Also known as: Altinac, Atralin, Avita, Refissa, Renova, Retin A Micro, Retin-A, Retin-A and Renova, Retisol-A, Stie Vaa Forte, Stievaa, Tretin-X, Vitinoin
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Reviews for Tretinoin to treat Acne
Review by Nanchie:
tretinoin: Amazing! I had horrible acne about 5 years ago. Big cysts ALL over my face! When I used tretinoin my face cleared up significantly. However I stopped using it for 1 year and I have acne again. I am now using Retin-A and I hope it gives the same results.
Retin-A (tretinoin): I started getting small bumps, (not exactly pimples, but should be taken care of immediately else it would grow into pimples later) on my forehead and chin areas. It started to spread in cheeks too. I first started using Retin-A cream. Initially I had lots of new breakouts, but didn't give up my patience. New breakouts started to fade out on continuous application at only nights after cleansing with Episoft lotion. After a month I started applying Retin-A, My skin texture, pimple marks, uneven skin tone has improved drastically. Only thing is use this product only at night after proper cleansing. Initially this will cause skin peeling and irritation.
tretinoin: I've been using tretinoin last 3 months & this worked great on my face but now little pimples back & goes away quick , my only problem is my face get so much dryness I don't know what I should do??? Pls help
tretinoin: I'm a 20 year old male, and I've had mild acne since I was 13. After going on antibiotics (pill and cream) in high school, my acne got somewhat better. After not being on anything for the past 2 years, in the last several months my acne flared up again, and I was getting surface spots and painful cysts. A dermatologist put me on Doryx, Benzclyn and tretinoin 0.5 cream. I saw initial improvement with the antibiotics as I was getting less inflammation. However, my skin problem has always been more about an inability to shed dead skin Let me tell you, 6 weeks after using tretinoin, my skin has never looked better and it is continually improving. I still am getting an occasional spot or two, but the texture of my skin is so much softer and spot
Atralin (tretinoin): Atralin is an amazing ointment for acne prone, sensitive skin. I got a prescription for the topical gel because I was having mild to moderate breakouts and had acne scarring that had occurred before I went on Accutane. My skin is very sensitive, so I needed a mild gel. Every night I put a pea sized amount into my palm, mixed it with a small amount of my facial night cream, dabbed bits of the mixture all over my face and neck and then applied my night cream as usual. At first I was discouraged because I was very consistent with my regime and did not see results for many weeks. Then, after about three months of daily use, my acne and acne scarring began to clear up dramatically. I have not had a blemish in months!
Review by sassamouth (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
tretinoin: Be patient. First few weeks it got a little worse, than it has been clear since and I've been using it for 6 months! Made black heads disappear and scars clear and no acne at all! Great product.
24 users found this comment helpful.
tretinoin: This is amazing. I have used it for 2 weeks and I'm shocked at how nice my skin looks. I haven't had to wear any concealer! I have fair, extremely sensitive skin and I think most of the horrible reactions people are getting from this are due to the person not using it correctly. At night after I wash my face I wait 20 mins so my skin is dry and has calmed down, and then apply a tiny amount of the cream to my problem areas (cheeks, nose, chin, around my mouth, forehead). You do NOT want to slather this stuff like benzoyl peroxide and you don't want to put it on a wet, inflamed face...then yes it will sting and burn.
32 users found this comment helpful.
tretinoin: This is my first time posting on this site. Anyway, I am writing this because this is the only topical cream that has worked for me. I've tried many medications, but they would either not work or make my acne even worse. Tretinoin, on the other hand, worked in less than a week, and I could see my acne completely go away after two weeks.
The only bad thing is that this made my skin peel really bad. It would sometimes cause my skin to sting a little when I washed it.
20 users found this comment helpful.
tretinoin: I've been using Tretinoin (0.05 %) for one year now to treat acne on my back, which I had not been able to get rid of with any other topical cream for the past seven years. At first, the Tretinoin cream dried out my skin to the point where it was peeling. I gently exfoliated every morning and used an oil-free moisturizing gel, which helped quite a bit. Then, my acne got worse for a month. However, since I do not feel comfortable using oral medication, I stuck with it and after 6 months my acne was 80% better! There are certain times of the month when some acne does come back, but in general this medication has drastically improved the appearance of my skin. I continue to use it every evening because otherwise the acne seems to return.
tretinoin: I had severe acne since 5th grade and I am in my early 20's, now still having trouble with acne. I went to the dermatologist back in April and I told him that I had tried everything so he prescribed me tretinoin cream 0.05%. I didn't break out more or have any other side effects the other people were saying about but I do have sensitive skin. The first 3 months were like a roller coaster. The acne went away, then it came back, and so on. When the 4th month came in, all my acne disappeared! I was so happy that I stick with it and you should too. It may take a while but it truly works. I have tried everything from pills to creams and this is the only one that works! Oh and your face does get dry, and always remember to put sunscreen in the morning.
12 users found this comment helpful.
tretinoin: A ton of reviews consisted of people saying this product just dried their skin out and made them break out way worse. In those reviews most of them also stated they started using this cream every other day from the start. Dont! I have not had the same experience. My dermatologist told me to start by using this cream once a week for the first two weeks and then gradually increase up to every other day if needed. I started this cream 3 weeks ago using it once a week for two weeks and now have started using it twice a week. I haven't had peeling, burning or redness, and I've actually seen my acne improve already! I will use it twice a week for another 2 weeks and then use it 3 times a week. It appears better to think long term, not a quick fix.
22 users found this comment helpful.
Atralin (tretinoin): I had pretty mild acne in high school but nothing more than a few pimples that I could treat with over the counter medication. I went on birth control and my skin got out of control. I went to college with the absolute worst acne I have ever seen. My face was literally covered and I picked at it all the time. It was a mess. I was prescribed Atralin at night and Acanya in the morning. My skin started clearing up in about a month and within two months it was about 50% better. After about 3-4 months on the product my skin made a complete turn around and my marks are faded. Thank God for this skin care regime. I can finally go outside without make up and I am so much more confident.
30 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Piano Girly (taken for less than 1 month):
tretinoin: I've had pretty bad acne since I was 12, now I am 18 years old. I would usually get it between my eye brows, cheeks, jaw line, and chin. My nose and forehead have always been clear just a few blackheads on my nose but never bumps. I have tried so many things, I was prescribed antibiotics first and it didn't do anything because they were not bacterial. I started using tretinoin cream 0.025% for only one week and my skin is better than ever. I had surface scars, not deep ones and they are already lighter. Also, the acne that was present has gotten a lot smaller and lighter and I have not gotten any new bumps in a week! I usually have a couple new ones every morning. I have also not had any irritation or peeling.
21 users found this comment helpful.
tretinoin: I have had oily skin with tiny zits on my forehead and terrible HUGE pimples on my cheeks for the past 8 years. The pimples would come and go and leave terrible marks and red spots. I was put on minocycline, tretinoin 0.5% and Benzoyl Peroxide wash 10%. 3 days later I got off of mino after reading terrible reviews. I started seeing the results only 3 months later: my zits were completely gone, my skin was smooth and very soft and I was not getting ANY pimples anymore, but the red spots were still there. 6 months later I got off of Benzoyl Peroxide, using it only once a week. Now, its been 7 months now, and I'm VERY happy with the results. My red spots are fading. I'm not getting ANY pimples, my skin is super soft and clear!
13 users found this comment helpful.
Atralin (tretinoin): My 15 yr old son had moderate acne, mainly forehead, neck, and around his mouth. The dermatologist prescribed Atralin, as well as minocycline. These are working, but it really took awhile to see the results, about 3 1/2 months! It's not totally cleared, but looks much less inflamed, and he doesn't have as many breakouts. He also is a major athlete, so perspiration plays a big part too I'm sure! So my advice is be very patient, and give the medicine a good amount of time, it also does get a little worse before it gets better!
tretinoin: I've suffered with moderate acne since I was 13 and tried EVERYTHING right down to home remedies and nothing seemed to work until I was prescribed tretinoin 0.1 cream along with minocycline, but the cream did leave a residue on my face that would Peel in the shower and left flakiness along with redness at first but after a few weeks your skin looks brand new and all the unevenness goes away and your skin just overall looks healthy. Aveeno lotion helps with the dryness! Highly recommend it!
10 users found this comment helpful.
Retin-A (tretinoin): Five years ago, I was prescribed Accutane for my acne. It certainly kept my acne at bay for five years. A few months ago, I started breaking out again and this time the severity was less than it previously was. It was a few small zits and blackheads here and there. I was prescribed Retin A and it was a God send! The first two weeks, I battled with extra oily skin and my face turned beet red. I persevered and by the third week, the redness subsided and my face became acclimatised to it. The acne has definitely gone away as has the blackheads. The plus side is that my face looked smoother in years and whatever residual acne scars and discolorations have softened and looked better and better.
Retin A addressed my acne needs and truly delivered.
43 users found this comment helpful.
Atralin (tretinoin): Honestly, it seemed to make my face appear shiny/greasy and though it cleared up my moderate acne slightly, it did not make the redness/possible scarring areas go away on my cheeks as well the excessive pimples on my forehead. Talking to my doctor soon about a possible better acne solution.
Didn't work for me, but hope it worked for everyone else!
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Atralin (tretinoin): I experienced a really bad stress breakout on my face, chest and back. I was on an antibiotic for a bit and it did nothing. I finally saw a dermatologist and she prescribed me Atralin. After about two weeks of consistent use, I started seeing results. I now have been using it for about 6 months and am so happy with the results. It cleared up the acne on my back permanently, and I went from having big cysts on my face to now only a few blackheads once in awhile, and I don't use it everyday anymore. My chest was the worst, and it cleared up cysts that I had struggled with for MONTHS, and even helped to lighten the red marks they left behind, although they are still somewhat visible. Overall I really liked this product.
24 users found this comment helpful.
Atralin (tretinoin): I'm a 33 yr old female who has experienced mild acne for most of my life. I have tried everything from over the counter products to antibiotics for 3 months. It was just recently that I started using Atralin (3 weeks now) & I don't need to worry about wearing makeup anymore (dream come true). This medication is definitely worth a try paired with other treatments. I currently get a chemical peel once a month, plexion cloths to wash 2x a day and Atralin at night. If my skin continues this way I will be a happier person as I don't even worry about hiding my face anymore.
11 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Retin-A (tretinoin): Okay I just switched from using Differen which helped my skin but didn't completely cure it. I have always had mild to moderate acne. I went to my dermatologist and I started using Retin-A every other night for the past weeks and few days. I'M BREAKING OUT LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW. This is awful and I have to go to school during this. I really hope this is just the initial breakout, and I'm not one of the people who end up saying this left my skin worse then when I started. I'm going to give it another month or two.
14 users found this comment helpful.
tretinoin: I'm 30 and have always had bad acne. I've tried many things and this is my second time using Retin A. I wasn't patient enough the first time but this time I wanted to see if it would work. The initial breakout was horrible and I developed a rash on my arms. I've been using it for 7 months and my skin is super smooth. I still get pimples but they do not stick out and there is only 2-3 at a time instead of my whole face breaking out. I have terrible blemishes and this medication is slowly fading the marks. I feel a little better about myself and don't wake up every morning in fear of what the mirror shows me.
tretinoin: Results could be seen 2-3 wks after using the cream. Complexion is clearer with more of a glow to it. Blemishes heal quicker. Skin does peel initially but is manageable and resolves fairly quickly; which means a lot coming from a person with OCD.
17 users found this comment helpful.
tretinoin: I have had acne since I was about 12 years old. I am now 50. I have tried all acne medication out there. I am now using Doxycycline (oral antibiotic) twice a day, Clindamycin Phosphate in the morning, and Trentinoin at night. For the first time in my life, my face is as smooth as a porcelain. Hope never to stop using this combination of medicines. No break-outs, peeling or irritation. Please just try and see for yourself.
19 users found this comment helpful.
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