I tried all the skin care to treat my acne and nothing works like Retin A. It will take some time to see the result and will be discourage to continue the treatment for the first few weeks but I did not stop using it till I get the result I am hoping for.
All you need is patience and lot of moisturizer with higher SPF, now the only thing that I am working on is clearing out my acne marks.
I am 32 and have mild-moderate acne. I was at my derm for another issue, and asked about retinoids because I was curious. He said I could benefit from retin-a because of my acne, and Rx'ed the 0.05% cream. I was a little concerned about the cream clogging my pores, but I have done really well on it. I've been on for 4 months so far and my acne is completely gone. My fine lines around my eyes are much less noticeable. My skin is so soft and smooth and positively glowing. I use this every other night and alternate with AHA (glycolic acid leave on) and use a mandelic or lactic acid peel once a week. Before Retin-A, I tried many products and never found anything to significantly improve my skin. Also, the tiny tube lasts forever (I'm still on my first tube and nowhere near finished) and I find it is really economical because of the benefit:cost ratio.
this works for my acne! i like it!
but it takes time, it is supposed to help control acne and acne scarring, and it somewhat does, but being patient is the key
I think this is the only product which work for my acne so far... much cheaper than other product in the market.
Im 45 and been using Retin A for years. I have wrinkles, age spots, blemishes, but the RA really smoothes everything. If I stop using it for a while, the difference in skin texture is incredible - skin like old tree bark, thats not a side effect, thats my original ageing skin lol! I get breakouts (ironically from the sunscreens which HAVE to be worn daily with this treatment) but they dont last more than a day as the RA turns blemishes out really quick. I also have sensitive skin, I can only tolerate the 0.25% (lowest dose cream). And even then, I cant use this at full strength every day without experiencing redness and peeling. BUT I discovered that half/half moisturiser + RA, mixed in the palm of your hand before applying works perfectly for me. All the smoothing benefits without any of the side effects. My nightly ritual. Will never give this up. I buy a proper branded RA online, at a fraction of the price the dermatologist charged me.
once again to be honest i work in the industry. still in 2011, no potion or lotion with all the scientific background, Retin A is the only product to really work on exfoliation and wrinkles,I have used this for over 20 years, and thank god I did, not lines on my forehead or crows feet, and even better I buy it in India over the counter for £1.20 I prefer the ,5 but to begin its best to try to 0.25 as some skin reacts to it, I have no problem with it, it just carries away the nasty top layer gradually>you must wear sun screen every day, even in winter time, also incorporate a good vit C, E, whatever your skin needs>B5 for hydration and you will never need botox, unless you have a very expressive face which cause the lines.This is one product I could never live without, but my review is based of preventing wrinkles and lines, not reviewed as it was originally intended for which was acne. Although many years ago, when I suffered break out, I used the retin A gel, whoooo.was like wall paper stripper until I adjusted to it. A GREAT PRODUCT WHICH HAS STOOD THE TEST OF TIME,dont be fooled by over hyped over priced alternatives,retin a gives results,but must be used for a period of time before you notice them, works well with cetaphil cleanser which costs just £1 in India or £4 in UK. the oldies are often the best
I get this as a prescription from my derm. My skin has been through hell and back dealing with acne since I was 15. I used Retin A when I was younger, and at the time it was too harsh. I am now 26, and have been using it (I use the 0.1% version, which is pretty high) for the last year, and it has transformed my face. I use it along with spironolactone and it has taken my skin which was broken out, uneven, and very bumpy, to much smoother skin without a trace of acne. The kind I am prescriped comes in a pump which is awesome. It gives you about a small pea sized amount each pump..and when I use it, I use about two pumps for my entire face. In winter I can only use it every other day, but in summer(with a really good sunscreen) I can almost use it every day without redness or flakes. My skin is like steel, so for most people, using this daily would make their skin red and flakey. Do what your doc says and you will be fine!
I have been using Retin A since I was 15, I"m now 37 and it shows. Do not use it everyday but 2 to 3 times a week at night. Make sure you use a high spf during the day and no sun bathing or tanning. Yes, it makes you sensitive to the sun but it's a wrinkle cream, spot fader and exfoliates dead skin. Why damage the skin your wanting to perfect? It works, way effective and less the price than mass and prestige brands claiming to have the same results! enough said- SoNia
If your health ins covers this it's usually a great deal monetarily. I remember when I used this & didn't have health ins, it cost a great deal more (though I don't remember the actual amt as this was over 10 yrs ago). Generally it's dispensed by Rx only (I don't know if that's changed in recent yrs).
I used to use Retin-A for relentless acne as a teen & then in my late 20's for excess sun damage (hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, thickened skin, enlarged pores). It worked great & improved my skin texture nicely, though the results took some time to develop (6-8 wks).
However this product has its pitfalls. Since it thins the skin, it's absolutely mandatory to wear a good strong sunblock while using Retin-A. Definitely be careful to protect your skin from the sun. It also can cause irritation, dryness & sensitive redness. The redness was unpleasant for me. And definitely flaking! My face would randomly flake badly around my mouth & embarrass the living daylights out of me when I'd finally look in the mirror & wonder how long I was walking around with a flake beard like a shedding lizzard (I hated that no one ever warned me!).
Gentle scrubbing to slough off the flakes was a regular requirement since the flakes never stopped. No amount of moisturizer prevented it. My skin would flake anytime it felt like it & i became constantly paranoid. In this area Retin-A didn't provide me w/any self confidence or peace of mind, ever.
I also had to use it on a specific schedule - not every day b/c it's very strong, so every 3rd night before bed, & it's a pain to keep track of on/off days on the calendar & remember if it's the right day to apply or not. All of this became tiring & a drag, regardless of the benefits...so when I finished my last tube of Retin-A, I didn't renew or refill the prescription. I had enough of all that for a while.
The nice thing is that I can always restart again in the future. It's a wonderful, effective product (albeit very strong & requires careful usage - very tiny amount each time). I'm in my late 30's now & my skin really needs to look better, but Retin-A isn't something I want to commit to @ present. It requires responsible care & longterm commitment. I'd rather do a home TCA peel instead (which I would only do in the wintertime to avoid sun damage to renewed skin).
I do recommend this product, but you have to commit to it & suffer some punishment.