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on 6/30/2011 9:34:00 PM
More reviews by gretch988
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
This stuff saved me from all of my skin-woes. I did get the typical redness/ peeling around the nose and mouth initially, followed by whiteheads. However, I realize this was all a result of the powerful exfoliating properties of a Retinol cream. I don't need it all the time, in fact, I only use it maybe a couple times a month to keep my skin exfoliated and keep blackheads to a minimum. My insurance covered most of the cost so I only had to pay about $13-14 for it, which in my opinion was worth every penny considering the strength of the formula and the rate at which it transformed my skin. For anyone with congested, sensitive, combination skin, I recommend this. To counter-act the drying effect I purchased Reviva Lab's Hyaluronic Acid Serum from Whole Foods & layered a bit of Aveeno Moisturizer on top (a combination I now use routinely).
on 6/28/2011 10:17:00 PM
More reviews by Frenchmix
Skin: Oily, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine
I been using Retin-A Micro for about 7 years. I've used prescription Retin-A for a total of about 15 years straight now, I've never taken a break from it. It's become part of my life, and I plan on using it for life. I don't have major acne but small on-going monthly tiny breakouts. I use it to keep my skin clearer and it speeds up the lightening of acne marks, also for anti aging.. I only use it 2 or 3 days a week now, because I use DIY Vitamin C serum more often, since I love the results of this. By using both of these beauty treatments I really like my skin. It looks smooth, soft and healthy... A tube lasts a year for me.9 ~2013. I no longer use this. Last tube costs me almost $400. at CVS, absolutely CRAZY!! Our insurance does not cover it. They kept raising their price, was $125, then $180, then the complete shocker of $385, since there is no generic.. I am back to using generic 0.05% at $40 bucks a tube.. Skin feels great, and it spreads way better than the Micro.. It really is nothing special IME, used it for years, still burnt my skin, till I used it only every 3rd day..
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 6/15/2011 7:08:00 PM
More reviews by swissbird
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
Many thanks to izzypal for reminding me to do a follow up!I left a review several months ago, and thought that the redness/peeling/flaking had resolved, but not quite. I have very fair skin, but neither the dr, the pharmacist, nor the instructions said anything other than to wash with a mild soap, then apply RAM every night.After a 3-4 nights, my face was red and swollen, itchy, and flaking. So I tried different patterns - every other night; every 3rd night - with the same results. It would get better for a while but then the reaction would happen again. When I walked into the dr's office a few weeks later, he said I had actually given myself a chemical peel, and that I should discontinue until skin was back to normal. Then, every other night, I was to wash my face, then follow with a good moisturizer (I use Revaleskin's Night Cream). Next, I mixed the moisturizer with one pump of the medication, and apply. Well, that seems to be the formula for me.....except for the use of a prescription cortisone cream as needed for any itching and redness in the morning. It took quite a while, but now, my skin looks nice, I've had no breakouts. Wrinkles seem less pronounced and pores seem less noticeable, and I'm happy with the results at last.
20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.
on 5/27/2011 11:23:00 PM
More reviews by mitzigaynor15
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool
This product has saved my 14-year-old daughter's skin. She was trying tea tree oil soap and oil, and other OTC products with no success. She was getting depressed about having such bad skin. She is such a pretty girl and it was a shame her face was breaking out so bad. A relative in the family who is a dermatologist saw her and gave her a couple boxes of samples of this. Within two weeks her skin improved 100%. She has been using a month now and almost all the red spots have disappeared and she has virtually no breakouts. She uses this at night after cleansing with Cuticura soap. In the a.m. she cleanses again and uses moisturizer. She is careful to use a sunscreen skin for the face when she is going to be outside for any period of time. We have a script for a generic brand of this--I hope it works as well. If not, we will pay anything for this wonderful product.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 5/27/2011 10:53:00 PM
More reviews by Ejsiq
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I am 39 and tired of acne! While I never had more than 1 or 2 pimples at a time, they were always on my chin, deep, painful, and took awhile to clear. I usually had less than one week of clear skin before another would appear. In the past I had tried Differin, which didnít help much (but maybe I wasnít compliant enough to see the results?). Antibiotic lotions didnít help a bit. Neither did rigorous use of salicylic acid wash pads, and benzoyl peroxide cream was super irritating. The first 2-4 wks of retin A were red, scaly, painful, and embarrassing. I was constantly checking the mirror at work, dabbing on lotion and cover-up powder. Putting on moisturizer burned. Finally it got a little better and I decided to try exfoliating with a scrub (generic for St Ives apricot scrub) as a desperate move to get rid of flakes. Whoa. That left me smooth and polished (still pink), way better. I use the 0.04%, and a 20 gram tube lasts me 4 months. I use it all over my face. I rarely have a pimple, and if I do, it is small and superficial, and only lasts 1-2 days (versus 4-7 days). If I get out of the habit, I do start to get acne again. I have seen a reduction in crows feet around the eyes, and less forehead creases. I usually apply it 5-6 days each week before bedtime, and every morning I use Lubriderm daily moisturizer (SPF15 or 30). The only con Iíve found is when I go in a chlorinated pool, my face gets REALLY dry right after. I think I will try to bump up to the 0.1% next tube.
on 5/26/2011 8:04:00 PM
More reviews by yankeesweetie35
Skin: Other, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
Quick facts: Early 20's, fair sensitive skin, lifelong sufferer of blackheads and oilynessI've been on RAM for about 3 years now. My pores are still very clogged but I no longer get as many raised blackheads or pimples. Basically, up close my pores are still dark and large, but from a normal distance my skin is quite smooth and clear. It hasn't done anything to control my oil. However, as long as my insurance covers it I'll probably continue to use it because my skin looks better when I use it. Also, it helps prevents wrinkles! haha Oh and shockingly, I never had any major irritation on my sensitive skin. In the dead of winter, my skin got slightly dry and red but I cut down to using every other night and it was fine.Bottom Line: For me, RAM is not incredible, not bad, just decent. It's definitely worth trying if your insurance covers it.
on 5/26/2011 6:02:00 AM
More reviews by redheadjane
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm
Hair: Red, Straight, Fine
My Derm Prescribe this for me after continuous failures on my own to control my hormonal acne. I've tried Retin-A in the Past but not the Micro version until now. I've been taking it slowly. My skin often reacts terribly to new products but so far so good. I'm now on week 3 and beginning to see much improvement. I've had some minor flaking and a little irritation around my eyes. You must follow directions when using this product. Use too much and you are just looking for trouble. Pea size amount doesn't seem like enough but it really is. I should also have to add that my Forehead lines are already fading. Added benefit to this product is wrinkle control!!I wash my face, Wait 1 hour or Apply a light moisturizer first and then apply the retin A and my eye cream at night. I started every third night and now on ever other night. My skin is definitely smoother and my dark marks from past breakouts are fading very well. I'm looking forward to seeing long term results. No Initial breakout, but I am on Minocycline and using Duac as a spot treatment. Very pleased so far. I think Buffering this with a Lightweight moisturizer is really the key to not having irritation or redness. I'm just a bit drier than normal. Way better and less harsh than Tazorac!!Edit: My insurance will no longer pay for Retin A micro-Bleh!!! I used all my samples up so MY doc put me back on Tazorac gel .5%. I will say, Tazorac makes me peel really bad and a little red at first, but it does work in smoothing out my skin and does seem to fade any dark spots much faster than Retin-A micro. I am thnking about about having my prescription filled in Canada. It's $60 from Canada as opposed to $289. these pharmaceutical companies are ripping people off IMHO!
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
on 5/1/2011 5:43:00 PM
More reviews by atlas84
Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium
Retin-A Micro has done far more for my skin than any other anti-acne product I've tried. I've had acne since my teens (both on the face and body, more mild cases but not severe) and have always just lived with it. Products with salicylic acid worked OK, and still do to some degree. Benzoyl peroxide did nothing but dry out my skin. When I turned 25, I decided to take better care of myself and looked for a solution to combat my comparatively mild but persistent acne. I decided after much research to try a prescription retinoid. The first dermatologist I visited in March 2010 told me my acne "wasn't that bad" and should use a BPO cream. (The same dermatologist then told me to buy a Clarisonic to help with acne. Sorry, but a glorified vibrating brush would not help with the inflammatory skin conditions of acne and seborrheic dermatitis you just diagnosed me with, you twit.) Went to a different derm a few months later (July 2010) who put me on Retin-A Micro 0.04% without hesitation. At first, I didn't experience any of the redness or flaking that prescription retinoids are known for, but saw some improvement. I used the product every third night to start, then every other night, then two nights on and one night off (I usually go three days between shaving my face, don't use RAM the night before I want to shave). For whatever reason, I stopped using RAM in September or October, can't remember which month. Towards the end of 2010, I reintroduced RAM into my nighttime skin care routine on the two nights on, one night off schedule. Only then did I start getting the wonderful dryness and flakiness so many have the pleasure of experiencing on the path to great skin. In all honesty, the flaking wasn't that bad and I only had mild irritation and redness only after starting to use RAM again. I started using Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Moisture Gel with RAM to combat the dryness. It's now May 2011 and my skin is so clear, I can't remember the last time it was this clear. I still have a ways to go but am much happier and more confident now. I plan to upgrade to RAM 0.1% since I was so impressed with the results. Prescription retinoids (RAM, regular Retin-A, Differin, Tazorac, etc.) are not for everyone but with proper use, they yield excellent results. Side note/Disclaimer: Prescription retinoids should be used with extreme caution (or just avoided altogether) by those with inflammatory skin conditions like rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, etc. that can accompany acne. I have SD but found my skin was better after using RAM, even the SD affected areas.
8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.
on 3/25/2011 8:39:00 AM
More reviews by steph11111
Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
Why why why is a product junkie like me only finding out about this product now, well into my 30s?? LOL! I wished I would have know about it sooner... I am using this for wrinkles, and to help fade some acne scars (from my teenage years). I don't have acne now, but I do have red blotchy patches on my face from past pimples, enlarged pores, blackheads, , etc. My complexion has never been great..So I'm on week 2, and the results are already amazing... The deep lines on my forehead are already noticeably fainter.. Those blotchy patches are slowly disappearing... My skin did feel quite raw the first week of using this to the point that it even hurt to put on makeup, but that was only for maybe 2 days and then the sensitivity went away. Totally worth a little pain if you ask me :) As far as the price - I live in Canada and I paid 26 $ for a tube , which is dirt cheap IMO..I've seen foundations that cost more than that! So not only does it work, it's really affordable, especially when you compare drugstore creams that are 3 times that price, and don't actually do anything... I have the .1%, I use every night followed by a good cream. I can't wait for more time to go by to see the full results, I will update soon :)
on 3/13/2011 1:05:00 PM
More reviews by jellybebe
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
First of all, I must say up front that I am not using this product for acne, as I don't have any. I am using it for the anti-aging benefits only. I just finished working with dermatologists for a month and many of them recommend this for younger, smoother skin, and I was dying to try it. One of the derms looks younger now than she did in her grad photos 3 years ago, and she attributes this to daily use of Retin A and sunscreen. I tried the 0.04% Retin A micro and at first, I didn't let my face dry completely before applying (you should wait a good 20-30 minutes after face washing to apply this) and it peeled my face off. I was so embarrassed because my face was red, scaly and itchy for about 1.5 weeks. It was especially bad around the mouth and on my cheeks Then I started waiting for longer before applying it, and I started using a mild moisturizer (the derm's office gave me samples of La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra, which worked well). Within a few days, my skin started looking better. The scaly red areas on my cheeks and chin peeled right off and now my skin tolerates the Retin A Micro very well, and my complexion is glowing. I had nice skin before but now I feel even more confident about my complexion. The blackheads on my nose are fading and I only need to wear a light dusting of powder. I have contemplated switching to a higher concentration but I don't think it will make a huge difference, so I will continue using the 0.04% indefinitely! It's a worthwhile investment and I have started recommending it to everybody.
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