Tretinoin Cream 0.1%

4.6

24 reviews

95% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Grey

Started this 4 nights ago and already my skin looks very improved, I’m 45 and have mild rosacea, I’ve used sunbeds a lot especially in my 20s so I’m pretty sure my skin is aged more than my years, anyway i got this tretinoin 0.1 gel and although I think I should of started with a weaker strength I am very happy with it already, my face is a bit red and flaky and I do have to apply aloe Vera aftersun gel a lot as it’s a bit like having one of those face masks that dry on your face and u peel off, but apart from that it’s spot on.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Other, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

TL;DR — miracle anti-aging product (as long as you titrate at *your* specific pace, moisturize like your life depends on it, don’t skip spf EVER; and if your skin ain’t super sensitive). YMMV is *key* in skincare. Retin A isn’t for everyone.

Can’t believe I have not reviewed my experience with >9 months on this miracle cream that trumps any cosmetic, skincare or makeup product I’ve ever owned (I’m 40 and got an early start — at like 10 — so that says a lot). This is gonna be LONG, sorry but I want to be thorough. First off, since I *may* have a slight case of rosacea (I’m very fair and pink, and if you use a microscope you can detect teeny broken blood vessels), I’d been told since my late 20s, when my interest in stopping the clock began, I wasn’t a good candidate for ANY retinols/retinoids, manual or chemical exfoliation, etc. (by these lame dinosaur esthetician lady teachers that knew so little that, I became, yes, a beauty school dropout. I’m BA educated so this endeavor was more a disappointing failed hobby). >10 years later, at age 39, after countless hours reading research (nothing predating 2018) and stalking of the reddit/skincareaddition boards, I started acclimating to some heavy actives; first of which were AHA/BHA peel pads (blue mercury M61) that I LOVED. No irritation, maybe a little tingle the first time. Then I started with homemade vitamin c serum in the am, using l-ascorbic powder from Ordinary or LotionCrafter, vitamin E, and Ordinary reservatol/ferulic (obviously mimicking skinceuticals, but FRESH serum costing pennies per day). This is when I started to pH test everything with litmus strips. SPF always - 365. This, and moisturizing, was my regime for a month, then I dabbled in some RoC retinol night cream - their strongest. No irritation. Not even having halfway finished the tube, I ran not walked to my derm for an rx of 0.1% Tretinoin (I just wrote down what I wanted and as an old family friend, he obliged. In fact, he was elated, and informed me everyone over 25 should be bathing in Retin A). Haa. Well. Guess what. Eased rapidly into nightly use. Dry & clean (double cleansed) face. Retin A - hairline to décolletage and hands (aka the French Face). 30 minute wait, followed by Niacinamide serum (Ordinary) and moisture up the a$$. Niacinamide, in addition to its myriad other benefits (aging/pores/moisturize barrier/redness — it is not just for acne), caused me to experience 0 redness, 0 peeling, 0 stinging nor irritation. Or, why everyone I know IRL quit rx tret. I do (am & pm) hydrating layers thin->thick (humectants like hyaluranic acid, emollients, oil’s, creams...) following with Vaseline occlusive at night. 3 particular handy helpers I’d like to mention, that I found to negate potential tret side effects, are: Hado Labo premium (multi molecular weight hyaluranic acid in a huge cheap bottle that costs a fraction of the teeny NIOD version - on a damp face), Holy Snails shark sauce, and stratia liquid gold. I dabble in peptides and snail slime too, some caffeine serum for eyes, and my acid exfoliant use is now a few times a month; destroyed my barrier ONCE trying to go too hard on acids and tret simultaneously and it took days to heal. I do not manually exfoliate ever. I don’t really use designated eye cream over the caffeine serum — my facial moisturizers do just fine.
TRET RESULTS: since they were slow, I didn’t notice, til I was deleting old pix from my phone. I saw a lame selfie right when I started tret. There were *static* lines on my forehead (& elsewhere, but those jumped out at me). I compared to a recent selfie with my eyebrows raised - which would normally at 40 cause at least dynamic lines. None. Erased off of my face. 9 months.
Please: test the waters slowly. Moisturize like a mad person. Spf ALWAYS. ONLY “side effect” which I actually welcomed: my oily skin is now normal! I skip tret here and there (when I can’t do the 30 minute wait) to no ill effect. Cleanse & moisture (& spf) ALWAYS though! Makeup is now OPTIONAL & never thought I’d be saying that!! I am attaching a lame bedtime, petroleum jelly slugged up selfie. I have super short, dark navy blue hair and a grey sweater. I’m simply too embarrassed to show what I looked like before, 10 flipping years-9 mos ago. Thank you TRET you glorious savior.
PS: I live on the beach and from ages 0 (1979) to age 20, got sun all day, every day in the summer. Went to college in AZ so there’s 4 more years of brutal sun daily. SPF just wasn’t a big thing then. Smoked on/off for 26 years. “On” right now — cough cough, bad me. Best wishes. GoodRx is your friend to get deals if your plan doesn’t cover it. One full 45gram tube (and just opened another) in 9 mos ($80) is well worth it for these results. I’d pay triple I’m not kidding. Skinceuticals 1oz C, E, ferulic serum, that I now make from scratch dirt cheap, is $200 and change. And loses efficacy by the time it hits your medicine cabinet. Fresh made daily pH 3.5 baby. The $thousands$ I’ve wasted.... :/

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Dark, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I started using Tretinoin 0.1% Cream in 2012 as part of the Obagi Nu Derm System and used it nightly, mixed with Obagi Blender. I experienced lots of peeling for several weeks, but the new skin which emerged from beneath, was clear, hydrated and supple.

I’m now using Tretinoin with the Blender up to three times per week at night and my skin is now younger than it was before I started. Hyperpigmentation has diminished, the deep forehead lines are no more and my nasolabial folds have lifted. My skin hydrates itself now and has become quite oily, as it was in my teens. I no longer use moisturiser, just a Vitamin C serum and a Hyaluronic Acid Serum. I also do dermarolling which seems to heighten the effectiveness of the product. I always have a glow to my skin, although I’m almost 50, I have no lines or wrinkles.

Using Tretinoin requires patience as the skin may look worse before it looks better, cell turn over is rapid, so there may be lots of peeling and redness, but the end result is worth it. Always use a high factor sunblock, regardless of the season, when using Tretinoin.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

The .1% gel is what I’ve been using since I’ve moved up from the 0.05%. I’ve been using Retin a for a year and moved up strengths on my one year mark. I can honestly say that I immediately noticed major smoothness and more clarity in my skincare when I moved up to the .1%. Granted maybe too because I’m using the gel (I never used the gel prior). The gel penetrates deeper I’ve heard. Not sure if that’s true but it seems to be. Or maybe the .1% is just stronger I dunno. It’s towards the end of the summer as I write this and where I live it’s humid so I’ll finish out the tube of gel. But when it gets cold I’ll start on the .1% cream version. My overall thoughts: I’m 42 years old and I had pretty decent skin before staring Retin a and I feel that me starting Retin a has made my skin THAT much better! I would highly recommend it! I use it 4 days a week and on the nights I don’t I use my Lactic acid and my skin looks amazing! So pleased!

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I got my tube of tretinoin cream from my dermatologist. The first two weeks had been hell! Peeling, lots of clog pores and angry pimples. I'm now on my 3rd week and i only have one pimple on my cheek. This stuff is amazing! Just have lots of patience.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I've been using Tretinoin .1% for going on two years. I use it for anti-aging, not acne, and it works. I started with: dry skin, some texture inconsistencies, fine lines around my eyes and obvious nasolabial lines, uneven tone and some sun damage spots that were a result of lots of beach time in FL w/o using sunscreen.

It works. My skin's tone, texture and overall smoothness has improved a lot. Sun spots have faded and some are just gone. Nasolabial folds and lines around my eyes have diminished. I look at photos of myself in my late twenties and my skin is better now than it was then. My skin is thicker overall, and softer and more plumped. I do not apply on my eyelids or undereye area because it's not recommended.
Yes, the initial stages are tough, itchy, dry, burning skin. Totally worth it. Yes, it's expensive without insurance, still worth it.
I've shaved years off of my face without surgery or fillers or lasers. When people hear my age, (almost 37), they almost always comment that I look in my mid to late twenties. I had a restaurant worker tell me just the other day that I looked the same age as her son who is twenty five. Really, lady? My husband is 9 years younger than me, and people are always surprised or shocked when they hear our age difference.
I now use it only 3 times per week for maintenance. I started with .05% tretinoin with 4% hydroquinone in a cream sold at my dermatologist office. Then after a few months switched to Tretinoin.1% and haven't looked back.
Tretinoin, SPF, an acid (I use P50), the proper cleanser and a good moisturizer is IT for me, never mind 12-step skincare routines or products with inflated marketing promises. Having used some of the big names, ANR, La Mer, Neocutis, Skinceuticals, I can say with certainty that Tretinoin beats them out.
I don't even need foundation anymore.
I really hope it works as well for others as it has for me. Good skin is something everyone should have.

I'm only pay 8$ for a tube with my insurance. So there's no cost/expectation regret or possible placebo effect. For me it just works.

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Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I use Renova which is .02% tretinoin and have been thrilled with the results - lines and wrinkles noticeably reduced or eliminated. I had tried retain A a few years ago, but had to stop using it because it made my skin dry and flaky and even when I used it only 2 to 3 times a week my skin could never tolerate it. I agree with reviewers who say prescription tretinoin is the best anti-aging product available (and dermatologists agree!). The prescription product is indeed quite expensive but worth every penny! I might also note that about a year ago I tried Paula's Choice 1% retinol product just to compare it to my Renova. After using for a month my skin was regressing, so it was back to Renova for me! Also, for anyone who has had trouble adjusting to Renova, I suggest you be sure to wait at least 30 minutes after cleansing and exfoliating to apply it. This information is included with the pamphlet that comes with the prescription but is easy to overlook. The "waiting period" is essential to help your skin tolerate the stronger prescription strength.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

I started using Tretinoin about 2 months ago, and it has slowly started to change the appearance and texture of my skin for the better.

I started out applying it every two days, and have now been using it nightly for about a month now. The only way I will apply it on my skin is by mixing in a pea-sized amount with my night moisturizer, which helps make the transition phase (when your skin isn't used to it yet and starts peeling and become a little irritated) less awful.

The transition process was a little rough: my skin would occasionally become really dry and flakey for a few days in a row which made wearing make-up impossible. But I stuck through it (it wasn't too bad to be honest, you just have to get over not having excellent skin for a few days), and am now experiencing fewer breakouts, a decrease in their severity, and more even skin tone.

(Disclaimer: I also recently switched to using the Eminence Organics skin care line, which could also be contributing to the improvement in my skin).

GOOD WORD OF ADVICE: ALWAYS use sunscreen during the day when using this product (I use Clarins SPF 40 which has been really compatible with my acne-prone skin), and stay out of the sun.

Good luck!

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Just for some info i am using the Indian version by menarni

I am currently using the 0.1 gel and it working good currently i am on week 4 and looking to up the dose from 3 times a week to 4 times a week. Just use a good moisturizer in the morning to avoid peeling. The 0.05 gel didnt do much for me and just made my skin oily it could be due to the oil base.

Here is where i got mine - http://www.bonanza.com/booths/mjunaid4u

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I wrote a review about tretinoin in 2012.

I've been using this since 2010. This is my 5th year edit: do not get on this product. The blowback will be the worst acne than even before you started out with. It'll make you regret you even went on medication in the first place. Do not use this cream for acne. I'm currently healing my skin with a raw food diet. Look up Dr Morse ND on YouTube.


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