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At age 35, my skin has never looked better. It's dewy, clear and pretty flawless. Usually this time of the year, I'm looking a bit ashy, but this fall I started using Retin-A. My goodness. I'm not stopping.

I learned about Retin-A years ago when a dermatologist prescribed it to a co-worker. At the time I thought it was odd my friend was using pimple lotion to look young, but her skin was as pristine as Nicole Kidman's. Later, another friend told me it was her beauty secret (and she looks 10 years younger than she is). Since then, I've read nothing but good things about vitamin A derivatives (Retin-A, Renova, Micro Retin-A), with many dermatologists going so far as to call them a miracle product. It's the only medicine on the market that's actually proven to boost collagen production, which decreases with age. I suggest it to all my friends, most of whom look at me as if they don't really believe me. I think the fact that you can't get it over-the-counter scares them. At some point, I'm going to compile all the dermatologists' comments that I've collected over the years to prove my point. But in the meantime, I'm never giving this stuff up. Ever.

So how to get it? In the U.S., it's prescription only. You can buy Renova (a version of Retin-A) from several vendors online.

More on Retin-A:

Is Retin-A the secret to flawless skin?
How to use Retin-A


December 18, 2007 at 9:47 am
(1) lily a. says:

Hello there, I’ve been prescribed with some Retin-A since I went for a chemical peel for my face. I have had good results of Retin-A. My skin is glowy and pimples slough off easily when I scrub them away. However, I’ve been told that continous use of Retin-A (say maybe for over 3 months) will make the skin weak and make it quite sensitive to dust particles, the harmful UV rays and dirt. Do you think that using Retin-A continously through the year will do this damage?

December 19, 2007 at 7:08 pm
(2) Karen says:

I have some, but am not sure how to use it, will it help with crows feet?

December 20, 2007 at 5:15 pm
(3) Dwala, owner Body Moose Skin Care says:

Retin-A is not a department-store face cream safe for (most) everyone; it is a variable-strength prescription medication.

Please Google “Retin-A neurologic toxicity” if you feel certain it is harmless. (It describes a 39-year old woman who apparently had a connection between NEEDING A WALKER and Retin-A.)

Specific questions are best addressed to physicians.

Retin-A can be wonderful, but it is not a “one-size fits all” product. This is definitely a YMMV!

Stay beautiful and safe, everybody! :o )

December 24, 2007 at 12:55 pm
(4) cyn says:

1. No–that’s steroid creams that weaken (thin) the skin. Retin-A makes the collagen layer thicker. I have used it for decades & look way younger than my peers.(But yes, you MUST wear sunscreen!)
2.Yes it helps with crows feet–use a tiny amount (a pea-sized dot for your whole face) & keep it an inch away from your eyes. It’s going to be reddish & peeling at first. Give it a few weeks for your skin to adjust.

December 24, 2007 at 2:17 pm
(5) Catherine says:

Where do you buy your Retin-A?

December 24, 2007 at 2:26 pm
(6) shannon says:

I used Retin A years ago for cyctic acne- stopped some years ago when the Rx ran out and my insurnace would not cover the cost, even if prescribed by
an MD. Thought I would need anothe prescription, but would really appreciate knowing where to get Retin OTC. Also what strength (%) do you all use and in creme or gel? Thank you

December 24, 2007 at 3:15 pm
(7) JUDY K. says:

As far as I know, at least in Chicago, you do need a prescription from a Dr. to get retin A. I am 51 & have used it for yrs. Everyone always tells me that I look much younger. I have not had any problems using it. My skin is much better using it then before. I did have some acne. Nothing serious, but this is why I started to use it. My husband does not believe it is the retin A that keeps my face young looking. He just thinks it is good genetics from my parents.

The only problem I have encountered was that the ins. always covered the cost. But when I turned 50 they told me they stop paying for it. That really bothered me. I checked into it too. It seems that they don’t think women get any acne after a certain age. Then it is considered a cosmetic product. The retin A is rather expensive. But to me it is worth it. I won’t say that it is perfect but it is close. If a person has deep wrinkles & starts to use it, I don’t think that it will get rid of that. From what I know you have to use it for yrs. But it is never to late to start to use it. I want to tell everyone to have a nice Christmas & a healthy, happy New Yr.! Judy K. Chicago.

December 24, 2007 at 3:44 pm
(8) Mary says:

I’m 51 and use Renova, and my skin is in great shape. It doesn’t seem to be strong enough for crows feet though and never seems to get that area dry/flaky like it does the other parts of my face. How would you compare Renova and Retin A? BTW I just discovered Weleda cream for rough skin that I put on sometimes and it is amazing!

December 24, 2007 at 4:05 pm
(9) beauty says:

I think Renova is a milder version of Retin-A and purported to be very effective. Unfortunately, the US medical system is wonky, so it may be difficult to get a prescription, which is why I advise getting it over the counter when out of the country. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any Mexican Websites that will sell it to you. I don’t stockpile because these products supposedly have an expiration date one should stick to and it takes forever to get through just one tube.

December 24, 2007 at 4:18 pm
(10) marica schembbi says:

Hi-never heard of this product, is it possible to have in Malta?

December 24, 2007 at 6:58 pm
(11) KLM says:

In response to comment #3, the key to that case was the fact the patient had a history of Hep C, which obviously impairs the liver’s ability to flush toxins. The patient had probably been well advised about the hazards of taking supplements and medications which were fat-soluble (and therefore could reach toxic levels more easily since her liver isn’t functioning properly, anyhow)–yet likely had not associated the impact of using a topical agent, which is still metabolized through the liver in the end. I think people who have normal functioning livers have much less to worry about where such issues are concerned, although I would suggest if anyone drinks heavily, they have a liver-function test done prior to using such products daily.

December 24, 2007 at 9:07 pm
(12) Rajni says:

Ilove retin A I have been using Retin for 15 years Im 52 years old people never beleive my age they think Im in my 40s, for the past few years I’ve been using Retin A Micro, Its great!! I will never stop using it.

December 25, 2007 at 7:18 am
(13) sara says:

what about strech marks ..?can retin A do something ?

December 26, 2007 at 12:11 am
(14) Penny says:

I have been using Retin A- cream, 0.05% for about 8 years now. I love my skin and get complimented always that I look much younger than I am. I just turned 59 no one believes me. They think my daughter and I are sisters.

Be careful… you don’t need to use a lot.just a pea-sized dot is enough. The only difference between Renova & Retin A is that Renova has moisturizer in it. You can add a bit of your own to the Retin-A. It has always been my secret. Although they tell you not to put it near your eyes.. I put it on the sides of mine and have decreased the crow’s feet. I LOVE RETIN-A !! You must use it everyday.. If you don’t, you will not get the best results. Wait until 3 months (be patient and use it correctly… more is not better), and you won’t believe the difference.
And no, I have no financial interest in the product (I wish I did). It also helps make pre-cancerous spots disappear in time. Good luck everyone… Hope it makes you look younger also…

December 26, 2007 at 2:31 pm
(15) Martha says:

Okay,Now, I want this stuff:) So WHERE do we get it in the states??

December 26, 2007 at 2:51 pm
(16) Kathleen says:

I use the Renova, you need a prescription in the US and can then obtain it at any pharmacy. had a pre-cancerous skin lesion removed and was prescribed this after – it works well.

December 27, 2007 at 7:08 pm
(17) Sharron says:

I use to use Retina but no longer have insurence. Has anyone ever ordered from on-line Canadian Pharmacy? I really want to get some again! Please let me know

December 28, 2007 at 9:18 pm
(18) Kim says:

If this improves elasticity and collegen, then why cant you put it on that thin sin below your eyes?

December 29, 2007 at 12:28 pm
(19) shannon says:

Read the fine print on the Canadian pharmacy websites- I believe that they may get their product from sources outside Canada and certainly not from the US. You may want to be sure it is coming from a reliable source.

December 29, 2007 at 12:30 pm
(20) shannon says:

In my case I used Retin A when it first came out for acne and used it for years afterward. Stopped a few years ago as the med expired and now I can’t get an Rx from my derm since he doesn’t think I need it since I no longer have acne.(I’m 54 and can use all the help I can get). Has anyone an ideas how to get an Rx from anyone other than their derm? Thanks.

January 2, 2008 at 7:01 pm
(21) beauty says:

Some more info on Retin-A: If you are getting a prescription, ask your doc about Renova, or Retin-A Micro. These are versions of Retin-A that were created to combat wrinkles.

It’s best not to use it near the eyes or mouth. So no-go on crow’s feet, ladies. Do not use product if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant while on a vitamin A derivative. Vitamin A is harmful to unborn children. You should wear UV protection in the form of sunscreen and/or hats, so if you live in a sunny climate, be advised that your skin will be extra-sensitive to sun.

January 5, 2008 at 8:21 am
(22) Jeanne says:

You can find Retinol Cream (Vitamin A – 100,000 IU/ounce) in 2 oz. jars from Puritans Pride or vitamins.com for under $10.

January 5, 2008 at 1:12 pm
(23) beauty says:

In regards to Jeanne’s comments, I would be careful purchasing no-name brand vitamin-A derivatives from Puritan’s Pride. You can’t be sure of the product and unless you have researched the ingredients and the company, you’re better off with real Renova/Retin-A/Micro Retin-A. You can purchase Renova or Retin-A online through pharmacies in other countries. This is how I bought Anthelios sunscreen before it came to the US.

January 6, 2008 at 10:05 am
(24) Jeanne says:

With all due respect to Beauty and your expertise, Puritan’s Pride IS NOT a “no-name” product. I have used their Retinol A Cream for many years, with fantastic results, receiving many compliments of how smooth my 55-year-old facial skin feels and looks, with little or no wrinkles, crows feet, etc. They are a HUGE company in NY, and are one of the largest sellers of vitamins & supplements in the country. Yes, their Retinol A Cream is NOT a brand name like Renova or Retin-A, but it is available w/o a Rx, or having to go overseas to get an Rx. How sure can anyone be with an Rx product from an overseas pharmacy, manufactured by what company in what country, obviously NOT overseen by the FDA. If the brand name product from an overseas pharmacy is bad….will you get a refund? With all the problems recently found in toys and other products from overseas, I would quite frankly, be very scared putting a product on my skin that comes from where…China, India, or some 3rd world country with NO oversight? Puritan’s Pride offers a Money Back Guarantee, a company I can contact right in NY. In the end, the product I use works on me, is readily available w/o an Rx from a reputable US company, and because it is not a highly advertised “brand name”, the price is inexpensive. The ingredients are printed right on the label, and if I’m not mistaken, can be viewed prior to purchase using their website. As a matter of fact, I am ordering some today, as they have a sale going on…Buy 2, get 3 FREE, so I will get 5 – 2oz. jars for $19.90 + S&H, for a total of under $24!!

January 6, 2008 at 6:55 pm
(25) beauty says:

Hi Jeanne,
It’s awesome that you have found an anti-aging product that you adore and for such a great price.

But let me do a better job of explaining my point, as I’ve done some research on this and I do not want to steer my readers wrong.

There is a big difference in Retin-A and over-the-counter vitamin A products. Retin-A contains tretinoin, proven much more effective in treating wrinkles than Retinol, the main ingredient in Puritan’s Pride and most OTC products (see Retinol vs. Retin-A http://www.smartskincare.com/smartchoices/myths/myth_retinol_retina.html see also this article comparing the two http://www.paulaschoice.com.au/learn/article.asp?ID=28&PAGETYPE=ART&REFER=SKIN).

What happened is many companies tried to ride the hype of Retin-A when it came out. There are dozens and dozens of Vitamin A products on the market. But the facts are, they just aren’t as effective. The articles above go into extensive detail why. Simply put, they don’t contain tretinoin. If you look at your ingredient list, you’ll notice it’s missing tretinoin.

While you’re right that you have to know what you’re buying when you buy from Canada or Mexico, if you want the results that you’d get from Retin-A, then you need to buy Retin-A (or Renova or Retin-A Micro). You are simply not going to get the same results from an OTC vitamin A product.


January 7, 2008 at 1:30 pm
(26) Penny says:

Hi, this is Penny with my 2 cents again. I definitely agree with Julyne. I have tried OTC products and there is no comparison! And yes, I do use it right under my eyes and on the sides of my eyes to eliminate crows feet. In my opinion, you are advised to “omit” those areas as well as your mouth because it could burn! I am just very careful after applying it and do not rub my eyes or go to bed immediately.
I am older than most of you responding (59) and I can tell you that many people think I had some “work” done on my face.
Most any dermatolgist will give you a script for it. However, my regular doc does also. He knows it is important to me and thankfully, I just have a small co-pay.
I used to have lots of freckles and I have none left. My skin is smooth, clear and wonderful. I wish the rest of me looked as good.lol
The best of luck to all who try it. Just remember, more is not better. Pea-sized is plenty and add a bit of moisturizer if using the Retin-A. I use the 0.05 cream.
You will love the feel of your face within 3 months of daily use.
Sorry to be verbose but I just LOVE IT !!
Penny :-)

January 9, 2008 at 10:19 am
(27) Brenda says:

I have Puritan’s Pride Vitamin A also. They are a very reputable company and have many excellent products.

January 9, 2008 at 10:25 am
(28) Brenda says:

I am 56 years old and was told just the other day, by an 18 year old that I look like I am 28!! But in all fairness, I started preparing for this when I was in my 20′s. The trick is to use anti-aging products before you get wrinkles. This makes it harder for them to peep through and surprise you one morning when you look in the mirror. Whatever you use, use it early!!!

January 15, 2008 at 10:09 am
(29) Judi says:

Listen to PENNY!!She knows what she is taking about, if it doesn’t contain TRETINOIN your not getting precsription strength! Consult a dermotologist he will tell you the same.
We all have tried so many products and when I new one comes out, we want to believe THIS will be the one.
The word you must look for is “TRETINOIN”
A great website some of you would really enjoy is Paula Begoun(I think I have spelled her last name right)Look it up she will tell you exactely about cosmetic ingredients.

March 8, 2008 at 9:54 pm
(30) bethany says:

I am a long-time Retin-A/Renova user, and nothing OTC compares to the Rx strength. The best drugstore OTC I have found is Neutrogena (usually the closest to pharmaceutical grade). I have ordered my Rx versions from medsmex.com for at least 7 years with no problems. However, Julyne said “It’s the only medicine on the market that’s actually proven to boost collagen production”…that may be true for “medicines” but there is a “non-medicine” option that should be considered. Copper peptides consistently outperform both Retinoic Acid and Vit C for building collagen in clinical studies. Not all copper peptides are the same…look for 1st generation peptides licensed by ProCyte (Neova, Neutrogena Visibly Firm), or the stronger, more stable 2nd generation copper peptides by Skin Biology (developed by the same guy that patented the 1st gen peptides and started ProCyte). Copper Peptides must be worked into slowly though, but are extremely effective in skin remodeling. I am now using both, and seeing great success.

March 8, 2008 at 10:09 pm
(31) beauty says:

Bethany is correct about copper peptides. The CP apparently is great coupled with Retin-A products, reducing irritation. Check out this article for more information: http://www.smartskincare.com/treatments/topical/copper.html

March 11, 2008 at 8:40 pm
(32) Susan Garnett says:

This will be my first time using Retin-A. I am 60 and the lines in my face are starting to show. I live in Mexico, so I can buy it over the counter, but I need to know what stength. I know to add a pea size amount to my moisturizer for easier coverage. I also need to know whether to apply it once or twice daily. Can I also use a self-tanning product at intervals? Thanks!!!!

March 12, 2008 at 12:31 pm
(33) beauty says:

Hi Susan, there are two types, .025 and .05 (or is it .25 & .5?) anyway, I use the .05. Apply once, at night before you go to bed. Rinse face in the morning. If you have sensitive skin, opt for the lighter (.025) and apply once every other night. Yes, you can use self-tanners, but it’s very, very important that you also wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun as much as possible. I’d advise a hat.

May 18, 2008 at 12:01 pm
(34) r says:

Can you use Retin-A foer wrinkles,with any
other cream,Use retin a in the night time,
then use a diffrent face cream in the daytime?

May 19, 2008 at 1:20 pm
(35) Heather Dawn says:

I am 33 and I have been using Retin -A .05 for over 3 months now for acne and my skin is actually worse. The break outs are arger, redder and deeper and the pores around my nose are larger and redder.

I know that it said it may get worse before better but does this sound familiar to anyone who has been using this product for a long time???

May 19, 2008 at 2:48 pm
(36) JaneD says:

Hi – I have used Retin-A off and on since my 20s and I am so thankful! I DID NOT use it during pregnancy or while I was nursing and so I have gone through the readjustment period more than once. Here are some tips:

1 – It does take at least 3 months to get through the red peeling skin and breakouts. I know those times are tough, but bear with it.

2-make sure your face is DRY before applying at night (as the instructions state – wait about 20-30 mins. before applying after you have washed your face)

3-keep the product away from the creases around your nose and your hairline and only use a PEA-SIZED amount — more is NOT better — it will irritate your skin much worse. I take a pea-sized dot on my index finger and dot the product on my forehead, chin, nose, and cheeks, then blend.

4 – If you are experiencing a lot of irritation apply the product every other night until the irritation calms down. I also put a little Jojoba oil in with my cleanser (Cetaphil) and pat some on my face (with water) to calm down the irritation (you can get pure jojoba oil at most health stores). You might also try a little green tea or chamomile tea splashed on your face if you can tolerate those things. Ask your dermatologist for a moisturizer or another product you can use to manage the dry skin and so forth.

5 – You MUST use a sunscreen (don’t trust your foundation to do the job either) — protect the investment you are making in your new, great skin!

6 – If you can tolerate it — dot some on your neck and decollete.

7 – If it has been over 3 mos. and your face is still irritated (and you are not making the common mistakes I mentioned above) talk to your dermatologist. Perhaps you need a different strength or to use the Micro Gel rather than the original cream formulation.

This is a good product with results worth all the effort. In a few months you will be SO HAPPY that you stuck with it! I have enlarged pores, blackheads and breakouts (and I’m 40 now) — all are significantly improved to the point that I hardly need any moisturizer or makeup!!

Last, but not least, I order my products from Granville Pharmacy in Canada. I have used them for the past 3 years without incident – I highly recommend them.

Hope this helps!

May 19, 2008 at 2:55 pm
(37) JaneD says:

One more thing I would add is this — if you can stick with the Retin A routine you will get a payoff in that most likely, you won’t need any other products. A good cleanser, sunscreen, and Retin A and you are golden. (Maybe a moisturizer for special circumstances – like a Minnesota winter?) If you buy the product in Canada you can get it at a significantly reduced amount. My prescription strength purchased at the local Walgreens was going to be $180 a tube. I bought 3 tubes of the .1% cream (NOT generic either) at Granville’s for $56 TOTAL. That’s a major WOW in my book!

May 19, 2008 at 2:59 pm
(38) JaneD says:

I almost forgot — while you are peeling and going through the transition phase, be extra gentle to your skin when cleansing. Don’t pick at it or scrub it hard to remove the peeling skin. You may find some of the skin will slough off when you are in the shower and you have a significant amount of moisture on your face (I can kind of rub my face with my fingers and the peeling skin will ball up and come off). Any other scrubbing will just irritate things and prolong your pain. I also sometimes use some plain vegetable glycerin on my face (mix with water) to dab on and control the peeling too. Just keep it simple and don’t complicate matters with a ton of different products that might irritate you. You can get food grade natural vegetable glycerin at most health-food stores. It is a great moisturizer all over too!

May 19, 2008 at 3:50 pm
(39) JaneD says:

Okay – I swear this is the last post. The lotion I used to use with Retin A was Complex 15. I have never used another moisturizer like it – you can still get it at drugstore.com. It is WONDERFUL, light and so effective. My derm told me about it and he was right on! (That was back in the day before derms tried to sell you their own lines of potions at a premium!)

May 19, 2008 at 4:57 pm
(40) donnam says:

I am just starting to use renova and really want to order from either the canadian pharmacy or the pharmacy in mexico because of the price. However – I am really afraid of the regulations or lack there of I should say – this is something I am putting on my face.

May 31, 2008 at 11:06 am
(41) jcook says:

I have just discovered this site and I’m so glad! I’m 58 and just started trying to research skin care for the first time in my life (I started in December ’07). I am using retin a 0.1% that I buy from http://www.medsmex.com. I cannot afford it from my pharmacy–. you do not need a prescription. It costs $36 including shipping.

I highly (also) recommend http://www.cosmeticscop.com–Paula Bedoun has done amazing research.

I have not heard of the copper peptides and will go looking :)

I have bad sun damage–and have only been using the retin a for 4 mo now–and don’t ‘see’ a lot of difference–but can feel a change in my skin. But–I know i’m way late in starting this. I’ll continue because I know it’s the best treatment for my skin—aside from constant sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection! :)

Good luck to all.


May 31, 2008 at 11:22 am
(42) jcook says:

One question–could someone tell me which copper peptide product to use–and exactly how to use it with the use of retin a? –and where’s the best place to buy the cp product? thanks

June 2, 2008 at 8:01 pm
(43) Suzanne says:

jcook..I bought a tube of Retin-A a few months ago while in Mexico but am afriad to use it..is 0.1 strong? That’s the strength I purchased as well. What kind of reactions did you experience if any?

June 5, 2008 at 4:08 pm
(44) redsky23 says:

Retin-A is such a wonderful product to be use,I will never stop using it.This cream was recommended by my family doctor.He has been using it for more than 10 years.He’s in his late 50′s but looks rather like early 40′s.As for myself, I have been using it for 3 years,its works very good in blackheads and wrinkles on my face. You need to be patience to let it works on the skin. You are sure to see good results after 6 months to 12 months. Over these 3 years I am using Retin-A 0.05% and it proved good results. I came to know about Micro Retin-A recently, I wish to know more and the different between these both products.

June 7, 2008 at 9:25 am
(45) jcook says:

Suzanne–I have not had any problem with that strength–but you might at first. If you pull up sites about how to use Retin A (www.cosmeticscop.com is excellent–go to Learn on her home page)–they will all say to start out using it only every 3rd day or so. And always use only a pea sized amount for the entire face. I am also using an AHA product before I use the retin a. I know–you only have no choice in strength when you order from the Mexico site. Go slowly–if you experiece lots of redness and irritation–back off. But–do go to the site I gave you–or just search Retin a-side effects online. Good luck!


June 7, 2008 at 9:28 am
(46) jcook says:

Go back to DEc 26 at 12:11 to what Penny says. She gives a good explanation about Retin A Micro

July 7, 2008 at 9:35 am
(47) Rose Brantley says:

I’ve been using Retin A since 1989 when I had adult acene. I’ve seen no side effects. I have great skin. No wrinkles and I’m in my 60′s.

July 8, 2008 at 12:37 am
(48) Jaz says:

I am 25 and have used Retin A on occassion (not for acne) for smooth skin. Is it bad to use the cream at my age? I apply sunscreen every day as I live in Arizona.

July 16, 2008 at 12:23 am
(49) becky says:

I just started using Retin a. Should I use a moisturizer while using this product? Or is it better to let the skin dry out? I live in DRY Colorado and have to use a moisturizer at least twice a day. Will the moisturizer cancel out the effects of the retin a?

July 18, 2008 at 2:33 pm
(50) SuSu says:

I am 60 and have used Retin-A since my 30′s! The dermatologist who prescribed it said to use it ‘FROM NOW ON” and I have! I had two facials done recently and both times was asked what I use on my skin…..and told that my skin was in remarkable condition for someone my age. I use soap & water and .1% every night….a small amt. because of the cost. It is the ONE product I will not do without, however, because I KNOW it works. my dermatologist said to even use it under my eyes…..after years of use, I have no redness or problems with any type of irritation. I had a good deal of acne even into my 30′s…..and had too much sun exposure from being a lifeguard for many years….so to be complimented on my skin now makes me feel great….but I have to give the credit to Retin-A. Now TELL me how safe the Canadian site “Granville” is that I have read about.

July 19, 2008 at 6:05 pm
(51) DL says:

I have just begun to use Retin-A. I have been using it on the sun damage on my arms for the past two weeks. So far, no irritation, but I know that the skin on the arms is very different than the face. A friend of mine says to decrease irritation on her face, she first applies lotion to her face, lets it dry for 30 minutes and then applies a pea size portion of the retin-a to her face. I would like to try this, but this application is different than what the manufacture recommends. Has anyone applied retin-a in this manner?

July 20, 2008 at 1:29 pm
(52) Ellen says:

Well I just rec’d my first order of Retin-A cream from medsmex.com I paid $16.95 for a 40 gm tube of .05% strength. I’m 52 and unfortunately just beginning with Retin-A. I’ve been using Prevage MD for about 6 months and now will try these in combination. Medsmex charges $10 flat shipping rates and I got my order in about 4 days (I’m in California). Not bad plus I was able to order my dogs allergy meds too for $3.48 each!

July 21, 2008 at 6:04 pm
(53) Manon says:

I have been using Retin-A for the past 14 years, I am now 48 years old going on 34 (again):)
It’s the best beauty product I have ever used in my life. I don’t know the cost in the US, but here in Canada it’s sell for 30$ (25) which is more than affordable.

July 21, 2008 at 11:47 pm
(54) shona says:

hai jenny,

m jus 28 years is it safe to use Retin-a my skin is vry sensitive…..pleazzzzzzzzzzzzz suggest me. and from where can i buy it…….m from india

July 28, 2008 at 9:11 pm
(55) sasse1kc says:

My dermatologist prescribed it when I asked what I could do about some of the wrinkles I am getting (I am 40). She asked “Are you using Retin-A yet?”, as if everyone does. :) It is for cosmetic use only, obviously, so insurance does not cover it, but it is less expensive than a lot of the OTC options out there that don’t even work. I have only been using it for a few months but can tell a difference – can’t wait til it’s been a year, want to see how it improves my skin.

Anyway, my point is, ask your dermatologist for it, I would be surprised if they would not give you a prescription (barring any health conflicts).Good luck, ladies, and stay gorgeous!

August 5, 2008 at 4:33 pm
(56) Mary says:

Retin-A is a magnificent product! I am an Aesthetician and prescribe it to patients all the time. I just began using it myself last week, and so far am pleased.
If you don’t have/want a Dermatologist, go to a Med-Spa! They will have Obagi, so they will have the Tretinoin. It is not necessary to get a prescription with all the Med-spas around! It is safe to use, and the nurse or Esthetician can guide you to the proper application.

August 8, 2008 at 12:59 pm
(57) Rachael says:

I’ve used retin-a for about a year now. I’m 37 and get id’ed for beer, people are astonished to find out my age..and this all started after I began using this stuff. My skin is so acclimated I can just put 2 pea size portions on every night and never any burning or redness.I did suffer for almost 4 mos with peeling and redness though before it got to this point. I will never,ever go without. And I no longer sink lots of money into useless creams and potions. I do use University Facelift cream though in the winter..that stuff is awesome too.

August 21, 2008 at 2:30 am
(58) Lara says:

Hi, I just started using Retin A micro 0.04% and I am 39. I get the adult cyst hormone acne and the blackheads as well. I have sun damage on my chest so can I use the retin A micro on my chest? Does anyone here use it on their neck and chest as well. I have been told that long term use of retin A thins the skin and causes little broken blood vessels? Is this true? I was using Tazarac but I was told that is the harshest of retin a’s. So they said to switch to retin A Micro is this true? If anyone can help with my questions I would appreciate it so much. Thank you.

September 8, 2008 at 2:07 pm
(59) Lynn says:

I LOVE this website. I have been using Renova .25 & .5 for many years and EVERYONE says I look at least 10-15 years younger. I’m 52 and look in my late 30′s – or so I’m told. For normal day to day, I use .25 daily, but sometimes when I need a little extra umph, I switch to .05 – like when I need a brown spot that needs an extra push to disappear. I don’t have one wrinkle and even though I don’t put anything under my eyes, I do put a little dot on the crow’s feet and it definitely helps – The crow’s feet never goes away 100%, but a tremendous amount is gone. For me, I don’t need any exra moisturizer.. it is already in the Renova. All I use is Renova and Neutrogena Dry Touch Sun Block 55. I tried putting it under my eyes, and I didn’t like the results.

I do have 2 questions though. What is the difference between Retin-A and Renova?

The next question is..this is silly but.. I’m 52 and even though my face is great, I’m starting to get that soft, extra, saggy skin below my chin and on my neck.. Does anyone have any recommendations to get rid of it?

September 13, 2008 at 11:59 am
(60) Randall651 says:

One of the most famous plastic surgeons in NYC told me about two female patients from South America. They were sisters in their mid-30s. The doctor told me the women had the most beautiful skin he’d ever seen and he’s seen thousands of women as patients. He asked them what skin care they used. They told him that as young women they had acne and that they had been using Retin-A for about 20 years. The doctor tried it on himself but overdid it and his face turned all red. You have to ramp up slowly.

September 16, 2008 at 9:39 pm
(61) Bill says:

Iv’e been using Retin-a for about a year now for acne and have had pretty good results. I’m 21 and have had acne for about 4 yrs. The problem is that i went on a cruise when i started using it, my sunscreen washed off and i got pretty burnt about 8 months ago. I’m worried that i damaged my skin for good. I also heard that Retin-a can give you broken capillaries on your face, is this true or are these people way off? Thank you.

September 17, 2008 at 10:35 pm
(62) Salty says:

I love Retin-A. I have acne prone skin and it really smoothes it out. I have used it for years and buy all of mine from Mexico. My mom goes once a year to stock up on drugs. I’ve had very good luck with it, at a fraction of the cost. I have neglected my neck and am now consistently putting it on at night. My neck didn’t look nearly as good as my face, so I’m looking forward to the improvement.

September 26, 2008 at 10:24 pm
(63) Stacey says:

So whats the verdict on Bill’s question. Has anyone else ever noticed broken capillaries from retin a because im starting to notice some small red veins near my eyes and nose. Is this from using retin-a for 2 years?

October 11, 2008 at 3:48 pm
(64) Ozlem says:

I was wondering if it can be used on the neck area. How often do you put it on? My doctor prescribed a 5 day rotation use at the beginning (1/2 hrs. on first day, 1 hr. 5 days later, etc.)I just wondered if it’s the same with everybody. Thanks.

October 21, 2008 at 10:06 pm
(65) Valerie says:

I’ve been doing quite a bit of research about anti-aging creams and it seems that Retin-A can be a bit rough on your skin. It can also make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

I found this really interesting site that talks about different wrinkle creams and they have a page that tells all about the ingredients and what they do. The part that really caught my attention was about Ascorbyl Palmitate. It seems that Ascorbyl Palmitate has similar results to Retin-A, but without the side effects.Anyway here is a link to the page that talks about Ascorbyl Palmitate. Anti-Wrinkle-Reviews.net/secret.php

October 22, 2008 at 10:58 am
(66) beauty says:

I was at a wedding this weekend with a prominent NYC plastic surgeon who asked me about my favored beauty products. I told him Retin-A was my hands-down favorite and he said, “Oh yes, Retin-A is the best.”

Despite all the new lotions and potions and lasers over the years, Retin-A still comes out near the top and is on the list of so many prominent dermatologists. It’s a miracle worker as far as I’m concerned.

Yes, it can be rough on skin initially and yes, you have to be careful about the sun while on it. But staying out of the sun is the one true way to prevent wrinkles.

People who are unsatisfied with Retin-A products tend to give up on it too quickly due to the initial peeling and redness. It takes up to 6 weeks to see real results and 6 months for fine lines to start disappearing.


November 5, 2008 at 1:58 am
(67) colette says:

My doc TOLD me to use it under my eyes and around my lips..just be careful and don’t use a lot. With Retin A a little does go along way. Also, I mix a little face cream with it (as another person mentioned). It keeps you skin from becoming too dry. Most docs will prescribe, for wrinkles–, although it was originally prescribed for acne.

November 16, 2008 at 11:29 pm
(68) liverpool says:

Re: question 42- I’ve been using tretinoin (retin A) for about 2 months. After applying it, I wait about an hour and apply NEOVA ( a copper peptide product ) to the driest areas. Has anyone else tried this ?

November 17, 2008 at 12:00 pm
(69) Ollie says:

I have been using .05% for a couple weeks. I wash my face at night and slather an olive oil and cocoa butter cream all over my face. I wait about half an hour then I dot a pea size amount all over my face and blend. LET YOUR FACE DRY AND DONT USE ANY MORE THAN A PEA SIZE! I did that only 2 times and my face was tight, burned, peeled and a little swollen for over a week! This “scare:” is why I out the moisturizer on first. Also, don’t put it on your lips – it makes them thick and peel beyond belief – this coming from a girl with perpetual chapped lips.

I am interested in the copper peptide combination. anybody?

November 17, 2008 at 12:58 pm
(70) liverpool says:

I would think that putting moisturizer on before the retin a would seriously inhibit its effectiveness. I’m wondering if putting it on after the retin a slows down the action of the retin a. I’d like to continue using the
Neova because it corrects loss of elasticity and prevents “sagging” (those lovely Howdy Doody lines).My daytime regimen is vitamin c based and wouldn’t combine well with the copper peptides.
Any thouhts , anyone?

November 19, 2008 at 12:00 am
(71) liverpool says:

Me again. Does anyone apply a moisturizer after putting on the retin a ? If so , have you found this method to diminish the effectiveness of the retin a ?

November 19, 2008 at 12:22 am
(72) beauty says:


The best person to ask, of course, would be a dermatologist who’s studied the effects of retinoids. But I can speak to my own experience and what I’ve found in research….

I’ve been using Retin-A for years and because it is so drying (Renova is more moisturizing, but I get Retin-A so cheap in Mexico, it’s worth it to me), I always use moisturizer before or after and I see no difference.

I’ve seen articles where it’s recommended to use Retin-A with moisturizer. I think your skin soaks it up no matter what and it’s going to work no matter what else you use.

Hope that helps,

November 19, 2008 at 9:51 pm
(73) liverpol says:

Thanks Julyne! I did,of course, ask my derm these questions and he felt that moisturizing would have minimal or no effect.
Still, it’s always good to talk to people who have actually tried something . I also use plain tretinoin for the savings.
Thanks again for your input.

December 16, 2008 at 5:20 pm
(74) nicholette says:

I tried ordering Retin-A online through Granville Pharmacy in Canada and was told that I need a prescription. I got the impression from the blog that you did not need prescription to it online from granville in Canada and Medsmex in Mexico. Help Please.

December 17, 2008 at 12:25 pm
(75) Andrea says:

I disagree. I used Renova for about a year. I didn’t see noticeable results with it. In fact, after awhile it made my skin irritated and sensitive. It also made my skin flakey which is tends to do since it sloughs the dead skin off your face. Keep in mind I wasn’t slathering it all over my face either. It’s not a wrinkle remover. In fact there is no wrinkle cream on the market that will remove your wrinkles. They are all scams and I’ve tried a few of them to prove it. Retin A or Renova works well for some people but not everyone. I wouldn’t waste my money on it again. Botox injections is the only thing that takes significant wrinkles away.

December 28, 2008 at 9:07 pm
(76) maureen stehle says:

In my last comment (which I just reread),I was a little unclear.My derm said that using moisturizer after applying the retin a would not diminish its effectiveness. He did suggest waiting a 1/2 hour before applying the moisturizer.
Andrea, retin a is not a scam. I have been using it for just short of 4 months and the difference is incredible. I too had issues with flakiness and dry skin , but I realize now that it was my own ineptitude.
To anyone out there who is considering trying tretinoin or retin a – DO IT ! You’ll be glad you did.

February 12, 2009 at 12:51 am
(77) Caroline says:

Does anyone know if you can use OTC Retinol while breastfeeding? I am using that now but am concerned since it is a Vit A derivative. How could it harm the baby?

February 19, 2009 at 7:47 am
(78) Dan says:

I had severe acne with scarring as a teenager, lived in the Virgin Islands where I had WAY too much sun exposure, and now live in Colorado which is a very dry climate. I’m of Scandinavian heritage and fair to boot! I’m now 52 and my dermatologist has me using Retin-A and CeraVe lotion. It’s been 4 months, and things have come along nicely, though initially my face was very red and flaky. Do check out CeraVe (I have no affiliation with the company). It’s available at walgreens and is a miracle! As a consultant in the medical profession, it’s important to look my best. Retin-A works!

February 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm
(79) Laureli says:

Just started using rentin-a (Trentinoin) @ 0.025%, 45 grams to help with wrinkles on my face and neck. I have used it two nights in a row and do not have redness, peeling or feel burning or have any negative results at all. Does anyone think that this dosage is not STRONG enough for me or will the burning, redening and peeling effects eventually come on with more usage at this current dose? I am so wanting it to work on the slight lines and wrinkles I am starting to see at age 45!

February 28, 2009 at 11:52 am
(80) Maggie says:

Hi, I just got some Renova while on vacation and plan to start using it in a few days. My skin is on the sensitive side so I got the .025 and .05 so hopefully I can increase the dose when I build some tolerance. I have a couple questions I was hoping someone could answer. Directions say a pea size amount– that seems like such a small amount to be able to spread out over my whole face especially is my face is dry… any suggestions? Also, since Renova will make my skin peel is it worth it to try and use a self tanner (for faces) during the day? With summer coming I was hoping to have some kind of color besides red and peeling… any suggestions would be most appreciated! Thanks

March 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm
(81) Susan says:

Maggie, Iím 41 and itís been exactly 3 months since using Renova at 0.02%. At night I cleanse my face, allow 20 minutes to dry, apply pea-size to face including careful application under eyes and crows feet area. I also use some on my neck. You will get even coverage with experience. Just try to dab it uniformly. Then I wait exactly one hour before moisturizing. I canít believe how incredibly great my face looks! All of my sunspots and sun damage around and above my cheeks are completely gone. My skin is as soft as a babyís skin and my pores are small. I used to have wrinkles across my neck but the Renova tightened my neck and it looks great. I took before and after pictures and was amazed with the transformation in 3 months time. I do however have to be careful of the sun. If I donít wear sunscreen my skin will burn and peel. I wear a hat and I use a sunscreen product called SkinCeuticals SPF 30 recommended by my dermatologist every morning, pea sized amount. It doesnít irritate the skin like some sunscreens do. It has zinc oxide which makes your skin a little white until it gets absorbed. Hereís my solution for facial color, because now I notice my face is a nice creamy color, but the rest of me is tan. I either apply a self-tanner, or use foundation. A make-up professional at a cosmetic counter helped me select a foundation that matched the rest of my skin. (Estee Lauder Nutritious line $30). If Iím investing time and $ in my face, I might as well paint that canvas beautiful.
Dan, I also use the CeraVe cleanser and lotion, as well Vanicream (ugly name but great product) Ė no irritation whatsoever.
I also use Botox for my forehead wrinkles. They have all disappeared.
Hope this helps and good luck everyone!

March 3, 2009 at 1:43 am
(82) Susan says:

I think I solved my facial lack of color issue after applying the Skin Ceuticals sunscreen. Blend your pea size amount of sunscreen with a small dab of foundation to your face and neck. A simple time saver!! And it looks natural with the rest of my skin tone.

March 3, 2009 at 6:11 am
(83) Bubbles says:

I was lucky enough to have been prescribed Retin A for pretty horrible acne at the age of 16. I have used it on and off since then. (I’d go off it for a couple of months at a time, most years since then). I will be 50 in a month and people think I am 35. Of course, the exercise helps too, but I look great and I know it and thank you, Retin A. A few tiny lines under my eyes these days, like most 35 year olds! Another trick is to use an AHA in conjunction. During the day. But I only do this in winter because the spf in makeup is okay in winter but not adequate in summer and so the AHA is discarded in favour of a 30+ sunscreen. Wish I’d used Retin A on my arms.

March 4, 2009 at 10:22 am
(84) Maggie says:

Susan thank you so much for all the info! Your success is an inspiration. Okay here is another question… the wrinkles that bother me the most are the ones I have around my mouth. Not the ones that come down from the nose but the ones that turn down from the corners of the mouth like a frown. I hate those!! Has anyone had luck with rentin-A for those types of wrinkles?

March 10, 2009 at 4:56 pm
(85) Maggie says:

I’ve been using Renova for three months and still have tremendous peeling. I’ve always had dry skin. Is that contributing to the peeling? I use a teeny tiny amount and have been using moisturizer about 30 minutes after application. I’ve also noticed that my skin peels in areas that were not touched by the Renova. Thoughts?

March 11, 2009 at 6:10 pm
(86) monica says:

please can someone tell me where I can buy vegetable glycerin in South Africa?

March 17, 2009 at 10:33 am
(87) Ces says:

Hello Everyone, I am glad lots of people out there share the same experience as I do. I have been using Retin A for the last 20 years since I was 28. I dont use it all year round, I use it 3 months in a row and then stop for the next few months and use it again when I feel my skin needs rejuvenating. I love it and never will stop using it. I used to work for a Dermatologist that mixes this product and I got to learn how to make it and where to buy the active ingredient. So guys if you are interested, I have a Retinoic Acid at .05% strength enhanced with lactic acid and it works like magic. I sell this product only to friends and their friends and their friends. So if anyone interested, send me a buzz at corina@naturevine.com.

March 17, 2009 at 10:40 am
(88) Ces says:

Hi all, my other email address is beautyx@bigpond.net.au if you guys want to get the Retinoic Acid I make as a beauty therapist. It’s a great product.

March 18, 2009 at 9:17 am
(89) ron says:

Hi guys thanks for all this good info. Im 35 and look about 25 but wanna start something now for my skin. Problem is i work outside and that seems to be a problem if i start retin a. i can wear hats and stuff but sometimes its unavoidable. Is sun block enough?

March 18, 2009 at 1:04 pm
(90) beauty says:

Hey Ron,

Yes, you can protect your skin with heavy-duty sunscreen! Just be sure to reapply several times a day and make sure it’s at least SPF 40.

You can skip using it during the summer and use Retin-A or Renova in the late fall through early Spring.


March 21, 2009 at 9:07 am
(91) ron says:

Thanks Beauty. What is the best approach to lessen the initial irratation? I have read the above post addressing the issue. What do you think? Every other day and mix it with a moisterizer. or can I start every 3 day and so on. Will that help? Thanks again.

March 23, 2009 at 12:52 am
(92) Moniccha says:

Hi there, i used retin a .025% for 6 months n loved the result..my skin become healthier,younger,n smaller pores..i used to apply Bha 2% frm Paula’ choice before n then applying some moistrzer after retin a..
In my country i pay it only for $3.5 w/ presc

March 23, 2009 at 2:47 am
(93) Moniccha says:

Sorry,i mean without prescription i get retin a .025% 20gr for only $3.5,thank god..btw i’m in indonesia n 32 years old but everyone thought me still in college..
Is it true that 1 tube of retin a is only efective about in a month n we have to change new

March 23, 2009 at 9:37 am
(94) Maggie says:

I’m a week into this and having a lot of irritation. I think I will skip tonight. I got irritation on my neck and I didn’t even put the cream there…. odd. Hey does anybody know WHY the skin must be so dry (wait 30 mins)before application? Just curious. One night I only waited ten mins as I was really tired and I am wondering if that set off all this irritation? Thoughts anyone? Also what have you ladies used to calm irritation in the early days of getting used to retin-a? My moisturizer is burning a bit. It’s Eucerine Redness Relief.

March 24, 2009 at 4:02 am
(95) Moniccha says:

Hi maggie..maybe your cleanser or another skincare make irritation getting worst..i only used a mild cleanser from paula’s choice its really helped,no toner or astringent,alcohol free,moist that wont clog pore..etc

March 31, 2009 at 6:18 am
(96) Toni says:

I have been using Retin-A-Micro for over 13 years and absolutely love it. I’ll use it as long as I can afford it or live, which ever comes first. For those struggling with the side effects, just get through the first seven weeks!!!! I had read that when I first tried it and it was so true. After seven weeks all the soreness (my face felt like raw meat-although it looked fine) and itching went away. I now can use it (.04% gel) in the morning and evening and it feels just like putting on face lotion.

Hang in there. If you can get through the discomfort the effects are well worth it.

April 6, 2009 at 5:22 am
(97) Harry Axe says:

I look great! I have also been a model for a youth brand and I’m 34!

I love this product!

April 29, 2009 at 3:32 am
(98) cowgirl says:

Hi everyone. I am an avid Retin-a user. I first started in my early 30′s – for adult csytic acne(which my derm said I will not grow out of) and have been using it for over 20 years. If you have acne when you start…hang in there-it WILL get worse and then clear up! I also used it in combination with Azelex cream(for acne). I continue to use R-a almost every night…and I do sometimes add a moisturizer, still great results. I have ordered from Canada for years-I receive EXACTLY the same tube that I received in the states. I also order from Mexico-same tube. My tip: start using it early and keep on using it & USE SUNSCREEN! Canada price-40 gr tube-approx $40. Mexico-$30.all depending on strength. So glad this site is here-thanks for sharing. Happy skin…happy faces

April 29, 2009 at 8:37 am
(99) Stephen says:

I’m 58 male and wish I knew how effective this was. I take Cyprenil for 17 yr which is a deprenyl product that extends life by 50% and I can say I feel physically like 21, no aches, pain, disease and sleep perfectly. But my skin has aged with wrinkles because I work outdoors for 40 yrs. My skin is taught and no sags. I don’t think retin a will eliminate all my wrinkles but I have discovered a fantastic chemical peel that literally reduces deep line wrinkles almost 95% or more. I will get this 1st then continue with retin a. The peel is called the Hetter Peel. Check out the pictures of before and after.
it’s been around 9 yr but is still very rare.
Cyprenil source http://www.cyto-pharma.com/cyprenil.htm this stuff extended life in rats and dogs when given to the animals who were the equivalent of 60 yr old in human terms and it still worked. Don’t drink coffee with it. The only side effect which causes a stiff neck.

May 17, 2009 at 10:24 am
(100) Curious says:

To the Author:

Out of curiosity, what is the name of the brand of Tretinoin that you get from Mexico? Is it just a generic name such as Retacnyl? I see that you can order it rather cheaply online however I don’t know how safe that is? Is there a specific location in Mexico that you trust to get your medicine from? If so, where?

Thanks for the help!

June 6, 2009 at 10:58 pm
(101) james says:

i’m 33 now with some sun damage and some acne again. I used retin a when i was 15 years old for a couple of years and it worked great then. now as my skin is older and has been exposed to the sun it is showing. So my derm put me back on retin a micro. Been using it for a week and have some redness and irritation, but i can hang in there, because i know the results will be worth it.

July 8, 2009 at 2:40 pm
(102) M Wallace says:

Hello All! Retin A is a GREAT thing that helps reduce acne, soften wrinkles, exfoliates, reduces big pores and eats away blackheads. I think alot of people stop using it when they see there skin getting red and flaking, but this is pretty normal. Just know in a few weeks the redness will stop and if it doesn’t, make an appt with your doctor.I would suggest using it every other night, instead of every night if this happens to you. Only use a pea size amount for your whole face because it is strong stuff. You can even mix that small amount with your moisturizer if your skin gets too irritated. Oh and remember to where a good facial sunscreen EVERYDAY or your face will fry! As far as putting it on stretch marks, the only thing that a doctor can do is cut them out OR if they are red, there are lasers that can lighten them a little. Sucks I know. Good luck everyone!

July 20, 2009 at 1:31 pm
(103) Lani says:

I used Retin A as a teenager for four years to help clear acne. After about six weeks of initial redness and peeling, it worked beautifully as long as I stayed out of the sun.

As an adult, now in my early 30s, I’ve suffered from mild-to-moderate acne, and have periodically used Retin A to clear my skin. Today, after four years without it, I finally got a new prescription from my dermatologist. He said that my history with Retin A shows in my face — I have dewy, elastic, youthful skin at age 34 with no signs of wrinkles. You really can’t beat a product that clears acne and slows aging!

I second the recommendations to mix Retin A with a moisturizer. I mix a very small dab of it with Oil of Olay’s Regenerating Serum, which is very lightweight and non-greasy. The mixture makes sure I smooth a very light layer of Retin A all over my face and neck, and it really helps keep my skin from drying out. I have found that if I don’t use the moisturizer, my skin gets very raw and flaky. (I also blend my liquid foundation with the serum, which makes it more sheer and my foundation lasts twice as long!)

August 9, 2009 at 8:35 pm
(104) Dawn says:

I’m amazed by all these compliments on Retin A and wish I had the same experience. I have had adult acne since I was 25….I’m now almost 35, used every product out there including antiboitics and Accutane, using Retin A 1% gel for the last 4 yrs and still have frequent break outs…..It hasn’t improved my overrall complexion as well….my skin is oily but because of the Retin A, I often get dry patches and crusted scabs from popped whiteheads. Everyone is different so don’t expect the same results as someone else. My acne battle has been long and hard……I’m now just managing the best I can and can’t wait til I go through Menopause….I’m hoping that will end my battle…..The only thing I can say positive about Retin A is I don’t have one wrinkle and everyone thinks I’m in my early 20s. Good luck and hope Retin A is your miracle!!

September 2, 2009 at 4:43 pm
(105) lyndsey ireland 24 says:

i was getting a chemical peel for freckles on my white irish skin and my derm told me to get retin a cream ill never use anything eles love this cream my skin is great but remember to avoid the sun if u cant factor 50 or higher and another thing sleep on a silk pillow case brill for letting it soak all into your skin cotton pillow’s will only soak up the cream off ur face and you wont be getting any benefits good luck all love lindzie smithxxxxxxxx

September 3, 2009 at 4:18 am
(106) Michelle says:

I’ve moved from Canada to Mexico about a year ago. I just found out how cheap Retin-A is here (not an imitation or generic brand – the authentic stuff!). How cheap? Around 25$ for 40g (0.05% – cream). Any major drugstore carry it. So next time you plan a trip, think of sunny Mexico (and don’t forget your sunscreen) :-)

September 6, 2009 at 8:56 pm
(107) lynn says:

Does Retin-A help with fade age spots and/or acne scars?

September 10, 2009 at 12:54 pm
(108) karlene hay says:

I have noticed some brown spots on my face and wanted to find out if I use Retin A0.05% will it go away

September 15, 2009 at 11:48 am
(109) Sofia says:

Started using Retin A 4 months ago at the age of 43. So wish I had discovered it earlier! A male doctor friend of mine (surgeon) has beautiful skin for a male and I asked him “how?” He prescribed me the TRETINOIN CREAM 0.1%, which is just the GENERIC for the BRAND NAME RETIN A. He said that they are exactly the same, but since most insurance companies will not pay for it, he prescribed the generic.
He also told me that Walgreens would charge me about $100 for a 45g tube, but COSTCO WOULD ONLY CHARGE $45 AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A MEMBER, you just have to have a prescription. So I only paid $45! (and the tube will definitely last 10-12mos)
What it has done for me in 4 months:
1. noticeable fading of my brown (liver) spots on my forehead.
2. smoothed out the “bumpiness” I felt all over my face.
3. decreased the size of my very large pores.
4. noticeably minimized my crows feet lines, deep wrinkles on my forehead and deep lines that I have on the side of my nose to my lips.
5. black heads that I had all over my nose and sides of my face… GONE!
YES IT DEFINITELY GETS WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER. But I have stuck with it and ocassionally take a few days off if my face becomes too irritated. Using a moisturizer (just a plain Aveeno for sensitive skin) over it at night works. I buy the Oil of Olay facial cleansing pads that have a “light scrubbing” side to wash away the peeling in the morning.

September 15, 2009 at 4:45 pm
(110) beauty says:

Sofia, thanks for the tips on the generic brand and the Costco reference!

September 17, 2009 at 4:59 pm
(111) lauren says:

Just recieved my package from medmex thanks to this article and everyones comments. I am excited and nervous to try this. Lets see if I got this right:

Wash face at night and let dry at least 20-30 minutes.

Apply no more than a pea sized amount to face. It can be mixed with moisturizer for easier coverage…?

Wait out dry, peeling, may get worse skin for a few months.

If necessary, back off from usage for a day or so, or skip days.

Absolutely use a good quality high SPF sunscreen every day. ( I live in New Mexico where its sunny almost every day) and also as in my case use a hat.

Anything else I missed? I will update when appropriate.

September 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm
(112) Brooke says:

Does anyone know the difference between Trentinoin Cream 0.05 and Retin-A Micro Gel 0.04? I have been using the Retin-A Micro, but I called my derm. for a refill and they gave me the Cream in 0.05 instead. I know that I can call back and get the Micro but I wasn’t sure if it made a difference or not. If anyone knows the differences or if one is better than the other please let me know! I love the micro it has been the best acne treatment for me by far but I just don’t want to make a mistake by switching to the cream.

October 2, 2009 at 8:03 am
(113) jp says:

I have used Retin-A since 2002 (7 years). I’m 30 years old, male, and have had bad acne since I was a teenager. I use a small amount of the gel each evening – I used to use the cream, but they stopped producing in. The alcohol feels the same, though it does tend to have a sharp alcoholic smell during application. However, it dries quickly and leaves your face feeling smooth. I do find in the morning that my skin is greasy and so must wash it immediately. I’ve not tried using moisturiser as I have always been afraid it would make my skin more oily – have I got this wrong? Would I see benefits? I still get breakouts nearly every day, particularly after shaving.

At the end of the day, it’s a great product and it has certainly improved my skin condition. I would recommend it to anyone with acne, and also if you don’t wish to take antibiotics. For those who have very stubborn acne, it does work well with something like minocyclin. I wouldn’t go down the accutane route!

October 2, 2009 at 8:07 pm
(114) Roberta says:

I just purchased Reacel-A (Mexican generic for Retin A) in Mexico while on a Cruise. They have both Retin – A and the Reacel-A at a much lower price than in the States. I bought .05%for $10.00 for a 100g tube. From what I have read, might have got it cheaper if I had spent some time shopping.
The last time I bought perscription Retin-A, it was $45.00 for a much smaller tube of the same.

October 7, 2009 at 11:59 pm
(115) beauty says:

Lauren: You don’t need to wait 30 minutes after washing your face to apply the cream. I apply moisturizer right after I wash and then the Retin-A and it works great. I hope it’s going well for you, let us know how it turns out. — Julyne

October 14, 2009 at 1:28 am
(116) tmsbabe94 says:

i use reacel-a .50 — much stronger than retin-a .25..experiencing lots of redness, peeling. I got each 60g tube for $12. Seemed reasonable to me. Husband was upset I got the generic. Last year, in Cabo, got retin-a .25 for $12 in large grocery store with pharmacy. Last week, we were in Ensenada where I purchased the generic version. Hope I don’t regret it. Could not imagine using 1%!

October 19, 2009 at 10:04 pm
(117) lilkunta says:

I am AfrAm. I have hyperpigmentation and acne scars under my R ear, all over my R cheeck, & under my chin. I also have alot of hard under the skin bumps (not sure f there pustules or papules or macules or comedones). Will RetinA work for my face?

October 23, 2009 at 1:06 am
(118) beauty says:

Retin-A is not a miracle product, but it will help your complexion. Lasers would work even better on your skin. I’d see a dermatologist for a consult.

October 24, 2009 at 2:29 am
(119) Nisha says:

Hi there!

I am 24. I have experienced mild acne over the course of nearly a year now. Even after the breakouts went away, they left really embarrassing dark spots (hyperpigmentation) on my face. Many of them have faded and some even fairly quickly. But would retin-A help to diminish the tougher ones?

I guess what I’m asking is: is retin-A simply an anti-aging, anti-acne cream or can it help post-acne marks? Thanks a lot!

October 26, 2009 at 7:57 pm
(120) Lorena Ardon says:

I am 41 years old and was prescribed Retin A. After 4 weeks of daily use, my skin is the worst it has ever been. I am depressed and want to stop the medication but my doctor says that my skin will get better in the next three weeks. I don’t know how to handle the embarrasment of having spots all over my face. Some spots are very large and red. Should I continue with this treatment? Help!!!

October 27, 2009 at 12:16 am
(121) Christine says:

I’ve been using 0.5% Retin A for about 15 years. I use it under my eyes and along the sides where you get crows feet. Never had any problems and I have no crows feet! I’m 57 years old and think I look pretty darn good. But—It took almost a year of daily use before my face got use to it. The first few months were terrible. Dry, peeling skin and redness. However, I stuck with it and I will never stop using it.

October 28, 2009 at 4:52 pm
(122) lilkunta says:

Thanks Julyne(for your answer to my question, Im poster 117). Im surprised you reccommend a laser as I thought lasers will htne make my face

I am researching where the best safest place is to buy it. I want to order it by 1Dec so that I will start it on 1Jan. I will use it with a face moisturizer and sunscreem. I will keep you posted.

Do you have a website you reccommend?

Also, #119 Nisha has questions similiar to mine about scarring.

This article is great. Very informative and reassuring. I greatly appreciate it and you.

October 28, 2009 at 11:56 pm
(123) beauty says:

Thanks for the compliments lilkunta!

I would first recommend consulting a dermatologist about your acne problems. They can recommend the perfect fix for your skin problems. There are chemical peels and lasers that treat this sort of thing, but I am not an expert in lasers, I only know that they are supposed to work very, very well for major skin problems.

As for scarring and hyperpigmentation, I’m not aware of Retin-A fixing these issues. Retin-A increases collagen production, which helps with fine lines and wrinkles and clearing up acne, but I do not know if it can fix other issues.

Good luck!


November 2, 2009 at 11:02 am
(124) JJ says:

Where can i order Retin A online? I paid 45.00 for small tube of prescription generic.

November 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm
(125) carmen says:

You can get Retin A over the counter in any Pharmacy in
Mexico. I bougth 2 tubes the last time I went. Get this $15.00 each… That was about 5 years ago, however it might have gone a little higher on price but, it’s still a good price.
If you happen to go on a cruise or a trip to Mexico keep it in mind. Another idea, if you have friends or relatives traveling to Mexico or cruising, it won’t hurt to give the the cash $$, and they can bring it to you. It won’t take too much space for them. When you get of the ships on cruises, most of the time you find pharmacies nearby. The prices in the USA, are atrocious….too much abuse from the Pharmaceuticals… Good luck…

November 3, 2009 at 11:07 pm
(126) JJ says:

Thanks for the info..but i don’t know of anyone who will be going to Mexico. I was hoping someone would know of an online option?

December 6, 2009 at 5:41 pm
(127) Lisa from Virginia says:

I have Retin-A (0.04%) that expd Dec 08. I’ve been told that you can use expired medications for upto 2yrs after the expiration date. Can anyone tell me if its’ still good to use? I’m finally getting back to using it and don’t want to waste it.

December 8, 2009 at 11:02 pm
(128) beauty says:

Hi Lisa

Dermatologists advise not to use expired skincare products and I did read that retinoids (Retin-A is in the retinoid family) do have a shelf date when they don’t work anymore. Not sure if people are just being protective and you might actually be OK. It’s up to you if you want to risk it.


December 13, 2009 at 9:38 pm
(129) Lisa from Virginia says:

Thanks Julyn! I have a dr’s appt this week & will get an updated prescription……playing it SAFE!!!

January 11, 2010 at 5:08 pm
(130) terrie says:

you can buy retin-a thru inhousepharmacy.com is comes from russia and there is no need for a prescription

January 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm
(131) zloey says:

I have been using retin a for acne for about 6 years now. I am liking the results however, I am concerned now that someone mentioned broken capillaries. I have now started to notice them more on myself and was wondering could in fact the retin a be causing this.

January 26, 2010 at 9:08 am
(132) anita says:

Has anyone ordered for the mexico med. co. on line and been happy with the transaction? Thanks

February 6, 2010 at 9:40 am
(133) Mandy says:

Do they still sell Retin-A online at medsmex.com? I looked and couldn’t find it. Anywhere I can purchase it online w/o a prescription. Thanks so much.

February 15, 2010 at 11:16 am
(134) JJ says:

I have same question as Mandy. Was hoping someone woulod have some info regarding online purchase w/o prescription.

February 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm
(135) CC says:

You can purchase retin a @ medsmex.com. I have been buying from them for at least 2 years. It is made by Janssen-Cilag pharmaceutical co. which is a reputable company.

February 16, 2010 at 4:59 am
(136) Phoenix says:

I buy Retin-A online without a prescription from a Canadian website. It’s really cheap, about $12 a tub if I remember correctly (I buy several at a time to save on shipping). It works great and a lot of other women use them too. I don’t want to mention them here because I don’t know if that will get them in trouble or not, but if you’re interested just email me exoticphoenix@gmail.com and I will give you the link.

I also get a generic version of Latisse from them and it works great! My lashes are getting so long now. They are both the generic versions from India with original packaging and English instructions (though formal English, almost like British English).

February 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm
(137) sherry p says:

alldaychemist.com… just a tad over 3 bucks a tube and it’s sealed, name brand. I don’t work for the company or any affiliations, but I know for a fact it’s the real stuff and quality.

only thing shipping is around 25 bucks so that does count in unless you have other things you want. Think eyelash growth too :-)

Retin a I have been using for the past year. No more blackheads, smaller pores skin is much better. I already had wrinkles…. I’m 45 and wish I had started this stuff sooner. My sister started too at the same time and she’s 8 years older. Her skin reacted even better than mine. She positively GLOWED after that ruff period. It seemed to take like ten years off her but it was that glow that looked great.

Good luck and stick thru the hard part. It may takes MONTHS. It may mean using every other day for a while but this is one product I always want to use. Nothing but good things to say about it.

February 20, 2010 at 10:14 pm
(138) Ann says:

I’ve used both Retin A and Renova. Retin A was very harsh and irritating even when used as prescribed. Renova is more emolient and less irritating – I’ve been using it every night for a year now with no problems. It takes about six months to see the full result but is worth the weight. I love it and have noticed a remarkable difference in my complexion. I am 54 years ago and get tons of compliments. I just started using a peptide night cream (Olay Regenerest) over the Renova but it’s too soon to determine if there will be additional benefit. Renova is worth it’s weight in gold. A tube that will last six months sells for about $178. at Walgreens. I haven’t been able to find it cheaper.

February 28, 2010 at 11:18 am
(139) Alissa says:

I 25 and have been using Retin A micro for a week and a half. I have been using it on my entire face as well as the skin under my eyes. The skin under my eyes now looks like it is “crinkly”, very dry, and the wrinkles (it looks like I have a million now, I didn’t even realize they were there) are very pronounced. I have read various reviews on whether this is normal or not and there appears to be conflicting opinions. Will the crinkly, pronounced look under my eyes smooth out and return to normal? How long should I expect this to last? The things my dermatologist doesnt tell me, ha. I use .05 retin A micro every other night and use a cream during the day and every other night. Thank you for your help.

February 28, 2010 at 4:46 pm
(140) Missi says:

I have been using Retin A Micro for the past few years and my face is so much better and smoother. I had acne for the past 20 years and have tried other acne products in the past but nothing really seemed to help my condition in a long lasting way.

I have been buying my Retin A Micro online from brand name skin cream for over 3 years now. They are very reliable. I usually have my package in 3 days for $10 shipping with tracking and you need to sign for it when its delivered.

February 28, 2010 at 5:02 pm
(141) missi says:

You can get it OTC from http://www.brandnameskincream.com. See my previous comment #140.

April 6, 2010 at 6:37 am
(142) Lou says:

I was wondering if this product would work on my arms, legs, and tummy. If it tightens the face is it possible that it would tighten the rest of my body? I am trying to avoid surgery. I am a 53 and I can’t stand how my skin is starting to sag. I work out daily, but lifting and running isn’t doing the trick. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks

April 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm
(143) Jennifer says:

I’ve been using retin A since since the late 70s.. yes I really had it when I was 16 and first came out.. Ive had to go off it as now Im too old for insurance to cover been trying other things nothing has worked as well so far so I guess I suck it up and go buy a $279 tube of it yikes but a tube lasts me almost 2 years anyway..

April 27, 2010 at 12:39 am
(144) beauty says:

Jennifer: If you have a friend going to Mexico, have her pick you up a tube for $20. They’re sold over the counter there in pharmacies. Better yet, buy your own cheap ticket to Mexico instead of paying for Retin-A in the states….

May 25, 2010 at 1:57 pm
(145) Phoenix says:

I’ve been getting so many emails and no time to reply so in regards to my previous comment (#136) I buy from http://www.alldaychemist.com. I first heard about them on http://www.makeupalley.com (which is a great resource for beauty and skin care). ADC are actually Indian it seems, not Canadian, but I’ve ordered 3 times and have had no problems. Hope this helps!

June 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm
(146) lena says:

I used Retin-A before. I admit it helps to make my skin young looking. But it does not treat acnee, Any idea on Tazorac?

June 22, 2010 at 8:28 pm
(147) Kelly says:

has anyone tried the generic version of retin-a? Its less than half as expensive but i am wondering if the results are as good…reply much needed! Thanks

July 21, 2010 at 11:08 pm
(148) Jenny Moore says:

I just turned 30 years old this year, and I just got crows feet on my right eyes 2 months ago, if I start using Retin A now, can it possibly get rid of the crows feet completely?????

July 22, 2010 at 1:17 am
(149) beauty says:

Hi there,
You can certainly try Retin-A for your crow’s feet (I use it for that and I guess it works, it’s hard to say, but I know it works on my skin). My research shows Botox is actually the best way to prevent crow’s feet.

July 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm
(150) Nathalie says:

I’m 15 & I got persribed retin-a micro 0.04% by my dermatologist. I am extremely scared to start using this product due to the redness/ peeling everyone is talking about. :( what is suggested to keep the redness and peeling to a minimum? If I apply cream; which one works the best for this case?
P.s I’m really a scared!
& my dermatologist said this is to get rid if the bacteria clogged in your pores.

August 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm
(151) Kelly says:

I am just starting on Stievamycin gel (contains tretinoin)…. and I know I am only supposed to use a pea sized amount. My problem is that by the time I wash my skin and let it dry for 30 minutes… I can’t get a pea sized amount to cover my face. My skin has become so dry, that wherever I smear it, immediately soaks for in in milliseconds, I swear. Any tricks to getting it actually smear all over my face. I am afraid that Might ruin its potency if I mix it with anything else (moisturizer for instance).

August 3, 2010 at 9:37 pm
(152) Connie says:

To keep redness and peeling to a minimum, wash your face and let it dry COMPLETELY before you apply, use only a pea-sized amount, and only use it every other night if it gets bad (it will get better after a couple of months, and possibly sooner than that). Wash it off as soon as you get up in the morning and wear lots of non-comedogenic moisturizer/sunscreen during the day.

To make a pea-sized amount cover your whole face, put the dose on your left index finger (or whichever hand you don’t use) and use your other index finger to get a TINY amount (I mean barely touch it) on the tip. Apply this to a section of your face and rub it in. Get tiny dabs on all the main areas of your face before you start going over any areas a second time. With practice, you can easily make the dose cover your whole face. I think that the usual reason people experience irritation is because they use too much… it’s extremely powerful stuff!

I have been using Differin (a milder cousin of Retin-a) for a few weeks and am already noticing a nice reduction in active acne (I am a 33-year-old woman with frequent hormonal cystic acne). I used it for a few months five years ago and have great results, but then foolishly stopped taking it… several acne scars down the road, here I am again… for good this time!

August 30, 2010 at 4:27 am
(153) TOY says:

Hello everyone, I always ask my family to get retin-a from pharmacy and send to me in Australia, I have been using its for 3 years and I don’ t want to pay expensive price in here.

The product name is Retin-A cream 0.05 % ( Manufactured by OLIC (Thailand)Limited for JANSSEN-CILAG LTD company) .

This product containd Tretinoin 0.05% it come in a tube of 10g and 20g.

So if anyone would like to have this product or have any question please email me: toynaka@yahoo.com . Thank you

September 1, 2010 at 4:08 am
(154) Nithya says:

Hi all,
Thanks for all there who’ve posted their comments about RETIN-A. Is this cream effective on FRECKLES (brown spots)??? Kindly send me a reply on the same.

September 10, 2010 at 1:56 am
(155) Marea says:

I have used alldaychemist.com and love them. I bought HCG, Latisse from them and have had no problems. Just get a few of your friends and order together to help divide the cost of shipping $25.00. They are wonderful to work with. I have tried several different online places and will be staying with All Day Chemist:)!

September 13, 2010 at 5:31 am
(156) Shaun says:

Hey Guys!

I can get hold of Retino – A cream 0.05%

for uk folks i love this product and cant out into words what it has done for my skin!!! mail me at….


September 21, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(157) vikki says:

I was rx Retin A for tiny milia all over face & my derm said it would also help with wrinkles. I’ve used it for about 2 weeks but my skin looks HORRIBLE . . . break-outs like CRAZY! I’ve never had acne in my life but I look terrible. I’m going to hold out b/c I have read this can happen but I’m wondering if anyone else has experienced this and how long it took to clear? thanks in advance!

September 21, 2010 at 9:06 pm
(158) beauty says:

Vikki, a dermatologist I really respect says people with sensitive skin may need to start slowly with Retin-A. This means using every few days as necessary until the skin adjusts. You don’t need to use it every single day at first, you have to build up to daily use. Also, reddened, peeling skin is very normal when you first start Retin-A. You have to let that time pass and your skin will clear up beautifully.

September 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(159) Gabby says:

I’ ve been doing a research on how i should cleanse my face, and what products to use. I’ ve read many articles on the web, and i also read InStyle magazine. In most of the articles, they talk about Retin-A. I’ m really excited to start using it. Im from Mexico, and my family visits me every three months, so it will be so easy to get retin-A. My dad will come in a few weeks, and i will keep you posted on how its working for me. I have big pores, dry skin, oily T-zone, and blackheads. Im really frustrated with my face, and reading all these wonderful
comments gives me hope it could work fir me too.
I read that you could use a moisturizer after using retinA. Revale skin coffeeberry night cream should be good to counter redness or any antioxidant-rich moisturizer. I will probably be using my Lancome night cream.

September 26, 2010 at 10:46 am
(160) lauren says:

Its been about a year now since my last post. Things have gone well with the Retin A, though thinking of making a change perhaps and using the gel on and around nose. I used Retin A very slowly and did not have the miserable effects others have experienced. I started every three days, for a few weeks, then every two for a few weeks and so on. This is the way to do it!

I notice a definite turn over of skin and cells, it exfoiliates the skin nicely and my skin looks fresh. I am 50 years old and dont look it but I think a big part of that is that I have oily skin and not many if any wrinkles before I started. The Retin A has just kept the skin refreshed and I have NO fine lines.

The skin on and around my nose is very oily and I have large pores which I HATE. This is part of the downside to having oily skin. The upside is that you stay younger looking longer. Thinking of trying the gel on and around nose and the cream on rest of face.

Has anyone tried this???

BTW, no longer getting Retin A from the medsmex site. Price went up and site doesnt seem reliable anymore. Instead getting it from Inhouse pharmacy in Europe with great results. Thanks to whomever it was on this blog to reccomend!!!!

October 1, 2010 at 1:11 am
(161) April says:

Here is a great skin care regimen and also good for large pores given to me by a dermatologist:

Cleanser- Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin,

Moisturizer & Sunscreen-Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense Facial Moisturizer SPF 50

Mild Exfoliator (twice a week)-AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser by Murad (check Ebay)

Vitamin-Beta-carotene 5,000 IU everyday after breakfast. Great for healthy skin. (Check Vitaminshoppe.com)

Retin-A Micro 0.04% cream once at night over the affected areas

DCL 20% Glycopads all over the face for 5 min. once a week

October 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm
(162) Mary Anne Cleghorn says:

It appears that alldaychemist does not ship to Canada…..does anyone know where to purchase retin a without an rx and ships to Canada?

October 16, 2010 at 11:42 am
(163) Renee says:

Hi, I’m looking for some direction on applying retin a to the smile line area. Most comments I read online say NOT to use in this area, but my dermatologist said ok. I really want too, but am worried about the side effects. Are you guys using in that area?
Any help or comments would be appreciated. Thank you!

October 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm
(164) beauty says:

I definitely use it in this area, even though it’s recommended not to. The company has to be wary, because they can be held liable if you get the stuff in your eyes consistently. Be careful not to get it in your eyes by using a very small amount. Also, make sure it’s good and dry before you fall off asleep and don’t sleep on your stomach (you could rub the Retin-A off on the pillow and somehow get it in your eyes). That’s my 2 cents!

October 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm
(165) Renee says:

Thanks for the quick response #164 :) . Great points!! What do you know about applying to the nasal labial fold area?… I’m starting to see lines there that I’m hoping may fade with the use of this cream.

October 18, 2010 at 12:45 am
(166) beauty says:

I think you mean the deep folds along the side of the nose. Retin-A only affects fine lines and wrinkles. To fill in the deep wrinkles along the nose you’ll need to either gain weight or get a filler (Restalyne).

October 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm
(167) Renee says:

Thanks Beauty. Yes, that’s what I meant. I didn’t know gaining wait would do it. I may just try that. I appreciate your help.

October 19, 2010 at 1:17 am
(168) beauty says:

Hi Renee,

As we age, we lose weight in our faces (unless we’re carrying extra weight). This is why heavier women over 40 look younger (many times) than really thin women. It’s that famous saying, “after a certain age, you have to chose your a** or your face.”

October 19, 2010 at 7:47 pm
(169) Renee says:

Thanks again Beauty,
I’m learning so much from these sites. I really appreciate your comments and those from the other ladies who have posted. I’m 44 and have always been in good shape and on the thin side. I had not heard that saying you mentioned above, I will choose to save face. LOL!! I had two cinnamon rolls tonight and NO exercise. I could use an extra 10 pds and just hope it goes to the right place. I figured menopause would help me gain, but I’m still regular, so not yet. I just need to eat more, but will be healthy about it.

October 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm
(170) DBF says:

Retin A… is definitely not like any other form such as Retinol.. may as well not even bother in my opinion…i get my Retin A in mexico… it is 0.1 %…it rocks!!!!and the tube is HUGE in comparison to what you get at any pharmacy prescribed by a prescriber here in the states… my sis in a nurse practioner in the beauty industry… i dont even bother… i am 4 hours from mexico… it is a fun drive.. i am thinking of buying them and re selling them.. the tube lasts for over a year…and works like crazy… my whole face has changed since i decided to use it for solid year… i look every bit 10-15 years younger.. i used if for maintenance right now… LOL….it is a 100 gram tube as compared to 20 grams in the US and on the canadian cheap retin A sites…you are still getting ripped off.. i pay 20 dollars for this tube…. it is worth about 200 if i were to sell it in the states without diluting it down…. and for something that lasts over a year.. that is well worth it… i would sell them for 125, plus 5 for shipping and handling.. if i decide to do this…

October 23, 2010 at 8:09 pm
(171) renee says:

My tube was covered thru insurance. Just paid 5.00 for a tube that will probably last me 2 years or more.. It doesn’t expire till 2013. I would try to go the insurance route first just to see if they’ll cover it.

October 26, 2010 at 4:48 am
(172) Luzanne Van der nest says:

oh my gosh !!!!!!! I need help please !!! I am living in Australia for the past 5 years, previous from South-Africa. Just got terrible news. I have been using RETIN A for 20 years, they have discontinue it. What will i do ???? Can’t sleep tonight !!!

November 2, 2010 at 9:14 pm
(173) Bonnie says:

Just discovered your web site as I was searching for information on Retin-a. I purchased while on vacation in Mexico and needed to know more about it . It does sound great my problem being I am 68 years old and am wondering if I discovered Retin-a too late to help me with wrinkles……would appreciate some advice I have dry skin however dont have any break outs…..Thanks

November 13, 2010 at 7:01 am
(174) CHERYL says:

Hi! Just read comments from beginning to end. I went on a cruise 2 years ago. I met a wonderful group of ladies ranging in age from 54yrs to 66yrs. They all looked great! Beautiful skin! We played a game of guess my age, and of course I did not get any of them correct. This was my introduction to the generic brand from Mexico, Reacel-A Tretinoina, contains 0.05g of tretinoin. The 60g tube cost me $12.00 U S dollars 2yrs ago. I purchased it for my daughter in her twenties, with adult acne. She did not have the patience to wait to see the end results, subsequently she discontinued using the product. I ran across the unused tube a few days ago, and I seriously considered using the product but the expiration date was Oct 16, 2010. I will be 52yrs in December, and the wrinkles are beginning to appear. I would like to purchase another tube for myself. Are there any updates on where I can purchase it w/o a prescription? By the way 2 of the ladies used the Retina-A, the other 4 used the generic, I’m not an expert but the results appeared to be the same. Thanx in advance!

November 24, 2010 at 11:06 pm
(175) Robin says:

A highly concentrated Retinol combined with the same in Peptides can be found in Rodan + Fields Dermatologists new Anti-Age line — and because the dosages are the highest you can get without a prescription, it really works. And here is a usage shift: Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields (the creators of Proactiv) are now doing for aging what they did for acne — and they’ve come up with a patented way to apply this duo that previously was only available in dermatology offices. They released a micro-channeling roller that is created with fine, very short, acupuncture-grade needles. When rolled lightly and briefly (less than a minute) over the face and followed by their PM Serum (with retinol and peptides) the ingredients go below the surface of dead skin cells — making this new combo called AMP MD the most effective treatment available on the market today. Check out the cover of Allure (Nov ’10) and Marie Claire, Sep. ’10. Beauty editors are raving! You can purchase it directly from independent consultants, like me, or better yet, become one yourself and get the product wholesale. Here’s a video on the product: http://www.bestspentminute.com and how it works:
And of course, I’d love it if you’d follow up with me with any questions! :) getrichskin@gmail.com

November 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm
(176) roxanne says:

I’m 30 years old and was an alcoholic chain smoker (we’re talking several bottles of wine and over a pack a day) who never wore proper sunscreen- for over 10 years… my skin should be wrecked…but I still look 23 or 24 and always get carded… I’m sure its because I started using Retin-A when I was 19…. and had yearly chemical peels starting at 27.

I’ve stopped that nonsense now and I’m sooo glad that the evidence isn’t written on my face.

November 30, 2010 at 6:35 am
(177) Alisia Forsyth says:

Taking care of our face and body using chemical creams or liquids is really a very very bad habit. But in ours days sites like Anti Aging 2010 point us natural products which can help women and men to look younger. I don’t believe that there is anybody who likes to look older than his or her age!

December 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm
(178) Georgia L says:

Have been using Retin-A for about a year…off and on. I was told, by a facilist, that in order to get results, you need to use is consistently. I have been using it every night since May of this year (2010). I hear and read of all these horror stories of the peeling, drying, reddening of the face, etc. I have never had any of that. In fact, my skin feels dewy after I put it on. I have never peeled so I feel as though it may not be working??? Not really sure. On the other hand, people have told me my skin looks good. So maybe it is working. I have both strengths…5% (purchased in US) and 1.0% (purchased in St. Marteen). The one in St Marteen came from Mexico and dissipates very quickly when putting it on. The Retina-A purchased in the US goes on creamier. So…I guess my question is why has my face never had any of the reactions that Retina-A says it does? BTW…I’ve notices a few of you mentioning Paula Begoun. I use her skin care products and love them!!!….no perfumes or smells and conservative on the price. She is a very intelligent lady and knows her “stuff”!!

December 14, 2010 at 1:38 pm
(179) BarbaraJ says:

I’ve been using Retin-A since 1987. I’m 59 years old and look twenty years younger than my sister. Not only does she have a ton of wrinkles, but she also has jowls. Her face has fallen.
My face is tight, blemish-free, and has very few wrinkles. I have a regimen of exfoliating my face in the morning with a Buff Puff, putting on moisturizer with sunscreen, adding a little more moisturizer if needed throughout the day, taking a bath where I exfoliate again in the evening, apply the Retin-A, let it absorb for about 10 minutes, then apply heavy moisturizer.
There are no expensive face creams that are as strong as the prescription strength Retin-A. A moisturizer that lifts, firms, smooths, etc. is completely unnecessary and a waste. Just find one without parabens. The parabens sit on top of the skin. I buy Elizabeth Arden products at Marshall’s or TJMaxx.
If you’re just starting out, be prepared for the dry, wrinkly layers to start peeling. Light exfoliation and more moisturizer will take care of that during the day.
Take a before photo and take another in six months. You’ll be amazed.
You might pay about $95 for a 45 gm prescription of Retin-A, but it will last for three months. You don’t need a lot.

December 22, 2010 at 9:50 am
(180) Cho says:

I have read the comments above and totally agree with the results of Retin-A. For those of you that are looking for the product without prescription, I must share that I have never had one. I am however, a frequent cruiser and found that in the Caribbean islands drug stores you can buy as much as your money allows over the counter. If you know of any one who travels get them to pick you up a couple of tubes. I just did. I travel once a year for my yearly vacations and always make my way to the closest drug store to pick up my supply. The cost can run you from $20-30 per tube. Hope this helps.

December 27, 2010 at 8:30 pm
(181) Dorothy says:

I have been using Retin a Micro for the past 6 months now and it is great. My face still burns occasionally but it really glows and I rarely have spots or blackheads. I started with Retin a cream 0.5% but it made my face very shiney, especailly as it was the summer period. After 2 months I decided to switch to Retin a Micro and it has solved the issue with the facial shine. My skin has just kept improving since then. I also use it under the eye area and must say since the winter period my skin in this area has become more wrinkly. I am thinking to use 0.4% during the winter months and 0.1% in the summer due the humidity which does not cause too much drying. If you are thinking of using Retin a I would certainly recommend it. Just be patient and listen to your skin. Good luck!

January 1, 2011 at 2:07 am
(182) Lynn says:

I just found a tube of Retin A that was given to me – problem is it expired 2 years ago! Can I still use it? I’ve never tried Retin A but after all these great “commercials” I can’t wait to try. Help, please – should I use it or try to get a new tube? Thanks!

January 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm
(183) beauty says:

I read that vitamin A products really do expire, but my tube of Retin-A that I got in Mexico has lasted 2 years and still seems to be working. It’s really up to you if you want to try it. I would suggest calling your local pharmacy and asking them. Some products have ingredients that get more potent the longer they aren’t used, as well as the opposite. A pharmacist is your best bet. Good luck!

January 3, 2011 at 4:24 am
(184) zahrah says:

Easily ordered from alldaychemist dot com for about $30 (with shipping). You’ll get a tube that is for non-US markets, but made by Johnson& Johnson. While you’re there, pick up a bottle of Careprost (generic Latisse) for just a few more dollars. I swear by Retin-A and alldaychemist dot com!!

January 8, 2011 at 1:42 am
(185) Cynthia says:

I started using glycolic acid since my mid 20s and recently graduated to using Retin-A. I’m 33 now and most people think I’m 23. I always get compliments about my complexion. The Retin-A I buy are generic from an online pharmacy, $7 each at 0.05% strength. I use it 2x a week. My skin sloughs off like a snake’s skin once a month. If you just want minor improvements, a higher % glycolic acid will give you the same results. Retin-A is more irritating.

January 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm
(186) carina says:

I was really struggling to find an online pharmacy that would ship to Europe (outside the UK) without a recipe, and finally came upon this one: http://prioritymedicines.com. I placed my order for retin-A 0.5, and am hoping it goes through! Anyone know of other places that would work for Scandinavia? Thanks!

January 16, 2011 at 1:26 am
(187) Rachel says:

I will have to try it however just to see.

January 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm
(188) Norma says:

I am 70, and have used Retin A for almost 20 years. I have been told I look 20 Years younger. I have no winkles. I have always obtained this product from Mexico. Since you don’t need a prescription. You need to use sunscreen when out in the sun and be prepared to get over the initial redness and peeling when first used. Pharmacists here in the US will tell you not to use these products from Mexico, simply because they don’t want you to take your business elsewhere, and you will pay dearly for it if obtained from thru a prescription

January 26, 2011 at 12:04 am
(189) new tretinoin user says:

I just started using Tretinoin and am on day 5. The first two days were great …I had no reaction. Then on day 3, i noticed little red bumps (looked like goosebumps) and my face felt like I just got botox injections (was so tight). Applying my shesido moisturizers just made it sting and burn. The only this that prevents me from ripping my face off is baby vaseline. It seems to reduce the rediness and help with the “itching & stinging.” Is there any good moisturizers to use?

January 26, 2011 at 10:42 am
(190) beauty says:

Hi there, you should consult with the dermatologist who gave you the prescription, but I can tell you that the dermatologist I spoke with regarding this article said you should start slowly on these products, building up over time. Here’s a quote from the article I gave you below: “The secret to proper retinoid use is to take it slow,” says Mikhail, who suggests using a pea-sized amount for the whole face and neck, starting one night a week for the first 3 weeks and increasing slowly as skin becomes accustomed.

See this article: http://beauty.about.com/od/antiaging/a/How-To-Use-Retin-A-And-Other-Retinoids-Safely.htm

February 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm
(191) marie says:

I have used renova 0.02% for 6 months with minimal success. I am 56 years old and fair skinned. My skin is dry especially now as today it is 6 degrees below zero! My question is what next? Retin A Micro, or a stronger version of Renova? Any advice would be welcomed. Also I need a better moisturizer.Thanks,Marie.

February 15, 2011 at 6:11 pm
(192) Hopey says:

Sold! I’ve used this product in the past for acne problems but now I’m 32 and starting to worry a lot less about acne and more about wrinkles. Since I’ve used it in the past I just asked my doctor to prescribe it to me again.

Thank you for all of these comments, I’ll be sure to be patient with the beginning process.

February 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm
(193) NikkiMWC says:

Just got the RX for this today for mild acne. My Dermitologist called Tretinoin the “miracle cream, the best thing on the market for acne, fine lines and signs of aging.” I am 31 and have had mild out breaks for about 5 years. Finally, I got frustrated enough to go to the Dr. 5 years ago I had perfect skin (really) not a spot, red mark or freckle. I never used foundation and despise how it looks especially because I am getting fine lines now. A month ago, I went in for a makeover at bare minerals, bought it and now wear it. I hate it!! You can see the makeup and every morning it is a battle between glopped on makeup (and I use very little) or spots on my face. I REALLY hope this works for me. I don’t think I am vain…I just want to feel good in my skin, naturally, without a layer of goo. I could have cried when he told me about the other effects (minimizing lines & dark spots)! I am so hopeful!

February 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm
(194) Nichole says:

i tried to post on here earlier and it diddnt go through for some reason?

February 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm
(195) Vicki says:

I wanted to warn others about alldaychemist.com. I just bought retin-a from alldaychemist.com and within two days I had $140 worth of fraudulent charges on my account. Someone else at the essentialdayspa.com forum also said that she received almost $1,000 worth of fraudulent charges shortly after giving alldaychemist.com her credit card number. If you are going to buy from them, be careful and use a temporary credit card, the kind with limited funds on it that you can throw away.

February 20, 2011 at 6:59 pm
(196) Nichole says:

I will double check, But i made a purchase from them also 1 tube of retin-a micro gel 0.04% and also a bottle of generic latisse.. Im about positive i had not been charged for anything i had not ordered and that was 7 months ago they even re-shipped my products free of charge

February 21, 2011 at 11:52 am
(197) Nichole says:

Im guessing this post is pretty much dead since i have yet to get a reply, if the moderator would be so kind to inform me of the difference between Retin-a and Retin-a micro, That would be fantastic i am currently using 0.04% Supatret (Tretinoin Microsphere Gel) i am on my second day with no real sign of anything going on .. no burning, peeling etc etc im wondering if i should be using the .1%? and how much i should be using right now i am using about a pea ize for my face, Another pea for my neck and one also on my chest and breasts hoping for some improvement there as well lol

February 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm
(198) Siege says:

I have used All Day Chemist for a few years and have not had any credit card problems with them. However, be prepared for tons of spam!

February 28, 2011 at 2:51 am
(199) Dee says:

I have 1 tube of the brand name – made by Janssen Cilag (not generic) Retin A 0.1% cream I am trying to get rid of. The expiration date is 08/2012 and it is UNOPENED. I bought it while I was on vacation, but decided that might be too strong to start off with. So, my doctor prescribed me the 0.025% gel. Email me if you might want the 0.1% cream msdeeli at yahoo.com

March 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm
(200) Keisha says:

So i Was wondering, because i read some many wonderful things about Retin-A and would like to try it too. Would anyone know were i could find this in stores (not online) in Quebec or Ontario ? And How much would This cost ?


March 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm
(201) Donna says:

To: Dee
How much are you asking for your new unopen tube of Retin A cream?

March 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm
(202) Cerrie says:

Does retin a make your skin look younger? or is it just an anti-aging product If so how much younger would you say your skin looked with a years use of retin a?

March 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm
(203) beauty says:

Hi Cerrie,
Retin-A can make your skin look younger by helping to diminish fine lines and boosting cell turnover so your skin looks more radiant. I love the effects it’s had on my skin, plus because you can’t be out in the sun while using it, you’re helping yourself out by keeping your face from UV damage. I don’t know how many years it’s erased on me, but I can say I love it. For deep wrinkles around the mouth or around the eyes, you’re better off with fillers (for the mouth area) or Botox (for the eyes), but for overall better skin, Retin-A is great.

Hope that helps!

PS: Do not use Retin-A if pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

April 2, 2011 at 10:59 am
(204) Not 25 says:

I was just prescribed Renova. I read the comments here to learn about others’ experiences. I think it’s funny that so many people on this board brag that they look 10-15 years younger. Trust me, 99% of you do not. I have stayed out of the sun my whole entire life. I am 41. My derm. says I have much younger skin. Do I then delude myself to think I look 25? No. Do I want to look 25? No. I looked 25 when I was 25. And I don’t look the same now. In bright light if I stand next to a healthy 25 year old, no one with normal eyesight or contact lenses, is going to think I am 25. Same goes for 30. And I have been carded in recent years, but I just think the people who did that were completely clueless about what people at different ages look like. I did not start walking around thinking that I look 25 to other 25 year olds, and anybody who has a clue. It’s very rare that someone truly looks 10-15 years younger than their age. Anyway, I am happy to be 41 and very healthy.

April 21, 2011 at 2:59 am
(205) Hopeful says:

Could someone please provide an alternative to alldaychemist.com and Medsmex.com to purchase Retin-A (without a prescription)? After researching the websites I found they are both prone to fraud charges, etc. I also tried someone’s recommendation of the Granville Pharmacy in Canada, and they requested a prescription.

Also, I have dry/combination and acne prone skin. Could someone recommend whether I should try to start with the cream or the gel and a what strength?

Any help would be appreciated!

May 1, 2011 at 11:49 pm
(206) Deena says:

Don’t risk your health – get a prescription. Any md will prescribe it. You should be under medical supervision – it’s a prescription drug. It is safe , but there are cintraindications and your use of any prescription drug should be monitored by a dr.

May 14, 2011 at 10:12 am
(207) Caz says:

Hi Guys! I am hoping to get a few replys from you regulars of Retin A.I have just started using the 0.5 at the end of May and have to say that i have noticed a marked improvement already. My skin looks radiant and the scars around my mouth from monthly spots appear to be reduced and that is just over 2 weeks of use. I am using it around my eyes but have been reading some previous comments above and noticed that quite a few people have said thay get crinkling skin around their eyes if they use it there! Could anybody tell me if this stays if this happens? I would hate to make my eyes worse! Also do you use it all over the face or just on the areas that need attention? I have been using it only on the areas that need attention like my forehead, around my eyes and the corners of my mouth for fine lines and wrinkles and also around my mouth for acne! ANY tip anybody has to give to a beginner would be so much appreciated! Thanks.x

May 14, 2011 at 10:14 am
(208) caz says:

I do apologise, i mean end of April!

May 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm
(209) beauty says:

Hi Caz,

Use it all over the face and the neck (which shows signs of aging later in life). I use it around the eyes because I find it works there beautifully but you must be very careful not to get it near the eye. It absolutely will NOT cause more wrinkles there, likely what is happening is a natural aging process for these women. Retin-A is not going to miraculously remove your crow’s feet or prevent them, you would need regular Botox to postpone the deep wrinkles around the eyes or even fillers to fill in current wrinkles, but Retin-A will diminish the appearance of fine lines on your face.

I’m glad you’re loving it so far! I swear by Retin-A. Here’s more info on how to use it safely: http://beauty.about.com/od/antiaging/a/How-To-Use-Retin-A-And-Other-Retinoids-Safely.htm

May 27, 2011 at 6:07 am
(210) Gina says:

I see a lot of misinformation regarding buying Retin-A (or other tretinoin products) from Canadian pharmacies, and wanted to share the facts.

There are a lot of pharmacies online that claim to be Canadian but they are not, so please beware. A legitimate Canadian pharmacy WILL require a prescription for Retin-A.

Also, for those who think Canadian products are shady: FYI – Canada is a first world country. Health Canada’s regulations are just as strict, if not more so, than the FDA’s. Please don’t lump it in with countries where fraud runs rampant, ie India/China/Mexico.

May 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm
(211) Jan says:

I started using Obagi Tretinoin 2 weeks ago. WOW, I’m peeling around the mouth, chin and nose folds. When is the rest going to start peeling. The places that have the most sun damage are not peeling at all. I will say that around my crows feet, the skin is much tighter and the fine wrinkles have all but left. It also appears that the dark spots have all but left, minus one. I’m also using the Obagi blender for the spots, mixing them both together at night before applying. I’m not using the whole Obagi regimen as it’s far too expensive for me. Over all, I’m happy with it. My mouth looks very tight, dry and pulled, but I’m banking on that all improving soon. Can anyone tell me how long it took for the rest of their faces to peel? I hear lots of folks mention the peeling around the mouth and chin…. Im 47 BTW. God bless, :)

June 16, 2011 at 6:14 am
(212) jennie says:

I have been using tretinoin for two and a half years now, and I’m 38. I’ve always used the kind from India (Johnson & Johnson’s Retino-A) and lately my husband picked up several large tubes of another brand of .1% in Ecuador, for 3 $USD apiece. They seem to work the same, but the Ecuador one has less fragrance. I’m pretty sure tretinoin is very cheap to produce and that you’re getting the correct product regardless what you buy — it’s cheap enough that I highly doubt anyone’s bothering to counterfeit it, and it’s available over the counter in most of the world so there’s a lot of it around. I dilute it with moisturizer on my face and neck and use the .1% straight on my hands.

In the beginning, the first 3 months of use, my experience with it was pretty bad. I had a reaction, my skin was reddish and sort of raised, and tons of peeling. Now my face tolerates it much better, and is very clear and bright as a result. Tretinoin does not diminish naso-labial folds but does seem to promote fresher looking skin that has a better, pinker color — it gets rid of that sort of age-induced yellowness. Not sure what it does on darker complexions but I imagine it would promote a fresher color on everyone.

My HANDS have benefited the most though. I used tretinoin .1% on them every night and it has thickened the skin, making veins look less prominent, removed spots and improved the color. I am one of those unfortunate people with gnarly prematurely aged hands and I would not go without this stuff, it’s helped immeasurably.

July 21, 2011 at 10:25 am
(213) leah says:

I started using the generic form 0.025% when I was 25. I’m turning 32 in a month and I am often mistaken for being anywhere from 25-29 maybe depending more on how I am dressed.
I have read that a higher concentration doesn’t have additional benefits in terms of the wrinkles (if you have severe acne a higher concentration is beneficial though). Anyway I use it at night every day if I remember. Also staying the hell out of the sun and wearing a hat always keeps the skin nice. So thats it. The clock stopped turning pretty much when I began with the retin a.
PS if you are planning a trip to the EU take a prescription with the generic form listed Tretonin – in france its only 3 euros a tube – in Italy about 12 euros etc.

August 4, 2011 at 12:48 am
(214) Taylor says:

At 28, I’m starting to notice fine lines and other signs of aging that I’m looking to minimize. I had my doubts about the retail products I’ve purchased lately being effective and began researching tonight when I stumbled across this website.

I just moved to a more rural area in NY, and the earliest I could get into a PCP was October (it’s August now) and the derm was even longer. Two questions:

Is a PCP likely to prescribe this to me? Or do I need to wait for a derm appt later this year?

Also, I do live reasonably close to Toronto. Does anyone know of any pharmacies there that can sell this OTC? If not, I may have to bribe friends vacationing soon to Mexico, etc.


August 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm
(215) beauty says:

Your doctor can prescribe it but insurance will not cover it. It can be bought over the counter in other countries. I’ve seen it sold in Mexico, Bermuda, Thailand and Europe. Not sure about Canada, but I think you can get it there. Be careful about putting it near the eyes. Do not let it get in the eyes and make sure to wear sunscreen outside.

August 9, 2011 at 3:47 am
(216) Downunder says:

Just thought I’d let you now you can get this for US40 including shipping.

Hi all about to start on 0.5%.

To your door within eight days.

I know I totally sound like a shill but this blog has been awesome. I’ve researched wrinkle creams for days and days.. and this cuts right through the cr*p!
Google… medicationtoyou

Email a request for the cream and you’re on your way.

I wish there was a ‘genuine meter’ for how genuine I am! Anyway, cheers.

August 14, 2011 at 5:11 am
(217) mia says:

I’ve been using retin-a for two weeks now and my skin is glowing.I can see my scars fading. . . I have been to 4 different dermatologists these past few years bcoz of my acne.Sulfur did help me a lot in getting rid of my acne.but my skin was so dry and flaky.And I looked like I was 10 years older than my actual age.Then I heard bout tretinoin(steiva-a).I bought one tube and used it for about a week bt my acne worsened and so i stopped.i didnt know it’s one of the side effects though.And so I returned to using sulfur whch cleared me up.anyway,I am now using retin-a for my acne scars and i tell you it really is a miracle product.it’s only been two weeks and i can see my scars fading and my pores shrinking nd my skin glowing and i do not have all those side effects mentioned.i never had some redness and peeling.and ohh i got mine(retin-a.) for 600php(more or less 14 us dollars)and it’s OTC. :) yay u should come visit the philippines.

August 26, 2011 at 6:38 am
(218) gyaning says:

Me too.. i too used this cream and in just a couple of weeks I am feeling beautiful. Very clear, no marks and I look and feel amazing.. Excuse my English, but I just want share my experience so the whole world can be beauty. I buy renova from the website in my name. So you too can try this one and i feel sure you will like it too.. kisses xxx

xx jackie xx

August 28, 2011 at 11:05 am
(219) mia says:

it’s ok jackie.im glad it’s working for u too. xoxo

August 31, 2011 at 1:24 am
(220) Charity Jobs UK says:

Thank you for sharing such an article.

September 6, 2011 at 11:29 am
(221) Rboin says:

Does anyone have an online source to buy Retin-A from? My deductible is real high and I would prefer to avoid the Dr. office charge if at all possible…

September 13, 2011 at 10:48 pm
(222) auvi says:

hi, i used Retin A almost a year ago.my dermatologist gave it to me. i faced a way too many adverse effect, so i discontinued it. but now again i want to use Retin A. could anyone suggest a moisturizer cream to use with it? i have extremely oily acne prone skin. also i use neutrogena cleanser but it has got glycolic acid so i can’t use it with Retin A. another suggestion for glycolic acid free cleanser that would not interact with Retin A?

love u alll,

September 14, 2011 at 1:38 am
(223) Scabies Picture says:

The article is wonderfully written and the way
the points were sent across is very understandable. I loved it.

September 28, 2011 at 3:14 am
(224) Baked Fish says:

im so glad i was able to find this site.thanks for sharing.

September 29, 2011 at 12:31 am
(225) KIKKU says:

Is steiva-A & Retin A the same thing, or are they different. pls advise.

September 29, 2011 at 11:05 am
(226) beauty says:

Hi Kikku,

Steiva-A, like Renova and Retin-A are derivatives of Vitamin A, so in a sense they are the same thing. According to the Mayo Clinic’s Website (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR601381), Steiva-A is a Canadian brand name for Tretinoin, while Retin-A is an American brand name. Both work like a wonder to rejuvenate cells.

September 30, 2011 at 12:03 am
(227) KIKKU says:

Thank you for your reply. I had another question. I always start with this product then give it up after a month, but now I havebeen using it for almost two months, I’m past the redness stage & I use only pea sized amount. after the peeling my face looks fresh & good but then again my skin starts looking very dry & dull. Even with foundation its not covered. I’m thinking the reason could be I don’t use enough moisturizer on the face or is it my face will take another month to get used to it. I have read all your comments & newletters. Pls advise.

September 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm
(228) beauty says:

One problem I’ve noticed with Retin-A is dryness of my skin. Moisturizing is key. I like to use a dollop of extra virgin coconut oil on a damp washcloth. I massage the oil into my skin and any scaly bits get exfoliated with the washcloth. I do this in the morning before I apply sunscreen (a MUST, MUST, MUST with Retin-A) and the rest of my makeup. At night, you should apply moisturizer and let it soak in good before you apply Retin-A. Good luck!

October 1, 2011 at 12:33 am
(229) KIKKU says:

Thankyou for your reply, Now i understand I wasn’t doing the right way,I would wash my face , then wait 20 min or so & then would apply Retin A . In the morning just a sunscreen with spf 30, & nothing else.I am so glad that I came across your newsletters , I read them all & still read them.

October 1, 2011 at 12:45 am
(230) beauty says:

Yay! I’m so glad I could help you. Moisturizing every morning and night should help.

October 4, 2011 at 2:21 am
(231) UK BB Guns says:

Wonderfully written article.thank you for giving us a chance to read this one.keep on posting.

October 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm
(232) Maureen says:

I am 51 and have been using Retin A (Trentinoin) for almost 2 years. I started using the one from Obagi and I blend it with either the Obagi Blender for skin lightening or a night cream. When I ran out of the tube (which was small) I got some from Mexico on a trip to Cabo. It is sold all over there for significantly less and I got mine at WalMart. I cannot tell any difference from the Obagi. The age apots on the side of my face are gone and I had a couple larger ones. My pores are really tiny too, especially on my nose. I get compliments on my skin all the time. People thinks it looks better than I think it does…ha! Wearing a good sunscreen daily is ESSENTIAL. I even wear it on cloudy or rainy days. Since my skin is dry anyway I use a moisturizing sunscreen: Image Hydrating Moisturizer 30 SPF.

October 15, 2011 at 11:27 am
(233) Belle says:

Hi my name is Belle, just would like to quickly explain my experience with Retin-A. I am currently 43 years of age. I had my share of spending thousands of dollars on over the counter creams, lotions and potions for that perfect, acne free and wrinkle free skin.

I went to see a Dermatologist about 10 years ago. He told me about Retin -A and explained that this is a miracle cream. It is the best anti wrinkle cream on the market. It is the only cream that has FDA approval for Wrinkle treatment.

He also went on to tell me that there are a lot of over the counter products that contain very little retin A in them. That’s why a lot of these well known expensive big brand over the counter companies can make claims like, decreases, wrinkles etc etc etc.

However here is the interesting part, the government only allows these companies to use a very small percentage of this cream in their products. The amount is so small that while it is good it is so small that you need to be spending hundreds and even thousands and be using it for years to see any signification results.

October 15, 2011 at 11:30 am
(234) Belle says:

Hi its Belle again, to continue my story,

My doctor prescribed it to me and I started using it straight away. To my surprise it gave me smooth, clear, even toned skin. To a point that it was so smooth it naturally shined and it wasn’t because it was oily it shined because it was so smooth.

I was so surprised that what it did to my skin in 4 weeks that no cream ever did in years, and believe me I have tried them all every single brand out there.

I did stop using it for a while, as I was planning to fall pregnant and breast feed. I didn’t start it back after my baby as I wanted to fall pregnant again. A period of about 6 years went by and I had almost forgotten about Retin A. I noticed I was getting wrinkles and the odd pimples. So I decided to go and see a plastic surgeon for some anti wrinkle injections. She asked me if I knew of Retin A. I told her my story and told her that I had honestly forgotten about it.

She said I would recommend you go straight back on to it and keep using it every day. Do this for at least 6 months then we can see if you need any injections because wrinkles, volume is one thing but good glowing clear skin is another. She gave me a prescription for one and have started to use it.

Now I am happy to say I am back on to it again and at the age of 43 people are noticing the difference in my skin even after 2 weeks of use.

I had some people even asking me if I had any lasers, chemical peels, or injections done to my face. Well I wont be doing any of that for quite some time now.

BTW I have a 20 year old daughter who is going through acne, open pores and blackheads. She has also started using it with great results. If she starts now she would never need those expensive wrinkle creams again.

Sorry for the lengthy comment.

October 16, 2011 at 3:34 am
(235) JamieLee says:

Hi everyone! Im sure this thread is just about dead right now but I just wanted to share my experience with Retin A so far. In my early 20s I used to be able to go out (during the day) with NO foundation whatsover and feel confident. Now, I am 29 and I have lived with extremely oily skin & adult acne for the past 5 years. I have tried so many creams, lotions gels (including rxs) and regimens and nothing worked! I have been on the cream 0.1% for about a week now and the stinging and burning is extremely unbearable in the morning. Applying makeup is the one thing I DREAD, even though every morning I exfoliate the sh*t outta my face and apply a heavy cream. Even through all of this I can still see a noticeable difference in my skin…a sort of glow, through the flake (if that makes any sense…lol). With that being said, Im very excited to see what the future brings! Goodluck to everyone =)

Ps. I have blue cross blue shield and my copay is only $20. My derm told me writing on the script that it is for the txt of acne is key. Hope that helps at least ONE person! =)

October 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm
(236) kathi says:

I went to a derm when I was thirty, he recommended retin A. I tried it but my face got red and flaky and I thought it was kind of a mess. Anyway, my skin looked pretty good without it….I was thirty, ya know?! So, now I am sixty and I just went back to that derm for the first time, having become discontent with others and finding that this one was still practicing. He looked at me and said, “You didn’t take my advice!”. He was right. I now use Retin A again, and I have found that with the use of my Clarisonic facial gizmo, I have no flaking. The turnover is also faster. I also use a mild exfoliating night cream over the Retin A, which also accelerates turnover. And, I am using it on crepy skin on my inner arms and I see an improvement.

Retin A is an excellent product for everyone, I just talked my thirty year old niece into buying some and she already sees a difference. Hopefully, she will not drift away from it as I did.

October 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm
(237) TINA says:

I’m an Asian woman( from India) age 36 . I been using Steiva-A since last 2 months. My skin is very dry. I wash my face at night put Paula’s
skin recovery daily moisturizing lotion then after sometime put pea sized amount of retin a. in the mornings i put Paula’s extra care moisturizing sunscreen spf 30. My skin becomes very dry . its peeling more around the chin & nose area more. my cheeks aren’t peeling at all . could anyone tell me if i am using in the right manner. my skin is becoming too flaky. ur comments are needed.

October 16, 2011 at 11:50 pm
(238) beauty says:


It usually takes a few weeks for your skin to adjust and it’s normal to have dryness, redness, peeling and flaking. But 2 months is a bit long. My dermatologist contact suggests starting slowly on vitamin a creams if you are concerned about redness and peeling. This means every other day or even every few days at first, adding more days of usage in as your skin adjusts. I think you should cut back to every other day, exfoliate using a washcloth at night and using a thicker moisturizer.

If it persists, you might check with your dermatologist and get on a less intense version of the cream. I assume it comes in milder and stronger formulations as Retin-A does.


October 18, 2011 at 1:04 am
(239) Tez says:

Some 30 years ago i had heard on a radio program on the skin benefits of Retin A. But; due to it being a prescription drug/cream could never get my hands on any. for the past 20 years I now regular go to Thailand once or twice a year especially in the winter when its cold in Europe and Grey Sky’s. There you can buy it in most pharmacy’s across the counter and it is cheap. A large tube costs about 4 dollars/euros. Make a mix of moisturizing cream to weaken the mix a little and you have a years stock. If you use it strait you will get a red color on your face as if you have been out in the sun for the first time at summer. I am 67 and my skin looks that of a 40 year old. One tip; Don’t sun lay out in the sun. You can get brown and crinkly in the sun or stay smooth and fresh as a daisy with Retin A. Oh; by the way I’m a strait guy.

October 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm
(240) EJ says:

I have been using Retina A 0.5% for about a month. I can see it makes difference already.

I have two questions.
First, can I use eyecream after putting on Retina? All my face is super senstive now and I am anxious if Retina makes my eye area extremely dry and cause wrinkles. I usually put it on around eye area as well.

Second, can I take a multivitamin? I am worried about vitamin A overdose.

Please, someone answers my questions.

October 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm
(241) Michelle says:


You can certainly use an eye cream after Retin-A. Just keep in mind the undereye area is more fragile so it is recommended to wait 45 minutes to 1 hour before applying the eyecream. This should prevent dryness without affecting the results.

Retin-A is not as concentrated as other retinoids, but you may still want to avoid taking a vitamin A supplement while using Retin-A. However, taking a multivitamin is safe as long as it does not contain high doses of vitamin A. An employee at the vitamin store should be able to help you find one that meets this criteria.

October 26, 2011 at 7:59 pm
(242) Catherine says:

Great comments and suggestions from everyone. I just started using it about a week ago and already age spots on my hands are gone! Crazy. I’m 53 and wasn’t happy to see those spots appear this year and they were raised and rather large (pea size). Now they are gone.

I was wondering if Retin -a is advised for moles that are non-cancerous? I have one on my side above my hip that is one of those that is tan in color and texture of sandpaper.

October 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm
(243) Saba says:

Hi everyone,

Thankyou so much for the valuable input and of course the article. I am 28, and have an average skin. I want to use tretinoin but currently I am breastfedding so maybe after I am done with it. My question is, can I use it for 3-4 months then discontinue if I get pregnant again and then reuse it after 1-2 yrs? Will it help in long run? Will my skin become red, scaly evertime i restart?

October 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm
(244) Chunny says:

It will be the first time for me using Retin-A tonight. I bought obagi that is how I know Retin-A. I am wondering: Can I use other line of moisturizer and sunceen together with Obagi?
Please advise.
Thank you!

November 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm
(245) Lisa says:

I’m starting on week four using Retin-A, .05% cream. My general practitioner wrote the prescription but gave minimal instructions for use. Thank goodness for Google and MakeUpAlley.com for information. Iím 36 years old, life long battle with acne, and tons of rolling acne scars to prove it. Dual health insurance coverage means no out-of-pocket cost for the 20mg tube. I use Retin-A every third night, buffered with moisturizer.

Evenings: CeraVe Foaming Cleanser. Wait 20 minutes. Apply CeraVe PM moisturizer. Wait 20 minutes. Apply pea sized amount of Retin-A to entire face.

Mornings: CeraVe Foaming Cleanser, apply Clarins UV Plus HP Daily Shield SPF 40 to my entire face and Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care SPF 30 to my eye area. Regular makeup application including Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation with SPF 20.

During the day I use Clean & Clear Oil Control Film to blot excess oil.

I use a micro fiber washcloth a couple times a week for physical exfoliation Ė I use very gentle pressure to minimize redness. A little cleanser and wet micro fiber cloth does the trick. I may incorporate chemical exfoliation (Paulaís Choice Exfoliating 2% BHA Liquid) later into my routine, using on opposite nights of Retin-A.

So far, minimal purging, a few extra pimples in week one. Iím still holding my breath since Iím only in the first month of use. My skin definitely looks less dull, more glow. Realistically, Retin-A wonít do anything for the existing scars but if it helps clears up my acne Iíll be very happy.

Interestingly, when I checked the pharmaceutical formulary guide to see if my insurance would cover Retin-A/tretinoin, there is an age restriction of age 35 or younger for the insurance company to cover the prescription. Glad to know I have other options to purchase this if my insurance decides to stop paying for Retin-A.

November 8, 2011 at 11:32 pm
(246) Berni says:

I’m 38. Two years ago, I started having adult acne. I started using Retin A a month ago and my acne are gone. I have clear skin but started having large pores. Can we do something about it? I work nightshift now, but just continued using retin a in the evening even though I work at night. Put moisturizer in the morning when I sleep. Will that be fine? Can we do something about large pores?

November 8, 2011 at 11:36 pm
(247) Berni says:

Can we do something about having large pores for using retin a?

November 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm
(248) mel says:

Just started using this product. Skin is obviously dry & super sensitive but i am more concerned About the crinkling around my eyes.. why is this? I am 33 & it appears worse when i use this. Is it normal to break out initially as well?

November 19, 2011 at 1:09 am
(249) Buy Flagyl Online says:

Please write more articles like this one, I learned a lot!

November 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm
(250) katie says:

I bought two tubes of Retin A Micro .04% from the Canadian Pharmacy about a month ago.. I must be very sensitive to it because it just made my face burn very badly.. I can not use it at all. Now I am stuck with one full tube and almost full second tube.

Guess some people just can not use it because of their skin being so sensitive.

November 21, 2011 at 7:48 am
(251) beauty says:

If you have sensitive skin, you should use a very low dose like .025% and start very slowly, using a pea-sized amount every few days. You can work up to using it more often as your skin adjusts.

November 25, 2011 at 2:16 am
(252) shree says:

i’m 21 yrs old.I have been using tretinoin (0.025%) for the past 2 weeks. i’m still in search for a sunscreen and moisturizer.Need some recommendations

November 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm
(253) Isabella says:

I agree 100% I have been using it for many years, thanks to a good friend and my doctor. I look 10 or more years younger that my friends that are using very expensive cream. Retin A is the BEST!!

November 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm
(254) dee says:

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December 22, 2011 at 4:13 am
(255) lush illuminations says:

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January 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm
(256) Maureen says:

I LOVE this site! For finding the best price, you DON”T NEED A PRESCRIPTION! Just ‘google’ generic Retin-A (tretinoin) and search, search, searchÖ you can find it available without a prescription from many sites. I paid just $99 for 3 tubes of 20g Tretinoin Microsphere Gel 0.1% at http://www.BrandNameSkinCream.com. I’m only on week #3 and have much peeling and mild redness but with 95% of the women reporting excellent results in the long run, I’m hanging in there for the duration! Good Luck!

January 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm
(257) KIKKU says:

Helllo Everyone. Now I have been using Retin since Aug 10. My skin is shining everyone complements me that my skin has improved. before i would use it for a month or so then leave it. Iam from India even the Indian version i very good it just costs a $ 1.

I had one question from beauty , now my skin doesn’t peel much around cheeks is it my skin has got used to it or I need to apply more.

Good luck to others stick to it.

January 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm
(258) beauty says:

hi Kikku,

Your skin is getting used to the Retin-A which is a good thing. At first, skin usually peels and then stops. The product is working fine.

I’m glad you are loving it!

January 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm
(259) JEWEL says:

I have read all d wonderful testimonies about Retin-A. Please can anyone tell me if alldaychemist and medsmex in Mexico ships to Africa, Nigeria precisely cos I would really love to try this amazing product.

January 22, 2012 at 11:16 am
(260) Marsha says:

I was prescribed Retin A Micro 0.04 for treatment of suppurativa hidradenitis. It helps clear the areas of boils (in the groin, external genital area, and armpits). It is covered by my insurance company due to the medical necessity of clearing up boils. It tends to burn & itch after a few days of use, but considering it is in a very sensitive part of my body, I guess that is normal. It does help the lesions to drain faster and clear up. There is no cure for hidradenitis but Retin A Micro does help. I am considering using it on my face for a better complexion and hopefully to improve my 48-year-old complexion.

February 5, 2012 at 8:40 am
(261) Pavlina says:

I have a tube of Retin-A. I live in tropical climate, where the sun is strong everyday of the year. Will the sunscreen be enough to protect my face from burning? And also anyone knows how safe is swimming in salt water while using the product? Thank you!

February 8, 2012 at 11:03 pm
(262) Alexa says:

Hi everyone,

I’ve been using retin A since I was 25 and I’m now 48. It is a little miracle in a tube. I always put on moisturizer first, wait a half an hour and then apply it liberally on my face and neck every other day. When I go for facials they rave about how smooth my skin is. I get many comments about looking younger but u can really see the result in photos. If you’re having issues with dryness, scale it back to every 3-4 days. Don’t give up? Everyone feels better when they look good. You deserve it.

February 11, 2012 at 12:28 am
(263) Elizabeth says:

I just started using Retin A gel .05%
I ordered it from the Canadian Pharmacy and it came to me from India. I’m wondering how I know if it’s good and how long it lasts? I don’t feel much from it so am wondering if I need something stronger. Thanks!

February 11, 2012 at 10:46 am
(264) Marta says:

Been using Retin A for over 10 years. love love love it.
Still havnt found a good web sight to purchase it w/o a perscription. was going to mexico, havnt had a chance and almost out. any suggestions???

February 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm
(265) LOVEGOODSKIN says:

Does dermatologist only prescribe Retin-A to acne skin?

Does Retin-A help dark spot from sun?

February 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm
(266) beauty says:

In the United States, you need a prescription to get Retin-A or any of the many Vitamin A derivatives that are used for anti-aging purposes (Renova, etc). You can get these topical treatments over-the-counter in other countries including Mexico and Canada.
As for dark spots, your best bet is lasers to lighten those, but Retin-A has been known to help for some people.

February 22, 2012 at 10:32 am
(267) Kathyk says:

I have been using retin A for almost 30 years! Love it! I am 64 but do look younger than everyone my age (except those with surgical procedures). Tthe hands do give mr away though and alas, you can’t stop gravity. I Never go out without sunscreen summer or winter!!

February 22, 2012 at 10:46 am
(268) Kate says:

I have been using Retin A for almost 30 years and love it. I look much younger than my 64 years and much younger than friends my age. The hands do give you away. I never go out, winter or summer, without sunscreen! Retin a does make you sun sensitive so Be careful!

February 26, 2012 at 7:38 am
(269) IQra says:

Can this cream remove the spots?

March 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm
(270) Suzanne says:

Jeanne (#25):
Jeanne the retinol you are utilizing is not on the same level as retin-a. It’s not a drug. There are generic tretinoin creams that cost less than the “retin-a” name brand. These are also RX only. We can’t compare apples to oranges here.

March 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm
(271) AB says:

I just had photo dermatitis – most locally the result of allergic reaction to fragrance in all those pricey creams I’ve been using – and my dermatologist is recommending retin- a at night, spf lotion for the day after I clear that up.

I just checked out The environmental working group’s skin deep web site – where they look at ingredients in skin care products and give them a score of 0-10, with 6 being moderate hazard, 10 high. O-2 low.

They give tretinoin (retinoic acid) a 6 – not so great. And the detail as to why isn’t comforting.

Did anyone else have concerns about retin-a from a long term health impact – and if so – did you find anything that allayed your concerns? Anyone who has used it a long time had any issues?

Also- I spend a lot of time outside in the summer (calif) gardening, hiking, etc. and even with spf end up with a light tan by the end of summer. Would that be a problem on retin -a?

I go back in 2 weeks to chat retin-a with my doc – so any insight is welcomed!

March 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm
(272) blessed nelle says:

Great insight everyone! I am a beauty fan since late 20′s and have tried many different products, I am now 32, so I think I may buy my Retin-A tomorrow after all these raves. I’ve so many creams/lotions/spritzes here that I discard after some time as I do not find it effective. Lucky for us here, I’ve once asked how much Retin-A is and reputable pharmacies are selling it at about $10 only, and without prescription! Can’t wait for the effect!

March 19, 2012 at 10:00 am
(273) Debbie says:

I live in Belize and use Retin-A 5% it comes in 4 strengths. No need for prescription but it is a pharmacy product. 40g tube here is only $16. Last me about 4 to 6 months, love it.

March 24, 2012 at 4:24 am
(274) Lena says:

Hi all, I am 24 can I still use this product?

March 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm
(275) rose says:

ive used Retin A since my early 20ś when it was prescribe to me by my derm doc for acne. I am 51 yrs old now and look 30 something. It is fantastic!! At first time use, all the acne that was under the skin will come up so your skin will look worse before it gets better BUT it does get better! Whenever I go to Mexico i buy 2-3 tubes of the 1.0% strength (the strongest), it costs $30.00 US dollar and I can buy it OTC. In the US its only available with a prescription and its costs over $100.00.

The stuff really works, people can believe I am 51 yrs old. Only a small amount is needed, anything more than a pea size is wasting it because more is not better in this case.

April 2, 2012 at 6:09 am
(276) Minna says:

Im 30 years and im interesteed in reatin-a. Do you think its ok to use it at my age?

April 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm
(277) beauty says:

Hi Minna,
Yes, it’s safe to use at your age.

April 11, 2012 at 12:47 am
(278) James c says:

This works so well.
I will never stop.

April 23, 2012 at 9:28 am
(279) grace says:

Do not dilute Retin A or other brand name equivalent with any moisturizer as it will not give you the desired effect.Only get it on
prescription from your doctor. Use a pea size on each cheek, forehead,
chin and throat.I have tried so many creams over so many years of wasted money. Nothing works but Retin A. You cannot buy it in Sydney
Australia so I use ReTrieve Tretinonin 0.05% which is identical.
I am 69 and have been using it every night for the past nine years aroung my eyes and mouth(never had a problem) Stick with it and you will get results that you will never get with the most expensive of creams!
When people find out my age,some ask if I’ve had laser surgery and it
puts a big smile on my face!

May 4, 2012 at 2:56 am
(280) Clarrise Marson says:

Thanks for the great advice! Itís good to hear that all it takes to have great skin is just this one product.

May 11, 2012 at 9:49 am
(281) Rebeca says:

Having a hard time ordering from a site witch is the most trusted site to order from?
Thanks :)

May 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm
(282) art says:

i’d really like to get started on retin-a for my current acne and acne scars. i’m 44 and have had acne all of my adult life. smoothing the fine lines would be a wonrderful benefit too:) here’s my concern… we swim a lot in the summer, and since that’s right around the corner should i wait to start? i wear nutrigena 80 spf on my face when i swim, but i’m worried it still might be a problem. however, my skin is so dry in the winter i’m afraid the cracking and peeling may be more than i can bear. any input would be greatly appreciated!

May 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm
(283) beauty says:

You must stay out of the sun while on Retin-A products, so I would advise to wait until after summer. And to avoid supremely dry skin, make sure to liberally apply moisturizer to face every morning and exfoliate a couple times a week with a washcloth and an oil like extra virgin coconut oil or almond oil. Simply apply oil to washcloth and exfoliate skin in a circular manner. Much cheaper than a exfoliant or a Clarisonic. You can mix in the Retin-A with moisturizer at night as well or apply moisturizer first, then the Retin-A. And start out slowly, using every few days so your skin adjusts.

Best of luck to you!


May 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm
(284) Keisha says:

After a certain age, insurance looks at retin-a as purely cosmetic since it helps with wrinkles. Get a prescription and take it to Costco pharmacy, you will be pleasantly surprised with your out of pocket cost, which was less than $20.00 for my strength. Also, if your derm. Is giving you a hard time with a prescription, make an appointment for a physical with your local doctor and bring your old prescription of retin-a with you and ask the doctor to fill the prescription. Do not say you want it for wrinkles! Hope this helps answer some of the questions I read on the post.

May 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm
(285) LizzyP says:

Great reviews, and seems like Retin A can give you really smooth nice skin, but how about if you already have smooth skin with no lines, and want more for skin firming? San Retin A help firm ‘mildly’ slack skin?

May 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm
(286) beauty says:

Hi Lizzy,

Retin-A will improve your skin tone, for sure, but I don’t think it will firm up slack skin. Your best bet is a laser for that.


May 27, 2012 at 11:48 pm
(287) Julie says:

Forget Insurance. Go to Alldaychemist and get retin A for $20.00. Big pharma wants you to pay $120.00 for it in the states. Talk about a scam. Impersonally use the 10% solution. I am 51 and my skin is awesome.

May 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm
(288) Karla says:

I have been using Retin A from either Mexico or India since 2008. I had dermabrasion, not micro, in February 2008. After that healed, my skin looked wonderful. My surgeon told me to start using Retin A in 60 days. I purchased my first tube 40 gr tube at Walmart for $89.00 plus tax.

Having just retired, I bought some in Mexico on vacation. I still order it on line. A couple of months ago, I bought a room size humidifier for my bedroom. I use it nightly. I was pleasantly surprised that it really stopped the “peel” totally. I am in dry Utah. I am 70 and people I meet are shocked and say I don’t look a day over 50. I also am vegan and work out 4+ days a week. I wish I had done Retin A much earlier,

May 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm
(289) beauty says:


Thanks for sharing your personal experience with Retin-A. I think word of mouth from people you trust is the best marketing tool for a product — way better than ads and even better than a beauty writer’s recommendation.

I bet you look amazing.

May 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm
(290) Cindy Binnie says:

I wanted to try a mild retinol product to see how it affected my acne prone skin and I am happy to say that there are only two products in the world that do not make me break out after using it and the Lady Soma Renew Serum is one of them. I noticed my skin was much smoother after just the first application and only improved afterwards. No tingling or burning as with other retinol products and I even applied it around my eyes without any negative reactions.

June 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm
(291) Larry Heller says:

Retin A (Genuine Product) is just approved for over the counter
for those who find it hard to get who prefer to order I found it on
Amazon. It feels wonderful to continue using a product withtout
paying a doctor for after 15 yrs and the way my skin feels/the warning
signs/I don’t need help applying this medication.

I wish more and more medications that would not be abused could
be legalized for it would help in our poor health care system with
paying to see doctors for meds that I’ve been on my whole life. And
if only forced with a 3 year check up on the drug and my body it would
save me lots of money which I badly need to do.

June 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm
(292) Mari says:

Could someone who’s used it around the eye area advise if the crinkly effect goes away if you continue using it, as it does with the rest of the face? Or should application around the eyes be discontinued if the skin starts getting more wrinkly? My tear drop area is red and looks more wrinkly, but the trick may be to continue using it until it peels and gets better but I don’t want to make it more wrinkly permanently… Anyone has experience with this? Would the eye area peel like the rest of the face, or is it better just to avoid it?? Thanks!

June 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm
(293) Getty says:

I get my RetinA or Renova in Mexico or lately have discovered some plastic surgeon offices or aestheticians will sell it without a script in all strengths. I use .1%, the strongest. Recommend people start out with lower % strength, begin routine using it every other night or every 3rd night till adjusted. Will go through rough, dry flakey stage. That”s good but a pain. Find the best sunscreen and use it religiously. One can even dampen fingers to smooth pea-size amount over face, neck and chest, rinse hands after applying. Don’t want flakey fingers. Good luck.

June 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm
(294) Kathy says:

I had a baby less than a month ago and I’m currently nursing. Does anyone know if it’s all right to use Retin A on stretch marks on the stomach? Thx!

June 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm
(295) beauty says:

Hi Kathy,

You should not use Retin-A when pregnant OR nursing.

I have done extensive research on Retin-A and I have not read of any long-term benefits of using it on stretchmarks.


June 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm
(296) Lora says:

Hi – what is the difference between Retin A and Retin B? I purchased Lumirance Retin B Universal Cure and am wondering how to use it and is it safe if i am going on vacation to the beach? Thank you!

July 16, 2012 at 10:52 pm
(297) Cheri says:

I started using a retinol product–it’s the highest percent I could find online. It’s 1% by life-flo.

I know it’s not a retinoic acid, but it does make my skin peel–does this mean it’s strong and working?

Also–about the red capillaries–it seems like if you’re prone to broken capillaries or acne rosacea, you might be triggered by retinol products (just like any other skin irritant–sun, sometimes alcohol, or even heat) , but I’ve heard that the effect of strengthening the skin can actually help prevent broken capillaries in the long run.

July 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm
(298) joo says:

Hi..I am 33 yrs, having a Pregnancy Mask since 5 years after I conceived my first son, Now it is mild but want to get rid of it from my cheeks, Can I use Tretinoin Cream U.S.P.(Retino-A)0.05% from Pharmacy in India by Johnson & Johnson. Is there any difference with that from abroad?Please Suggest.Thanks

August 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm
(299) Addy Potter says:

I have heard a lot about Retin-A when my husband and I were out shopping for old smokey charcoal grill. I ran into a old friend of mine and her skin looked great. I asked her what she used and she told me Retin-A. I went out and bought some that day. I really love what I am seeing so far.

August 5, 2012 at 6:09 am
(300) smiddy says:

FYI Dove Shea butter soap is also good for acne. I ist got prescribed renting A to see if it works on my wrinkles that I got this year from allergies. My first year having allergies and. It did a number on my eyes. The dove Shea butter soap does wonders. I asked a couple of people whaere they using on their skin, I told my cousin and her face cleared up in a few weeks. She had acne on top of acne. Her face looks amazing.

August 8, 2012 at 11:58 am
(301) Dolly says:

Hi everyone…….I came here accidentally and now I am addict to this page.actualy I am looking for the treatment of my dark,shadowy and chicken skin underarms.it looks so bad thats why I cannot wear any sexy dresses.i am 34 years .my face is good but I always worried about my
Underarms. Pls advice me can I use Retina A for my underarms?is there any special technique to use it on underarms or how many “% value to use it
Pls pls reply my query friends

August 9, 2012 at 10:28 am
(302) beauty says:

Hi Dolly,

I suppose you could try Retin A on your underarms. People use it on their hands and chests to good effect, but if you live in the US it could be a pricey fix. Retin A is by prescription only and will cost you around $100. I would suggest toning up your arms by exercising with weights and doing push-ups. If your excess skin is from excessive weight loss, I’m afraid that if toning by exercise doesn’t work, your best option is surgery to remove the excess skin.

Best of luck to you,

August 18, 2012 at 3:04 am
(303) Ravine Hotel says:

In my case I used Retin A when it first came out for acne and used it for years afterward. Stopped a few years ago as the med expired and now I canít get an Rx from my derm since he doesnít think I need it since I no longer have acne.(Iím 54 and can use all the help I can get). Has anyone an ideas how to get an Rx from anyone other than their derm? Thanks…

August 18, 2012 at 3:05 am
(304) Ravine Hotel says:

This is a really great post I found some really good information here Iíve got lots of followers on twitter and I will tell all of them about this as I really think itís great information that more people should see keep up the good work be back again soon.

September 2, 2012 at 11:31 am
(305) Stacy says:

Im wondering – how do you get a pea sized amount to spread over your entire face? No matter what I do I can never cover my entire face with a pea sized amount,

September 27, 2012 at 4:07 am
(306) marilyn33 says:

I couldn’t find anyone showing before and afters with retina (particularly on the neck) so I’m doing a photo journal (week by week) on my site and I also link to my doctor who formulates his own and ships it out.

September 27, 2012 at 4:10 am
(307) marilyn33 says:

It’s at beautylaserexpert dot com and if anyone else has pics to share would love to post them!

September 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm
(308) kare says:

I have been using Retin-A Micro 0.04% and loving it. I also use JuJu products and I have seen great results. I am loving it. One thing I would like to know what great copper peptide should be used?

September 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm
(309) Fakhra says:

I’m fakhra from UAE , i have Balckness on my shoulders and chest I went to 6 doctors and tried all kind of treatments and nothing worked out for me .
At last I went to french doctor ,he gave me retin a and two more creams I have to mix them together .
I love the result 50%better than before I will Continue the treatment .
Retin a is amazing cream .

October 4, 2012 at 9:40 am
(310) miws says:

Hello. Can someone please help me?
I am confused! In the US, Do I really need a prescription to get tretinoin? Or can you get it without prescription? I have seen both on this site.
I have ordered a tretinoin called “Tretinoin Gel USP(A-Ret Gel 0.05%)” manifactured in India at Amazon.com without prescription. Is this gel not a drug? I have used this gel since June and I had some flakiness and some tingling sensations but not sure about the effectiveness since I’ve only been using for 3 months. Also, I’m not sure if I want to continue using it if it’s not real tretinoin.
Is the one I have right now a generic tretinoin or it is just an imitation?

October 11, 2012 at 3:47 am
(311) Melissa says:

Retin A is such an effective cream and it works miracles. I’ve been using this from past 2months and must say that I’m seeing the difference. Thanks to my friend who told me about this friend.

October 15, 2012 at 12:16 am
(312) RRJurong says:

Hi. I am 27 years old F. I have a problem with my chin and bottom part of my face as iam experiencing some tiny pimple like bumps with slight itching present sometimes [not sure whether its milia or not ]. It started appearing 3 weeks back. I am not quite sure whether i am allergic to something. Retin-A creme has been prescribed by the doctor whom i consulted recently. Will it be effective. Does it have any side effects ? Please share ur views.

November 6, 2012 at 7:07 am
(313) Sarah Mitchelson says:


I am looking for some Retin A guidance! I’ve just turned 35 and whilst I look young for my age I feel that the skin around my eyes in particular and between my eye brows is in need of some help and truthfully upsets me. I had the Cosmelan treatment a few months ago (pigmentation treatment) which really helped with some underlying sun damage having exposed my skin to way too much sun in the past. My issue now is the laughter lines under my eyes. I’ve tried lots of lotions and potions and am tired of throwing away money on things that don’t work, so am hoping Retin A could be the product I’ve been looking for.

Advice I need – I have quite sensitive skin what strength should I start with (I’m from scotland but currently living in the french alps so no dermatologists here – will have to order online!)? Does it always cause terrible irritation – do problem areas look more wrinkly before they get better (think I might struggle with this!)? Any other helpful tips?

I read one post further up by a lady who said she now just cleanses, uses sun block, retin A and a moisturiser and her skin is brilliant – this is exactly what I want to get to i.e throw away the millions of bottles that do nothing and go back to a simple skin routine!

Really hoping I’m not expecting too much…..!


November 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm
(314) Fayza Haider says:

Retin A is truly amazing but during winter time my skin gets really really dry, dehydrated and aweful. what moisturizer shoild i use along with it? and if i get pregnant what should i do?

November 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm
(315) beauty says:


You should stop Retin-A before getting pregnant and definitely do not use it while pregnant.

As for moisturizing, I like to use extra virgin organic coconut oil. Use a warm wet washcloth to slough off dead skin, then apply the coconut oil. Works brilliantly.


November 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm
(316) lolly says:

can someone really tell me like how long before should you stop using retin -a before getting pregnant? ( iam talking about retin-a of strength 0.05 cream).

November 28, 2012 at 10:02 am
(317) miws says:

Hi beauty, when do you do washcloth and coconut oil? In the morning? Or, after cleansing before you apply Retin-A?

December 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm
(318) beauty says:

I do the washcloth and coconut oil in the morning. I apply Retin-A at night.

December 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm
(319) Ann says:

I was told by my dermatologist that they are both the same (Tretinoin as the active ingredient in both).

The difference is Renova/TretinoinEmolliant is only approved by the FDA to treat wrinkles so its considered “cosmetic” and that jacks the price up. It is also greasy (Emolliant) so it’s best for dry skin. COST TO ME $176

Retin A / Tretinoin Cream is used for acne and wrinkles so its covered by insurance. It blends into the skin like a moisturizer and is a little more drying. COST TO ME $15

January 12, 2013 at 10:05 am
(320) Eve says:

I just turned 50 in Oct. 2012. I’ve been using renova since my dermatologist gave me some samples with a perscript back in 2009. Since I was a teenager and read in a teen fashion magazine (teen beat maybe?) that a girl should moisturize her whole body after a shower everyday for her life, I’ve done that. I do have good genes, all the women in my family look younger than their actual age, however, the texture of my skin & pores are definitely as youthful as they are due to Renova. I’m usually mistaken for at least 10 yrs younger, sometimes 15. Most importantly, I did start to have wrinkles around my mouth and forehead and after using Renova every night for about 6 months, they went away. I have been using it every night since it was prescribed to me back in 2009. I swear by it! so JUST yesterday I received my Tretinoin .05% cream from an online shop for super cheap (compare $200 for my wonderful Neutragena Renova to this India Based pharm-made kind of smelly cream at $25 with international shpping). So, after reading so many reviews on the internationally made generic brands, I went for it. I hope it works as well. we’ll see. I might do a photo a day test for a year.

January 12, 2013 at 10:05 am
(321) Eve says:

Also sold to me 1st then I bought it on amazon for half the price, was the ” Obagi Elastiderm eye cream restorative elasticity complex” for my eyes. It seemed to work well, but I decided to recently change to a $12 eye cream; “Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle, Eye, 0.5 Ounce ” It has Retin-A and seems to work fantastically!!
I switch around day face creams. If the Sun is out and I’m going to be outside for more than 10 minutes I always slather on Neutrogena with Helioplex. either the Face Shield or Ultra Sheer versions; as long as it is spf 85+. That was also recommended by my Dermatologist. he said Helioplex is the only thing that makes the broad spectrum last. I also use Dr Haushka, Icelandic face products, ither organic creams and Organic Apoteke. I LOVE me my lotions, creams and beauty/Youth enhancers.
Now if I could only lose weight and miraculously fix my herniated disc.

January 20, 2013 at 12:18 pm
(322) Eve says:

Ok friends, I last posted on Jan, 12 2013, and today is Jan 20, 2013 and I already have an UPDATE on the GENERIC RENOVA.
I have very disappointing news. I have been using the Tretinion cream made in India, for about 2 weeks now, and I see a significant difference already in my skin. The glow is reduced and most importantly the skin around my mouth is dry and flaky and even a bit irritated. I never had ANY of that with the Neutrogena prescription Renova. Also, this generic cream of Tretinoin has an extremely odd smell, very similar (or the same actually) to the smell of hair bleach. I find that disconcerting, but I keep using it because so many people have said such great things about the generic version. I have 2 bottles that I will use up, but next time I need it, I’m just going to bite the bullet and spend the extra money for the real stuff which I’ve never had any issues with and which makes my skin look great, smooth, plump and which people comment on. I just turned 50, and people think I’m anywhere between 38-45, nobody can believe my real age. When I used Renova, I actually saw wrinkles diminish, some went away completely using Renova every night for 6 months +) I’ve been using it since 2009).

January 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm
(323) Eve says:

Ok friends, I last posted on Jan, 12 2013, and today is Jan 20, 2013 and I already have an UPDATE on the GENERIC RENOVA.
I have very disappointing news. I have been using the Tretinion cream made in India, for about 2 weeks now, and I see a significant difference already in my skin. The glow is reduced and most importantly the skin around my mouth is dry and flaky and even a bit irritated. I never had ANY of that with the Neutrogena prescription Renova.

January 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm
(324) Eve says:

Also, this generic cream of Tretinoin has an extremely odd smell, very similar (or the same actually) to the smell of hair bleach. I find that disconcerting, but I keep using it because so many people have said such great things about the generic version. I have 2 bottles that I will use up, but next time I need it, I’m just going to bite the bullet and spend the extra money for the real stuff which I’ve never had any issues with and which makes my skin look great, smooth, plump and which people comment on. I just turned 50, and people think I’m anywhere between 38-45, nobody can believe my real age. When I used Renova, I actually saw wrinkles diminish, some went away completely using Renova every night for 6 months +) I’ve been using it since 2009).

February 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm
(325) Amanda says:

I’ve been using Retin A (on and off)since I was 16 years old, I’m now 29. A dermatologist prescribed it for my acne. never really had skin issues growing up and maybe now I think it was because of the Retin A. I just used it because my mom used it religiously, every night. I just started using 0.025 4 weeks ago (every other day) due to my cystic acne returning (hormonal imbalance after having kids) and I can easily say that my acne and overall complexion have improved dramatically in the past 4 weeks. I had forgotten what is was like to have beautiful looking and feeling skin! My skin always looked ok and normal (with the occasional pimple) but Retin A definitely adds that glow and vibrance to it! JUst this week my skin started looking very shiny and dry, started getting flaky and peeling, as expected ( i was getting worried that it hadnt happened). The existing acne that I had dried up very fast and flaked off leaving very little scarring and pigmentation compared to before. I also believe that it has clarified my skin and is making it look rosy, love it. I must say that when the skin flakes off, especially the acne scabs, they look blackish and leave a lighter looking complexion, that’s what I love the most! My cheeks have acquired a rosy glow and my overall face is looking and feeling softer and softer. I did have an acne flare up 1 week ago but the dermatologist said that it was very normal, my skin was reacting to the RetinA. I use RetinA at night after washing with Cetaphil. In the mornings I wash with 4%benzoyl peroxide, swipe with Clyndamycin, and moisturize with a Green Tea moisturizer that contains Nyacinamide for added clarifying action or sometimes if it’s extra dry, I’ll use cetaphil. I was considering botox for my forehead, the dermatologist told me to keep on using the Retin A and I will probably never need botox! (I also use it on my hands and around my eyes)

March 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm
(326) BG says:

To all of you,

Hi, I a 62 year old male that could use some insight to getting rid of age spots. Overall my skin is in pretty good shape. But mainly my forearms and hands show the spots. Would this Retina A work for me?? This might sound funny, but I am very athletic and body build a lot, but I have always been protective of my skin. So, if any of you have any suggestions, please let me know.

Thanks, BG

May 31, 2013 at 2:13 pm
(327) Lisa says:

I’m 43 and have a lot of wrinkles around the eyes and smokers lines and the number 11 on my forehead ……will retina a help or is it too late

June 6, 2013 at 10:47 am
(328) beauty says:

Lisa, Retin A or Renova will help with fine lines and wrinkles and will smooth out your complexion overall, but the only way to fix the 11 on your forehead is with Botox. Your doc can “freeze” your muscles so your face doesn’t make the 11 anymore. Botox helps with wrinkles around the eyes. Deep lines along the nose can be filled with filler but that’s expensive. Botox is more affordable.


July 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm
(329) RiriSunshine says:

And I don’t know much about retinoids, but Retin-A and Tanzorac are both for the treatment of wrinkles and other skin conditions. They’re for spot treatment only and having used both, I wouldn’t use either around my eyes.

I use Lady Soma’s Renewal Serum. It’s amazing. I’ve run out and need to get some more and since running out I’ve noticed a difference in the suppleness and softness of my eye area. Its seems to have smoothed out the wrinkles, and made my skin tone even. Love it!

July 27, 2013 at 5:28 pm
(330) http://www.jackinthehouse.org says:

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August 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm
(331) beauty says:

Hi there, you can quote bits and pieces, but you can’t take an entire article of mine an use it, even with the credit. About.com is very serious about stolen property.


July 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm
(332) Kusum says:

How can I get retin a online?

August 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm
(333) Rodeo says:

Where could you buy Retin A 0.05 where the shipping cost isn’t so expensive? Seriously, some of these sites you recommend, the cost is super pricey

August 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm
(334) beauty says:

Hi Rodeo,

I do not recommend any sites to buy Retin-A. Your best bet is to have someone you know who is traveling overseas or to Canada or Mexico, to pick one up for you. That’s how a lot of people I know do it.

– Julyne

August 30, 2013 at 2:10 am
(335) Regina says:

If you are in Canada, I just noticed that Amazon.ca carries what appears to be real Retin-A for order here online. Hope this helps…


September 16, 2013 at 10:08 am
(336) Anna says:

I was about to use tretinoin, but then I read it can cause infertility and birth defects. Other side effects are serious (anxiety, inflammatory bowls disease, Crohn, depression) I am all for beauty, but not when it conflicts my health. And I am trying to conceive, no tretinoin for me.

December 6, 2013 at 11:34 pm
(337) K1 says:

I just started using Retin A 1 month ago I do like it. I read in 1 of the posts not to use glycolin but another post said using complex 15 was a good combination and I thought I read that is 1 of the ingredients in it . Currently I use Retin A every other night and oil of Olay for moisturizer. Can anyone comment on the Complex 15 and my combination?

January 20, 2014 at 9:17 pm
(338) Ty says:

Hey folks I’m sure it was answered at some point above but it’s different for everybody so here it goes.

I am a 22 year old Canadian and interested in trying out Retin A. I have sensitive skin but can handle redness and peeling. If I go to my doctor what % would you recommend starting off with and whats a great routine for its use?

Can I use 98% Aloe Vera afterwards as an organic moisturizer? Would you do this every single night before bed?

Thank you for reading!! :)

February 17, 2014 at 11:55 pm
(339) Mia says:

Speaking as someone who also has very sensitive skin, I’d recommend the 0.25% concentration and work your way up. My dermatologist gave me 0.50% for my very first use and my face was peeling like crazy and felt like a raw sunburn. Ouch!
In regards to the aloe vera question, it’s important to have completely dry skin before putting on Retin A, otherwise the peeling/itchiness will be much worse. I don’t think you’re supposed to apply moisturizer after putting on Retin A. You can definitely apply it in the morning, though. Hope I helped.

March 21, 2014 at 11:54 am
(340) JoAnn Goff says:

Hi, I have been using retin A, and now retin A micro for about 10 or 15 years. My dermatologist says I can use it around my eyes right up to them, also around my mouth, neck and hands. It is a wonderful product and I get compliments that I look over 10 years younger than I am. I am 49. It has erased all brown spots and portions of my face with sun damage has disappeared. It works so well, and crows feet are a minimum now. I always ask my doctor to write on the prescription that it is for acne, which it is partially, and my insurance covers it. You can find coupons for it on line if your insurance won’t pay for it. I will never stop using it. I love how well it works. Oh and my doctor also says I can use moisturizer under it if it gets too dry. I always use moisturizer underneath. It helps with dryness, yet sometimes still peels, but that is good, then new skin is revealed. Love love retin A micro.

March 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm
(341) JoAnn says:

Hi, I just wanted to say I love retin A micro. I have been using it for around 15 years and I get compliments that I look 10 years younger. My dermatologist says I can use it around my eyes right up to them and over them. He told me I can use moisturizer under it and it helps with dryness. It is also great for neck and hands. Sunscreen is a must, because retin A will make your skin sensitive to the sun. My crows feet are nearly unnoticeable. All of the brown portions of my face that was from sun damage is gone. I love retin A micro. I will never stop using it as long as I can get it. I ask my doctor to put in the prescription that it is for acne, which in part it is. Then my insurance pays for it. I love it.

March 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm
(342) JoAnn Goff says:

Hi, I have read so many good comments on Retin A. I also wanted to add, that my complexion is soft and smooth, and gets better all the time. You have to find what is right for your skin, in the strength of Retin A. And it does take getting use to it. So your skin will peel and be dry at first. And it should peel every so often even after getting use to it, that is what brings out the new younger skin. My doctor said to use the moisturizer underneath Retin A. It helps with dryness and helps to spread the Retin A. I love this product and will never stop using it. It is great for the neck and hands also. You can use it almost anywhere. and right up next to your eyes, that’s the best part. It is a wonderful anti aging product. I have great skin. I get great compliments and at 49, they tell me I look like I’m in my 30′s.

May 19, 2014 at 7:57 am
(343) Jessica Blueberry says:

Hi -I live in the UK (England) I used Retin A .05% cream for 20 years – it was truly wonderful – then they stopped making it – the only thing I could get from GP was .025 gel – which didn’t work and dried out my skin. I have been trying desperately to find a reliable online site where I can order Retin A .05 – genuine – but can’t find anywhere that looks reliable and safe – if anyone knows of a truly genuine site where I can order some of the magical cream, please please can you let me know! Thank you!

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