A313 Pommade

 A313 Pommade

4.9

10 reviews

100% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

200000 U.I. synthetic vitamin A oily (mixture of esters of vitamin A: retinol acetate, retinol propionate, retinol palmitate), PPG 4000, PEG 400, polysorbate 80

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I've used various forms of retinoids since I was 13 (I am now 30). I discontinued using them when I was around 28 because my skin became highly sensitized and could no longer tolerate harsh products - even spacing out the application by 4-5 days resulted in irritation. I was bummed in believing that I would forever be denied the well-supported anti-aging benefits of retinoids. However, on a recent trip to Paris, I finally tracked this baby down after popping into at least four different pharmacies and inquiring in terrible French. (The pharmacist that checked me out confirmed that it's in very high demand).

A313 does have a greasy texture, as other reviewers have mentioned, but I actually enjoy it. To me, it feels more protective than many American retinoids. Even the more gentle formulations of retin a micro, Paula's Choice, etc., have caused my skin to become red and actually accentuated my pores. For now, applying the A313 pommade twice a week does not seem to irritate my skin. Given my history, I'm well-experienced in preventing product irritation so after showering I first apply a moisturizer "barrier" on places where my skin becomes easily irritated (eyes, nostrils), wait at least 45 minutes, and then, in a circular motion, I rub into my skin the A313 while avoiding the areas around my eyes and nose. I've only used the product for a month, so I can't speak yet to its anti-aging effects, but it does noticeably help with my minor breakouts and blemishes, and my overall skin texture appears smoother.

Overall, I'm very pleased with the results and that my sensitive skin can tolerate it, unlike many vitamin a-based products. I plan to alternate the A313 with my Neostrata PHA-based moisturizer in my PM routine.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

Smells like glue, looks like glue, feels sticky like glue, but makes my face feel so smooth and soft in the morning. A little goes a long way! I find it also clears stubborn blemishes (I've had a massive breakout recently, likely due to P50W) and lightens my scars. Note that I'm used to retinol so I have had no irritation whatsoever with this form of vitamin A, but I've definitely noticed flaking, which hardly ever happens with me, so that's new- lots of dead skin. I do physical exfoliation, along with some glycolic masks and then pack on some serious, but non-clogging moisture to fix that. I recommend using it on its own with a light moisturizing serum underneath. It's so thick and sticky that it wouldn't work in a layering routine. I will 100% repurchase next time I'm in France- it's one of the cheapest, yet the most efficient vitamin A treatment I've ever used.

Edit: I actually now use even less and rub it throughly on my face dividing it in different areas (it doesn't spread very easily) after I've used a serum. I let it sit 30 minutes and then add a thin layer of moisturizer on top. It helps with the stickiness and I no longer experience flakiness. I'm still kind of blown away by its exfoliating properties- smoothest, softest skin I've had in a while!

5 of 5 people found this helpful.


on 4/13/2018 3:23:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

It took me awhile to learn how to use this product. The trick is to wait a good 30 - 45 minutes after washing my face before I apply it, and then also use a moisturizer. I didn't like it at first because I was applying it too soon after I had washed my face, and oh my goodness, it seemed fine at first, but then I woke up a few hours later and my skin was itching and burning!! So make sure you wait at least 30 minutes to put it on after washing your face, your face has to be completely dry. I use it most nights, but sometimes I can tell it is getting to be too much for my skin (if it gets flaky) so I'll back off for a night or so and then slowly use it again. I can see a big difference in my skin when I use it. It's also quite cheap to pick up in French pharmacies (around 8-10 euros).

2 of 2 people found this helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I read about this product in a Glamour article by Perrie Samotin and figured I'd Amazon it and see what it does for me. I'm 32 and haven't been very grownup serious about my skincare routine and felt I needed to be more precise and grownup and this rather ugly tube that looked pharmaceutical might help with that. *Sigh* emotional purchases... I'd say this active is rather harsh--goes on a bit greasy and a few nights of having it on I've considered getting up at 2am and trying to wash it off because of the uncomfortable itching. I haven't actually done so, but it certainly is maxed out for me at 3x-4x per week and I'm 3 weeks in on this product. I'm also using a BHA, sometimes on the same night, but this week I'm not using BHAs and AHAs on the same night. I've seen a significant change in my skin's texture and I believe a brightening, but also I'm mid-purge. Meh. Hoping I'll be out of it soon. The closed comedones on my neck and jaw are ugly, but knowing my skin, they are going much faster than normal, so that's a plus.
I will update again if I see more significant results. I certainly think it's exfoliating, but this is the one product in my drawer that I'm a bit afraid of--like is it an itchy night, or am I ok? Some nights are ok. I've yet to go to bed without a moisturizer on top of it.

5 of 5 people found this helpful.


on 12/14/2017 9:28:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This stuff is amazing. I should start off by saying that I use it on and off; I will probably work up to trying to use it more regularly, but right now I've found a good system that works with my skin. So, when I think I'm looking very rough/uneven/clogged pores, I use it every other night for a week or so, and then back off. I only use it at night, and after I've washed my face and really let my skin dry. I know that other reviewers have stated this, but it really is worth stressing! I was feeling lazier one evening and my skin was still a little damp, and it burned a little bit. (I've read online various things about wanting to use it on damp skin to increase its potency, but I really do not suggest that.) After letting it soak in for a few minutes, I follow up with my moisturizer. I know that some people leave it and don't apply anything on top, but for my dry and sensitive skin, this is a necessary step.

I haven't had any problems with flaking or super redness. I think this is due in part to really working up to how often I use it. When I first tried it, I waited three days before applying again. I also think putting a moisturizer on has helped my skin as well, and, of course, SPF in the morning. It really does make my skin look and feel so much better. You really don't need more than a pea-sized amount for your face and neck, maybe a bit more depending on how low you want to go with your product application. Having read a lot of reviews with people having adverse reactions, I think it often probably comes down to usage. For the price, it can't be beat, and I plan on continuing to use this product as part of my routine.

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on 2/14/2017 6:24:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Absolutely amazing! I don't use it continuously, I tend to use it as a treatment for a week, when my skin feels uneven and clogged. I smooth a thin layer on before bed, and do not use any other skincare fro ducts in conjunction with it. I exfoliate in the morning, and moisturise in the day time, and then I repeat this for a week, every night. By the end of the week, I have brand new, smooth and even skin that glows, and makeup looks gorgeous on it! It's a strange Vaseline like consistency, quite thick and it's slightly itchy when it's on my face, but nothing unbearable. Slightly acidy scent. I find that one tube lasts for at least 6-7 months. Couldn't live without it, it tightens pores, fills fine lines and gets rid of dead skin like nothing else does. Absolutely love love love it :)

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on 1/28/2017 1:15:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I used to be able to get prescription tretinoin/Retin-A, but then my insurance company stopped covering it. I had tried OTC retinoids like Paula's Choice, but I didn't want to pay $65 for a tube. My husband told me about Avibon, but then it was discontinued. Now we both use A313 pommade as the next-best thing, and it has made a significant difference for both of us. He is African-American and likes the A313 to reduce hyperpigmentation, and I am using it primarily for anti-aging. I have been diligent about daily sunscreen use my whole life, and even at 38 years old my complexion still looks great. The A313 has reduced my pore size, has significantly reduced my adult acne, and makes my skin look smoother and more radiant. I think A313 is great for anti-aging.

As other reviewers have noted, it is best to remove all makeup, wash your face with a gentle, mild cleanser, rinse and pat dry, and wait 30 minutes for your skin to dry completely before applying the A313. The way I've worked this into my nightly routine is to wash my face after dinner, allow my skin to dry while I'm doing things around the house, and then apply the A313 later, before I go to bed.

The pommade is a little greasy and has a little bit of a smell, but the results are well worth it. I let it sink into my skin for a few minutes, then apply Embryolisse lait-creme to my neck, decolletage, and face, and then go to bed. I have extremely sensitive skin and I cannot use this every single night -- most people should start with applying it once per week, and gradually work your way up to every-other-night usage. Some people may be able to tolerate using it nightly, but I cannot. I buy both the A313 and Embryolisse on Amazon. If I fail to buffer with Embryolisse then I do get dryness and flaking. Now that Differin is available OTC without a prescription I think I will finish my tube of A313 and give Differin a try, but A313 is an anti-aging powerhouse that is available OTC at a reasonable cost, and I think it's fantastic.

10 of 10 people found this helpful.


on 11/14/2016 12:47:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I, like many others, was in search of Avibon in France and since it's been discontinued, A313 would have to do! I actually would have preferred to purchase this instead of Avibon because one, the retinol dosage is lower, so it's a much fool proof way to screw up your skin from using too much. I purchased 2 tubes. One for my mother and for myself. We both had different initial reactions. I had used other retinol based products such as differin, luna oil from Sunday Riley, so I think I was used to using such products that the effects of this was instantaneous. I looked glowy, smooth, and with the occasional pimple, they healed quickly and more painlessly. My mother however, experienced itchiness so she uses it every other day, but the results were just as amazing. Her skin seems much plumper and now has the same smooth glow. I highly recommend people who wants to try this to give it a shot. The only thing I noticed about this is that to me, it smells a little bit sour.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm

Hair: Black, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I too discovered A313 in search of Avibon, but it’s supposedly being reformulated. Shortly after receiving my tube of A313, life got in the way of me incorporating it into my routine consistently, so my intial results weren’t consistent, either. Since making the decision to be more consistent with my skincare in general I’ve seen great results with this. I started off applying it twice as week, after washing my face and without any other serums or treatments. I now use it every other night if I can remember (I’m not perfect), still without additional treatments that night. To echo mama_jama’s review, it’s made my skin smooth and radiant, huge plusses for someone who’s always struggled with dullness (and has usually had to deal with breakouts and excess oil when using products that supposedly combat this dullness). The only catch is that it can make your face itchy, but you get used to it eventually unless you apply too much. The most important A313 advice I could give would be two-fold: be consistent, and make sure to use sunscreen every single day, as vitamin A and retinoid products are photosensitive and can make one’s skin more photosensitive as well. But you’re using sunscreen everyday anyway, right?

An update: I recently found out that applying products like A313 and Retin-A/tretinoin too soon after washing your face can cause irritation. Applying this at least 30 minutes after I've washed my face at night has cut down on the irritation tremendously. I'm moving on to Retin-A - it's dirt cheap with a prescription and more effective than over-the-counter (over-the-internet?) acne/anti-aging products - but I still think A313 is a great choice for people who either can't get their hands on a prescription or handle heavy-duty retinoids.

8 of 8 people found this helpful.


on 4/28/2014 11:00:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

While in Paris, I went in search of Avibon at every pharmacie I came across (basically on every block). The pharmacists there confirmed that Avibon -- that cult Vitamin A treatment made internationally sought by Gwyneth Paltrow but stuck in reformulation hell for over a year -- "est fini." But they all recommended A313 pommade as the next best thing.
A313 is made by the same company, purporting the same benefits. Avibon.com says: "Same great OTC french pharmacy-grade quality vitamin A at a lower price-point, in the same great aluminum tube while 66% larger than Avibon. A313 offers the same retinoic acid effect on wrinkles and fine lines, at a slightly lower concentration than Avibon."
It has a retinol concentration of .2% (compared with Avibon's 1.0%) but in the same ointment base. And in just a few weeks of usage every other night, my skin is more radiant, smoother, and palpably softer. Even though I came looking for Avibon, I couldn't be happier with my consolation prize.
I bought two 50g tubes because it's ridiculously cheap in France (9, or $12.50 USD) and has an 18-month shelf life.

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