist says the retin-a micro gel has a more advanced delivery system than the cream and therefore will cause fewer problems. It's covered by insurance in my case.

by Anonymousreply 17202/14/2015

If you chose to treat your hands with it you must remember to use SPF on the hands and you'll need to carry a small tube around with you, to reapply each time you wash them. It sounds OTT but it's necessary to prevent drying and flaking and sun burn,and to help prevent age spots.

by Anonymousreply 17302/14/2015
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