Topical Application of Tretinoin (Retin-A) for Anti Aging

  • InsatiableBlo...

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    May 18, 2011 3:46 AM GMT
    I was recently prescribed Tretinoin (all-trans retinoic acid aka Retin A) at .025% for the treatment of Acne. I have been using it for about a month and half now, and I have noticed a big difference in the texture and tone of my skin. I am still breaking at, al beit to a lesser degree. In order to remedy this my doctor recently increased the dosage to .05%.

    I've been googling around like any chimpanzee with free access to all the information to the world, and I read that Tretinoin can actually slow down and even reverse facial aging! I read that it is also the only FDA approved cream for the treatment of wrinkles. Pretty amazing stuff.

    I found this video (among several others) from people who use Tretinoin, and they all seem to have glowy, clear skin. The girl in the video below is age 25, but I think she looks about 19.



    In any case, I plan on hoarding loads of this stuff for wrinkles, I mean acne.
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    Anybody else use this product long term/short term for the treatment of wrinkle prevention? Success stories and horror stories regarding tretinoin are welcome!
  • Lunastar

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    May 18, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    It's been recent news about the success of a retinoid, or retin-a cream. I'll be curious to hear about the side effects considering it seems to be a miracle cream thus far.
  • InsatiableBlo...

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    May 18, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    I haven't heard it being called a miracle cream but wow, sounds promising!
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    May 18, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
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    May 18, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    Yup I got prescribed Tretinoin and got the same shpeel about it being this great thing, so I'm sticking to it. It's also helped my adult acne.
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    May 18, 2011 4:53 AM GMT
    I guess the dosage really matters:

    "When used, dryness or increased sensitivity of the affected skin may occur. More sensitive patients may also experience redness, scaling, itching, and burning. A gradual increase in the frequency and amount of tretinoin application is best, as this allows one's skin to adequately adjust to the drug. Patients should be careful to follow their physician's recommendations when beginning a round of treatment.

    This product increases the risk of extreme sunburn; care should be taken (shade, sunscreen, etc.) to protect treated skin from overexposure to ultraviolet light.

    Because usage of tretinoin may cause thinning of the skin, it is strongly recommended that patients who are using the drug abstain from hair removal waxing. The wax will, when removed, pull off the top level of epithelium (skin) with it, leaving a red, inflamed, sore mark for several days. Tweezing or threading (epilation) is a viable option for hair removal. The recommended timeframe to wait for a waxing treatment after using tretinoin varies from source to source; anywhere from 5 days to 3 months have been reported. Patients should consult with their aesthetician and dermatologist to discuss the best hair removal options during or after tretinoin use
    ." (from Wikipedia)
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    May 18, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    I use it every night. Some folks get redness and peeling, but I have had few side effects. The antiwrinkle properties are proven.

    You can order it from an overseas pharmacy much cheaper than it can be had at the drugstore in the US.
  • InsatiableBlo...

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    May 18, 2011 5:00 AM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidYup I got prescribed Tretinoin and got the same shpeel about it being this great thing, so I'm sticking to it. It's also helped my adult acne.


    I hope it prevents my acne and wrinkles in the future!
  • Webster666

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    May 18, 2011 5:09 AM GMT
    It was prescribed to me for acne, when I was a teenager.
    I don't care one way or the other about wrinkles.
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    May 18, 2011 9:49 AM GMT
    Amazing stuff. Sunscreen should always be a religious experience at any age (I'm not talking generic chemical sunscreen), but again some people are in denial that they are actually exposed to UVA daily.

    I enjoy Retin-A because it's slow acting and not as harsh as some of the other acids I put on my body.

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    May 18, 2011 9:57 AM GMT
    It's been around for a while. Retinoids change the cell structure of the outermost layer of the skin, not beyond that. Eventually the wrinkles will come back when that skin is sloughed off (sounds gross I know) in natural processes or when you get sunburned!

    They also dry your face out REALLY badly and for many people make their complexion worse, not better.

    Be weary the fountain of youth like stories in the news lol
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    May 18, 2011 10:42 AM GMT
    Urine works. I’m not one to try something like that but has anyone tried it. I saw it in a documentary title “Extreme Male Beauty” you can watch it on youtube.
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    May 18, 2011 11:33 AM GMT
    deltalimen saidAmazing stuff. Sunscreen should always be a religious experience at any age (I'm not talking generic chemical sunscreen), but again some people are in denial that they are actually exposed to UVA daily.

    I enjoy Retin-A because it's slow acting and not as harsh as some of the other acids I put on my body.



    The only constant in the last million years has been the sun, so I don't buy into this idea of 'daily sun exposure' unless you are working on a building site or a farm.

    Putting man made acids on your skin though..... Do I really need to say anything about that.
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    May 18, 2011 11:53 AM GMT
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    The only constant in the last million years has been the sun, so I don't buy into this idea of 'daily sun exposure' unless you are working on a building site or a farm.

    Putting man made acids on your skin though..... Do I really need to say anything about that.


    Believe what you want, but your beliefs are against the science. Sunscreen and Retin A (or possibly some nonprescription retionoids) are the only things proven to reduce wrinkling - which is of course purely a cosmetic concern.

    Medically speaking, the main benefit of sunscreen is to reduce the incidence of skin cancer. The regular use of Retin A helps to normalize skin cell growth in sun-damaged skin, so it has medical benefits also.
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    May 18, 2011 11:59 AM GMT
    showme said
    Thisuserexists said
    The only constant in the last million years has been the sun, so I don't buy into this idea of 'daily sun exposure' unless you are working on a building site or a farm.

    Putting man made acids on your skin though..... Do I really need to say anything about that.


    Believe what you want, but your beliefs are against the science. Sunscreen and Retin A (or possibly some nonprescription retionoids) are the only things proven to reduce wrinkling - which is of course purely a cosmetic concern.

    Medically speaking, the main benefit of sunscreen is to reduce the incidence of skin cancer. The regular use of Retin A helps to normalize skin cell growth in sun-damaged skin, so it has medical benefits also.


    And the "harsh acids"?
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    May 18, 2011 12:33 PM GMT
    Thisuserexists said
    And the "harsh acids"?


    Maybe glycolic acid, for facial peels? I dunno.
  • SuperPump

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    May 18, 2011 12:49 PM GMT
    I have Retin-A and this stuff will dry your face out bad and cause rashes that itch like crazy. no thanks!
  • Celticmusl

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    May 18, 2011 1:05 PM GMT
    showme said
    Thisuserexists said
    And the "harsh acids"?


    Maybe glycolic acid, for facial peels? I dunno.


    I use a product with glycolic acid for my breakouts(and wrinkles). It's a treatment so you wash it off soon after application and it doesn't sit on your skin all day. Salicylic acid has never worked on my acne but it seems to be in 99% of otc acne treatments.
  • InsatiableBlo...

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    May 18, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    Can you use glycolic acid in conjunction with tretinoin?
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 18, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
    If there is one product in my bathroom that I absolutely will not be without, it's Tretinoin (Retin-A). I have been using it for years and it has dramatically helped the skin tone and texture of my skin. You have to be sure to use lots of moisturizer to keep your skin from drying out, and definitely wear sunscreen during the day, but the results are worth it.
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    May 18, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    I've been using tretinoin (retin-a) for over 17 years. Yes, over 17 years. So I have a lot of experience on this topic. I can tell you this.

    My skin looks so young, its ridiculous. It gives a glow, I have no wrinkles whatsoever. I started off with .025%, then .05, etc. Initially it was prescribed to me for acne.

    I can get it by prescription here in Canada, but usually get it from someone wgo goes on holidays in mexico, as its much much cheaper there, 30$ a tube as opposed to 90 a tube here.

    The effects are gradual, and work over time. It's not an over-night thing. It works. The end.

    If any questions on it, feel free to message me.
  • Sarah4142

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    Feb 18, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
    I can recommend a reputable pharmacy (Tretinoin) - http://www.canadian-pharmacy-24h.com Good price and quality.
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    Feb 18, 2012 3:22 PM GMT
    I wouldn't recommend using Glycolic peels alongside Retin A. Both exfoliate the skin so it would be too harsh in the long term.

    If you can tolerate Retin A use that, as it's more effective in creating more collagen however right now I'm preferring Glycolic peels, the results are faster and you get such a nice dewy sheen to your skin after 2-3 applications.

    Start with 30 % and work your way up if your skin can tolerate it.