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User Reviews for Tretinoin

Also known as: Altinac, Atralin, Avita, Obagi, Refissa, Renova, Retin A Micro, Retin-A, Retin-A and Renova, Retisol-A, Stieva-A, Stieva-A Forte, Tretin-X, Vitinoin

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For Acne: "This is the best medicine for acne prone skin! You have to be patient and give it at least 4 months to start working. A little secret I learnt is to apply it 30-60mins AFTER you’ve applied moisturiser as opposed to applying it before moisturising. It will really reduce the starting up acne flair ups."

   
10

Rossntoss (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 25, 2018

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For Acne: "Used this medicine for acne, it wasn't for me. Too extreme for my face. Spironolactone helped degrease my skin and clean and clear each day is a better fit."

   
3.0

rlcourtney (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 5, 2018

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For Acne: "My son had a bad acne problem his Doctor to him to use this medication two times less two weeks the acne cleared after having this issue for five years"

Coconut (taken for less than 1 month) July 5, 2018

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Retin-A (tretinoin) for Photoaging of the Skin: "37/f here...I have used retinol on and off since I was a teenager and got into my mom's supply. I looked like I got a terrible sunburn the first time I used it on my teenage face. The first few weeks/months are hard but it helps if you ease into it and only use it every other night or every two nights, or even once a week, then increase the frequency as your skin gets acclimated to it. I am often complemented on my skin and am mistaken as being at least ten years younger than I am. I recently had a baby and used some on my stretch marks and c section scar and the stretch marks are practically gone five months later with use only once a week. Retinol has been a godsend for me."

   
10

LA June 24, 2018

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For Acne: "This cream has saved my confidence SO MUCH! I spent so long in the house and antisocial due to overwhelming acne. I finally went to my dermatologist about 5 years ago and was on numerous different meds for years. Finally she tried Trentinoin cream. Guys! I have now been on it for 4.5 months and it has worked WONDERS! The only VERY SMALL pimples I get anymore are because of outlying situations like going hiking all day in our humidity here where I live or falling asleep with makeup on. I never break out from day to day anymore and the scars I do have, have almost literally vanished. I feel so much freedom to do what I want with my life as opposed to being ruled by how I am feeling about my face each day. It’s awesome! For the first two months or so, like everyone else says, your skin will get very red and my neck itched like crazy (didn’t even put it on my neck), but my face got used to it and now I’m doing great! Would HIGHLY recommend this cream for acne!"

   
9.0

Louie S June 20, 2018

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For Acne: "I'm a teen and I started using the gel form of tretinoin (.04%) just about a month ago to help with acne. I have oily/combination skin. At first, I used it every other night for 2 weeks, as my doctor told me to, and after 2 weeks I began to use it nightly. Towards the beginning, I didn't notice any flakiness/redness but my acne did get worse, mostly around my nose and mouth. This lasted for about 5 days before it started to clear up and I haven't had a problem since. I still get minor breakouts but I'm hoping they will go away the longer I use tretinoin. It made my skin noticably clearer and smooth, along with helping the brightness! I would highly suggest the gel form as it's helped me a ton, and I even have sensitive skin. It hasn't really helped with my oily skin, but I'm thinking that it's likely my moisturizer."

   
7.0

haddles (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 14, 2018

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Retin-A (tretinoin) for Acne: "I have used Retin-A .01% Cream for acne for the past 20 years. I find it to be very therapeutic to my skin. Recently my doctor switched me to the gel and its incredible the way it feels. It is not tacky or greasy. Its a very greaseless lightweight gel. There is a little bit more alcohol in the gels than cream but overall it feels great on my skin and is keeping the Acne at bay. I highly recommend this gel, or even the creams for acne but you have to know how to use it. Speak to your doctor if you have any questions and do exactly what he says. Your skin needs to get used to the strongest strength of them all to treat the acne. Its a wonderful, wonderful product."

GV June 6, 2018

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For Acne: "I was prescribed this for my acne, which is moderate but can get really bad at times. They told me it would get worse for about a month and then get better. After using it for 8 weeks, I can tell you it only made it worse. My skin has never been that bad before. On top of the cystic acne, it cause me sensitive skin to be excessively red and dry. They gave me a pill to take with it (Minocycline) though, and it works wonders. 5 days ago I stopped using the tretinoin gel and only take the pill and now my skin is almost completely free of breakouts. Don’t use this gel if you have the choice."

   
1.0

Sam (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 27, 2018

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Retin-A (tretinoin) for Acne: "32-year old female. I'd been on Acanya (benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin) for about 3 years before it stopped working very suddenly. Like, one day my skin was clear, and the next, I had breakouts on my chin and cheeks again. Anyway, I'd ordered a tube of 0.05% Retin-A online a while ago and used to use it as a spot treatment, which worked , for a bit. I think that was too strong for me. Just starting PRESCRIBED 0.025% Retin-A and, the morning after use on my entire face, my skin was less inflamed. I noticed 2 new pimples surfaced, but they were easily extracted. I use cetaphil gentle skin cleanser and then a toner + moisturizer in the mornings. Cetaphil cleanser - wait 20 mins - Retin-A - wait 20 mins - and neutrogena hydro boost moisturizer at night. I have noticed some blemishes come to the surface and minor peeling. But, my general skin tone looks so much better than when I was using the Acanya, despite those two drawbacks. Will keep using and see what the long-term results looks like!"

   
8.0

JustMyStory May 25, 2018

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For Acne: "I was prescribed the tretinoin gel .025 about 6 weeks ago and my skin is terrible! This is the worst my skin has ever looked and I am a scared that it will continue to get worse. Prior to the medication I would get maybe 2-3 inflamed pimples that were painful on my chin and cheek around my menstrual cycle. Now I’m literally waking up to a new painful pimple almost every few days. The pimples also leaves behind an acne mark and takes weeks to fade. I knew there was an initial breakout on period on the medication but I didn’t think it would be this bad. So anyone who starts using tretinoin please be aware of the initial breakout because it is terrible. I don’t think I would have started using this medication if I had know my skin would have turned out like this. Since I’m already 6 weeks in, I’m afraid to stop. I’m hoping the next couple of months I will see improvements."

   
5.0

Alison (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 1, 2018

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Retin-A (tretinoin) for Acne: "I am a 72 year old woman who has been using Retin-A for thirty-four years. I started using it because I had adult acne at the same time my teenage son had acne. I routinely am mistaken for being twenty years younger than I am. I have very few wrinkles. My skin still has dry patches occasionally but they are short lived. I have tried to get several people to use it but they always get discouraged with the redness and peeling in the beginning. This phase does not last forever. Please continue to use it, you will never be sorry."

   
10

DDF (taken for 10 years or more) April 30, 2018

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For Acne: "I had suffered from comedones since I was about 16, and it just kept getting worse; nothing could fix it. My derm prescribed tretinion as a topical, and she warned me about the side effects (which all came true). At first, it's really bad. Not only will your skin be itching you constantly (because it's 'shedding', if you have blackheads/whiteheads like me they will probably turn into pimples and you HAVE TO WAIT FOR THEM TO ALL POP. That horrible phase lasted me about 3-4 months. But it's completely worth it. Looking back, I'm so grateful I didn't stop it (even though it got really realllyyy bad) because I finally got rid of something that was really bothering me. Just hang in there, it will get better and you'll be so happy you didn't stop midway"

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 27, 2018

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For Acne: "I know very little about skin care and have tried a few products to treat what I thought was scarring but nothing worked. Instead of shopping around (because skin care products can be expensive, especially when you don’t know what you’re doing) I decided to go to a dermatologist. Turns out I have acne- mostly near my chin. I was prescribed tretinoin and was told to start off using it 3x a week until I got used to it. It started off rough with the burning/peeling/flaking of my skin, but after reading these reviews and applying oil-free moisturizer after the tretinoin, it only lasted about a week or 2. I am now past that phase of the medication and worked my way up to daily use. Thankfully I stuck with it because after 6 weeks, I am starting to feel confident even after just washing my face. Do not feel discouraged when it gets rough in the beginning- it is so worth it!"

   
10

Ashley (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 17, 2018

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For Acne: "I tried many acne creams and none worked for me until I found tretinoin. It cured my acne within a month or so and my skin has been clear for about a year now. I highly recommend this product. I used a cream with .05% and I needed to get a prescription from my dermatologist so it is not over the counter. Great product!"

   
10

annom (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 14, 2018

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For Acne: "I decided to give this treatment an 8/10 because I have only been using it for about 3 weeks and have not yet seen the full results. However, so far this cream has been amazing!!! I can really see the difference on my skin. The first couple of weeks your face will become extremely dry, begin to flake, and even burn a bit but after your skin will get used to it. I apply the creme every other night and usually try to moisturize with Cerave SA Creme (although meant for body). This has helped tremendously with the dry skin. I broke out a little the first week but after that have had no issues. I also see my blackheads going away as well."

   
8.0

Jas (taken for less than 1 month) April 4, 2018

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For Photoaging of the Skin: "I been using this on and off for a few years. I started office with the middle dose which is 0.5. It does peel your skin, (THAT’S WHAT YOU WANT!) I want it to peel the dead, scarred, wrinkled layer off. It looks kinda bad peeling, but it lessens in a few weeks. I never had bad wrinkles, and look way younger than I am. I would have to say this does the job of peeling away fine lines, smoother and more glowing complexion. It will peel, sting, and burn, but that means it’s working. I have gotten those big cystic pimples too under my skin, but that’s good - it means it’s pushing hidden acne out. I’m glad I got this and will use as long as they make it. Also I use Night of Olay as a moisturizer"

   
8.0

West coaster (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 20, 2018

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For Acne: "I started using this for adult acne. But been on it a little over one month. Noticing a persistent age spot has most definitely started to fade. I did not experience any purging or worsening of acne as I was warned. It does take the oils out of your skin. The places which were on my face when I started have all gone. The extra benefits of clearing up my face is wonderful. The first couple of weeks my skin was really peeling. Now my skin seems to have adjusted. I always use the cream at night then moisturizer + sunscreen every day outside to keep the results I’m getting. Oh and remember don’t put Retin A on your damp face, for some reason it’s so much worse on peeling and itching if you do. I am using a very small amount like the size of a pea. Overall I’m very pleased and plan to continue."

   
9.0

Denise (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 8, 2018

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For Acne: "Honestly, my pimples are getting worse, bigger & more red. My skin burns and itches so baddd! I can’t even handle it. This isn’t doing anything for my face. Someone commented on here saying to just keep going & that it will make your acne worse for the first 3 MONTHS then it gets better. Are you kidding me like I have that long to wait & let my face look hideous with more pimples. I have a wedding in 7 months. I’m just gonna make an appointment for laser duh, should’ve known no acne medication I’ve EVER gotten from a “dermatologist” ever worked for me & I barely have pimples. No doctor can help me, seriously this is a joke. If Kim K. had pimples & went to a doctor I’m sure they would give her a product that actually works. Drs are nothing but scams. It’s like they hate for you to look good cause you’re a pretty girl."

   
1.0

Queen A (taken for less than 1 month) February 16, 2018

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For Acne: "I have suffered from acne since I was 12 years old. Now a junior in college, I still had bad breakouts from my period and acne scars from over the years. I decided to visit a dermatologist and she recommended Retin-A. At first, my skin peeled from use every other night, but I decided to use it 3 times a week instead and it helped my skin from the burning/peeling and was still able to get my skin cleared up. I use Cetaphil cleanser every day in the morning and night then tone my face with witch hazel (super good on the skin and does not burn) and finish off with Shea Moisture problem skin moisturizer. Vitamin E oil also helps with the minor peeling if you are experiencing from Retin-A. It has been 4 months and my acne scars have cleared up, I do not have any pimples, and made my skin a more even texture. However, I have noticed that it has lightened my face a bit since none of my foundations no longer match my current skin tone."

   
10

Gcntrrs2 February 13, 2018

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For Acne: "I am just at the beginning of my journey. My face has been broke out terribly for over 2 months which really affecting my self confidence. I really hope through all the reviews I have read that this will help. I’m 37 and have had acne problems off and on for years. I’m ready for a long term solution."

   
6.0

C-Lou (taken for less than 1 month) February 13, 2018

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For Acne: "So I never write reviews unless I absolutely love or hate a product.. now Tretinoin .025 is my life saver. I went to the dermatologist because my skin was so bad I didn't want to go anywhere and I was at a point where I didn't want my own husband to look at me. But I started retin A (tretinoin .025) and for the first 3 months my skin got worse and these reviews are what got me through it JUST KEEP GOING I never thought I'd be the one saying this but I have CLEAR skin now .In the beginning it burned to put it on but I stuck with it and used a fan as I put it on. Here is the regimen in order so you can achieve moisturized skin 1.deep cleanse (wash makeup off) (night) 2.cleanse (fragrance free oil free) 3.TONER (don't skip) (witch hazel) 4.tretinoin (night only) 5.the ordinary hyaluronic acid serum (Pat on don't rub) 6.clinique serum moisture surge 7.moisturizer fragrance free oil free I know it's alot but it's worth it."

   
10

Confidenceisback (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 27, 2018

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Retin-A (tretinoin) for Acne: "Hey guys!! I started using retin-a 0.1% two years back but within a month my skin became very dry i stopped using it though there was no other side effects. But after reading comments here I got inspired and got courage to use it again. So I have started to use it again and hoping that it will work for me as well. I'll leave an update my experience soon.."

Tirti January 25, 2018

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Retin-A (tretinoin) for Acne: "I have been using Retin-A along with the oral antibiotic Clindamycin for 4 months now. I am 20 and have had severe cystic acne since I was 11. I also had a lot of hyper-pigmentation and scarring, to the point where my face was always bright red and bumpy. In just 4 months my face has completely cleared up and smoothed out, it is visibly brighter. The hyperpigmentation is lightening significantly at this point, a few small pimples or blackheads occasionally but mostly clear! The only other product I use is witch hazel as a toner and an oil free moisturizer."

   
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Cheyenne Noel January 21, 2018

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For Acne: "23 Female ! I have very oily skin . Black heads and whiteheads all over face ! Also big pores ! I start using tretionin 6 dec . Today I have a clean face ! No more blackheads or white heads . Very clean face and min. Pores. First 2 weeks my face was very sensitive . And skin felt like dandruff , redness and a lil bit painful - don't get scared your face will get used with this. I put it every night after I washed my face with neutrogena face wash , applied tretionin all over face Over night ! In the morning washed face and apply la roche possay mosturise with 25SPF . I'm very thankful for this medicine that my derm. Gave to me ! "

MegiMlsmn January 12, 2018

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For Acne: "This medicine has changed my life, truly. Since I have stuck with it, through the “purging” phase and continued usage, my skin has never been better! I feel confident in my skin. I’ve been using it at night with clindamycin phosphate gel with benzoyl peroxide in the morning. My skin is more clear than it has ever been. Thankful!!! Would recommend to anyone."

   
10

happychic44 January 10, 2018

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