Let's start by saying that I have suffered with severe acne for years, and I've tried almost everything out there with no luck. I am allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide, so finding the perfect product for me (that works) is a very hard job. My doctor calls me a "tough case". Anyway, it's been about a month of using Retin A Micro 0.1% and since I waited it out I am very pleased. In the beginning I was getting really frustrated because my skin first broke out a lot more, and was red, irritated and very dry. I had to use an ice pack sometimes to stop my face from feeling so bad. After those effects started to diminish, my face started to peel a lot. But, that will subside a lot after about a week or so. Now where I'm at currently, I have NO pimples. It's an absolute miracle. I have tried it all and nothing has been this effective for me. All I do is apply a thin layer at bedtime, and in the morning and at night I wash with a soap free cleanser. Moisturizer (noncomedogenic) was a lifesaver for me when I was dry. But now since my skin has adjusted, I hardly peel anymore and my skin texture has dramatically improved. The only thing left on my face to take care of is some acne scarring and redness, but this is slowly but surely going away with the regular application of Retin A Micro. I don't like the squeeze tube because it often oozes if I press too hard, so next time I'll probably get the pump. But I have to say, this is great stuff.
This stuff made me break out, but I have sensitive skin. If you're not going to be consistent with the usage though, you're skill will be inconsistently breaking out and being clear, depending on this product's usage. This stuff is strong though, a little goes a long way. Would not recommend using too much of it, skin I had a major skin reaction and had to go to the Dermatologist, who prescribed Protopic, which broke my veins out. have tried using it for wrinkles on the knees. If you want something less strong but still effective, try Differin, or clindamycin with benzyl peroxide.
This is great. I find it clears my skin up. I just hate how initially I get those under the skin bumps with this. They are ouch. The key is patience. Dont apply too much and not too soon. And moisturize frequently. You may think you dont need it, but I tend to find the top layer of my skin is constantly peeling and dry. Its great though. I have clear skin with this and my blackheads are mostly cleared up so I cant fault the results. I dont experience any redness or sensitivity after the 4 week adjustment period. = <3
This was prescribed when regular Retin A cream just wasn't working very well. At first it gave my skin a beautiful pink glow and smooth surface texture, but then over the course of a few months (well PAST the adjustment period where it's supposed to look worse) my skin broke out worse than ever, and peeled so much that I couldn't even keep makeup on my face. People---ADULTS, who should know better---were stopping me and asking me what the heck was going on with my face. It was bad. I'm very fair with very sensitive skin, so I think the product was just too harsh and the irritation caused my acne to flare up again. Probably not a great product for those of you with already sensitive skin.
I've been using the 0.04% Retin-A micro in a pump for almost three months now. I apply a thin layer of this every morning (derm. recommended mornings) and follow with a strong mineral sunblock. My skin started peeling after the fourth day and it has these cycles of peeling like crazy and nothing happening. Today while closely examining my face I noticed just how much better it's looking. My acne scars are fading (yes!!) and my blackheads are less noticeable. And this morning while I was applying my makeup I notice how smooth my skin looked. I have insurance but Retin-A isn't covered and it cost me almost $300. Even in this economy it's worth it. That's how good it is!
Packaging: I love that it comes in a pump because I think that's a lot cleaner, but at the same time you don't know how much product you have left. And at $300 you don't want to be wasting any of this.
I wanted to use this to clear the sea of blackheads on my forehead, nose, and cheeks. Other than that, my skin is clear.
After 2 months of daily application (I used the 0.1% strength), nothing happened!!! No side effects and almost no results either. I followed the instructions carefully and I was diligent about applying only a pea-size amount to avoid all the horror stories on all the unbearable peeling and redness.
PROS: smoother skin and I stopped getting whiteheads.
CONS: The worst thing that happened was moderate stinging on those days where I applied too much. No peeling, no redness, no "purging" stage, nothing.
I think this is some of the best stuff ever. Ok, yes, it does cause you to peel, and it does cause redness at first, but the benefits are worth it! I have been using the .04 strength for over a year, and recently called my derm to ask if i could have stronger. she gave me samples of the .1 percent. i am now going through the adjustment stages, but i think my skin is brighter, and my pores are smaller (i think they are smaller now than they were 6 months ago on the lesser strength). i noticed smaller pores and fewer blackheads a year ago when i started using the .04 strength, and feel like i am getting even better results on the stronger stuff. my derm says to rotate between .04 and .1 while you are working your way up to using the .1 every day. anyway, i am going to use this forever as it is proven to stimulate collagen (actually, ill probably move up to tazorac once i get use to this as it is stronger than retin a).
I suffered from large, painful acne cysts for years. After I had my son the problem got much worse. I switched Dermatologists four times when none of them gave me anything that helped. Finally, after I stopped breastfeeding, my new Dermatologist gave me Retin A Micro. For the first three weeks I experienced skin irritation and a purging breakout. This was expected. After that my skin has been so clear. It has been over two week since I have had a single cyst. I used to get one or two every week. I still have a bit of redness, but I'll take that over breakouts any day of the week. Plus my skin looks younger than before. I would recommend this product to anyone who is tired of having their life revolve around their breakouts.
I got this from inhousepharmacy.com after having a horrible reaction to Tazorac. I used this years ago and the results then were amazing and they still are this time around. I suffer with dull, lackluster skin that doesn't hesitate to break out if provoked. I have been using this slowly but surely since August and I am sooooooo happy with the results so far. My complexion is more even toned. I have issues with hyperpigmentation and RAM helps a lot. My breakouts have completely disappeared. I understand that RAM takes a very long time to work, so I look forward to the glow I will have when Spring arrives. This product can cause extreme dryness and irritation, so start off using it every three or four nights and build your way up to every other night. Also, make sure your cleanser and moisturizer are mild and gentle so you don't irritate your skin. Oh and one more thing, you are going to need a manual exfoliant - a gentle cloth or so- to get rid of the dead, dry skin cells. RAM is magical, good luck!
I have been using this for almost 2 weeks. Prior to this I used the following: (In no particular order) Neutrogena Anti Wrinkle night, Roc Night Serum and Cream( Deep Correction), Aqua Glycolic Face Wash, and Jason's Natural Oil Free AHA Gel. I believe the only reason I have not suffered from alot of irritation and peeling is because of the prior use of the above products. My face looks more clear. I have had some purging. No severe peeling. I only wash with Purpose now. No iritation from that. Will keep using and update in a few weeks.