Average Rating 4.1/5
Review by felgoj
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.