Retin-A Cream

Let’s face it, not everyone is blessed with perfect skin. For those of us who must feel the wrath of acne, wrinkles, uneven skin tone or hyper-pigmentation- there may be a solution. Developed over 30 years ago, Retin-A has dominated the market for acne treatments. Retin-A is also a suitable treatment for wrinkles. It has been proven effective time and time again for frustrated individuals who have had to suffer through acne breakouts. Retin-A creams are not available over the counter and usually require a prescription from a physician.

How Retin-A Works:

Derived from Vitamin A, Retin-A works its magic by increasing cell turnover. In other words, it clears out the old skin cells and allows the growth of new cells. This aids in the prevention of clogged pores, the main cause of acne. By doing so, Retin-A Creams also helps fine lines, wrinkles and can even fade facial dark spots. It works by providing very strong exfoliation for your skin. It will also help to restore vibrancy and radiance to the skin by reducing oiliness.

Retin-A can be used in a cream or gel form. Depending on your skin type, there are various percentages in which you can use. It is best to get a prescription cream to ensure you are receiving the correct dose for your skin type. The doses rang anywhere from: 0.01%, 0.025%, 0.05%, or 0.1%. Trying to get Retin-A with no prescription? Just be sure to check the generic brands to insure they include tretinoin, the generic name for Retin-A.

How to use it?

Retin-A is best used in the evening hours on a clean and dry face. Be sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly, as it will warrant best results.  Refrain from using additional moisturizes as it will only interfere with the effects of Retin-A. After cleansing your skin, wait about 10-20 minutes before applying the cream or gel. You want to insure that your skin is completely dry before application. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way! Use small amounts when applying all over the face.

When you first start using a Retin-A cream or gel, be sure to only use it every other night. It is best to let your skin adjust to its effects. Once you establish an application schedule that works best for your skin, stick with it. Persistence is key to how successful Retin-A can be. For some, it may be every other night or possibly every third night. Either way, do not over do it. Retin-A can work its miracle even in small doses.

Side effects?

As with most creams, some individuals may undergo some side effects. Pay attention your skin. Some people may have very sensitive skin and therefore cannot tolerate Retin-A Creams. The most common side effects include irritated, peeling, and dry sensitive skin. Sun sensitivity is common with Retin-A use so be sure to use a sunscreen during the day.

To the tried and true users, Retin-A Creams are a miracle product. Some may battle with the initial dryness and peeling skin- but with continued application and persistence, the miracle of Retin-A will prevail. The key is patience. Rome was not built in a day, just as your acne cannot be cleared in a night. As with most great experiences, it will be worth the wait. Retin-A is the only product that has been scientifically proven to reverse the signs of aging, acne, and sun damage. With correct application and proper use, the benefits are endless.

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  1. Arnab Mistry

    I am using Retino-A cream(0.025%) in every night. But in day time my skin is burn by the sun. Please tell me a sun protection cream name.

  2. Rachel

    I have been using the Retin-A cream for wrinkles since the past two months. It increases cell production in the top layer of skin, so it helps to pep up the skin. Cells look smoother and skin looks younger. It also has a positive effect on collagen production, because skin uses retinoic acid when it produces collagen. As a result, skin looks plumper. Also, it helps to reduce pigmentation that comes with sun damage. Just recently, I found out that I’m pregnant and I want to know if it is safe to continue using Retin-A cream. I want to know if there are any side effects of using a Retin-A cream. My colleague had suffered some effects such as redness, peeling, or feeling of warmth; sensitivity to sunlight; skin irritation; stinging at application site. She had consulted a dermatologist and he told her that some patients also suffer severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe redness, swelling, blistering, or crusting of the skin.

  3. Jo

    For all users who suffer facial redness, there is no reason to use the cream every day. I’ve used it for years and have found 2-3 times per week is enough. Also, never apply Retin-A when your skin is damp or wet. That is a sure-fire way to irritate the skin. Good luck

  4. Makayla

    My cousin has lot of acne on his face. His face is extremely oily. I went with him to consult a skin care expert. He advised using a Retin-A cream. We purchased a Retin-A generic cream. It did help to clear his skin a bit but was not very effective. I then purchased an Ortho Neutrogena Retin-A cream.1 from the drugstore. It has really helped him to get rid of the acne. I guess all Roc creams with Retin-A are very effective. My cousin has been using the product since then and his face is all clear.

  5. Gloria

    To put it simply: When using retina a cream, or similar products, you absolutely must wear sunscreen. Unless you want to be covered in sun spots. I had to learn the hard way because I didn’t read the product literature. Anyway, I wont be using harsh products like this again. It’s disappointing that skin care professionals fail to stress the importance of this.

  6. Retinol

    The long term consequences are skin thinning. I can tell you from first hand experience. Your skin will look great but eventually the results aren’t as good. You should not use retin-a cream for more than a few years if you are worried about your face.

  7. Teresa B

    I have been using Retin-A for nearly 4 years after going to a dermatologist for a mole removal. Her face was simply fabulous so naturally I asked her what she used on her skin. Her secret? Retin-A since the age of 25. I immediately asked for a prescription. I do not have acne and am 46. While it cannot stop aging, it has slowed it down in a big way. I am often asked what I use on my skin when I reveal my age.

    I am one who has had so side effects and great results!

  8. Anonymous

    You could be using a higher concentration of Retin-A Cream. Go back to your doctor and tell him the problem you are experiencing and they will give you a script for a lighten product. It still works but you just need to use it for longer.

  9. Leanne

    I also had the same reaction to retina a cream.
    It cause my whole face to go red and I couldn’t go to work the next day.
    Many people are allergic to this.
    Don’t use this product again if you have this problem as it could get more serious the next time.

  10. Kylie

    After using Retin-A Cream for two weeks, you can definitely feel and see a nice difference. I am not sure if I am allergic to this product but it does cause my face to go red. When I stop the redness stops within a day. I am happy to continue using it as the results speak for themselves.

  11. Sandra

    I just mentioned in another blog post that I just commenced using Retin A Cream and was surprised to wake up with my skin feeling the next morning. My face is red and feels so irritated right now. I am discontinuing. My dermatologist had recommended this to me because I had sun damage but I think I am going to try a more gentle product instead.

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