Retin-A is the brand name for the drug Tretinoin. It is a prescription only medication used to treat comedonal breakouts and inflammatory acne. It is approved for medical use by the FDA in 1962. The active ingredient found in Retin-A which is tretinoin is also used as a treatment for wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation.
Tretinoin is under the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. It is considered as one of the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. However, Retin-A is a drug that belongs to pregnancy category C and should not be used by pregnant women.
If you want to find out more about the first-hand experience from people who have used Retin-A, we have posted videos and photos below that you can refer to. You can watch the videos to get more information about the medication, its effectivity, and side effects.
This post aims to share information about Retin-A including its results, uses, how it works, its benefits and side effects. We are not doctors or related to any medical institution. We do not promote any product or are partaking in any particular opinion. Like any other drug, Retin-A can be dangerous to your health when you use it without proper guidance from a professional. If you want to try this medication, consult your physician and talk about the best medication that will work on your skin condition.
Before and After Results of Using Accutane As Told By Users
The photos and videos posted below are the before and after results from users who have taken Retin-A as a medication to treat their skin condition. Take note that the effect of the medication will depend on your body’s reaction. It does not mean that if it works for others, it will also work for you or vice-versa. It is best that you get in touch with your doctor and ask if you can use Retin-A.
✅ Video – 8-month treatment update
The video above is from Danica who is on her eight-month of using Retin-A. She has been suffering from acne and bad skin condition since she was fifteen until she reached the age of twenty-seven. Because she will be twenty-nine, she is also worried about wrinkles and skin aging. That is where she comes across Retin-A.
According to her, after using Retin-A for eight months, her skin feels glowing and healthy. She said that she can go out without wearing makeup and not worry about oily skin and big pores. She stated that she is happy with the results that Retin-A has bought to her skin.
✅ Video – First 3 months of Retin-A update
Another user of Retin-A who is happy with the results is Trevor. The video above is his three-month update after using the medication. In the video, he also demonstrates how he used the medication on his face. According to him, he started noticing results in his face after three weeks of using Retin-A. His face started to peel especially the area along his nose. He said that the peeling is a side effect of using the medication. Another side effect that he noticed is pimples growing into his face. At first, this makes him wonder if he will still continue on the medication or not.
After a month and a half of using Retin-A, Trevor said that his skin has become smooth and glowing. According to him, after three months of using the medication, his skin has become luminous. For more of his testimonial and before and after results, you can watch the video above.
✅ Photo – 2 months skin condition update
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The photo above is from an Instagram user who is not that satisfied with Retin-A. According to her, she does not feel any side effects from using the products aside from too much sensitivity to the sun. After two months of using the medication, she feels like there are no changes in her face and is thinking of getting a higher dosage.
✅ Video – Five Year medication update
Another before and after Retin-A update is from Angie who shared her five year Retin-A journey. According to her, her main concern is wrinkles and aging that is why she is using Retin-A. In the video above, she said that she started using it in small amounts. She also noted that there are side effects that can result from using the medication that is why users should take caution when using Retin-A.
According to her, she does not experience a lot of side effects like peeling and irritation while she was using Retin-A. She has been using the medication on her face for five years and she is happy with the results. She looked younger and her skin is better as compared to five years before. To find out more about her Retin-A journey and how it affects her skin and face, you can watch the video above.
✅ Video – One year of using Retin-A
Another video is from Pember who have used Retin-A for a year and has decided to share an update. According to her, she started the medication because of her acne, wrinkles and sun damage problems. She said that during the second month of using the medication, she noticed zits and pimples appearing on her face. On the third month, her skin started clearing up.
She is using the product every night regularly. According to her, she made some mistake of increasing the dosage of the medication which resulted in pimple breakout. After a year of using Retin-A, her skin has become clear and luminous. According to Pember, the texture of her skin has become smoother and glowing. You can watch the video above to find out more about her testimonial and reviews about Retin-A.
✅ Photo – Skin update after 2 years
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The photo above is shared by another Retin-A user who has been using the medication for two years. She is almost fifty and is concerned with wrinkles and skin aging that is why she used Retin-A. She wrote that on the course of two years, she started with the lowest dosage until she gets to the highest dosage which is 0.1%. She is using Retin-A every night consistently for two years.
✅ Video – Two-month skin update
The video above is from Jenny. She has been using Retin-A for two months. Jenny has been struggling with acne after starting using birth control. According to her, birth control has screwed up her hormone and have resulted in acne breakouts. She made an appointment with her doctor and was prescribed Retin-A in gel form.
According to Jenny, she has not experienced a purging period which is usually a side effect of using Retin-A. After two months of using the medication, she noticed that her acne has flattened. Unlike before where her acne is raised and inflamed, it has become smoother after using Retin-A. For more information about what Jenny has to say about her Retin-A journey, you can watch the video above.
✅ Video – How to get rid of acne marks
The video above is from Ashanti who has been using Retin-A to remove acne scars and dark spots. Like any user, she experienced side effects like dry skin and peeling. She said that after using the medication, her acne has started to clear and she does not experience any breakout.
Ashanti is concerned with her acne and has tried many products before but none of them worked on her skin. That is why she has started to use Retin-A. According to her, she is happy with the result that the medication has made to her skin. For more of Ashanti’s skin journey, you can watch the video above.
✅ Photo – SKin update after 4 months of medication
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The photo above shows the skin transformation of an Instagram user. She has been using Retin-A for four months and her skin has cleared. As shown on the photo above, she does not have that much acne bumps on her face. According to her, she still is experiencing breakouts and irritation but she disciplines herself on not to touch or prod it to avoid making it worse.
✅ Video – Retin-A 6-month result
In the video above, Audrey has shared her Retin-A update. She has been using the medication for six months and is happy with the result. According to her, the reason why she started using Retin-A is that she has a wrinkle on her forehead that she wants to remove. She said that once she started on the medication, she noticed that the wrinkles are not that visible anymore as compared to before.
Also, Audrey noted that the redness on her cheeks which is due to rosacea has lessened. Her cheeks are not that red anymore and her freckles are not that dark. For more update on her skin condition, you can check out her video above.
✅ Video – One-month medication update
Rebecca has been using Retin-A for a month and is starting to see a difference in her skin. In the video above, she also provides some tips on how she applies Retin-A into her face. According to her, the medication can dry the skin that is why it is important to moisturize. Also, she stated that she did not experience any peeling on her skin so far.
According to Rebecca, she is happy with the results on her skin and that she will continue to use the product to see its full effect. To find out more about what Rebecca has to say about Retin-A and how it affects her skin, you can watch the video above.
Kinds of Retin-A Medication
This is transparent in color and can work quickly. On the other hand, Retin-A in gel form contains lower levels of medication and can irritate the skin.
Retin-A in cream form is thick in consistency, contains a high level of medication and cause less irritation. On the other hand, creams tend to work slowly.
Lotions are easily absorbed. This contains the lowest level of medication and the highest level of water.
Precautions to Take When Using Retin-A
It is vital to avoid too much exposure to sunlight or any artificial UV rays like tanning beds when using Retin-A. The reason for this is because Retin-A makes your skin sensitive to sunlight and can cause sunburn and other skin irritation. Retin-A makes the skin sensitive to UV rays and sunlight exposure also makes the medication less effective.
According to Dr. Emmy Graber, MD, a dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at the Boston University School of Medicine, “If I have a patient going on a beach vacation, I’ll even tell her to stop using Retin-A for a week prior to departure”. Dermatologists recommend using the medication before going to bed and using sunscreen every day.
Avoid waxing, electrolysis and other chemicals that are used in hair removal while using the medication. Retin-A can thin the layer of the skin because it sheds dead skin cells from the areas that are treated. Waxing can result in a red and glossy looking wound that can turn into a pigmented area.
Joshua Zeichner, M.D., Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, said “Topical retinoids can thin the outer layer of the skin and make the skin more sensitive to trauma, including waxing,” The area of the skin that is being treated is super sensitive that is why it is best to treat it with care.
✅ Video – How to get the best result from Retin-A
On the video below, Cody explains what Retin-A is about and how to use it correctly. He also provided some tips on what to do while using the medication in your skin to avoid skin damage and irritation. Click the video to know more about what Cody has to say.
How Does Retin-A Works?
Retin-A works by unclogging follicles that cause cystic acne. It is usually used with antibiotics. Retin-A will open up the unclogged follicles and the antibiotics enter and get rid of the bacteria that can cause breakouts.
According to research at Michigan, Retin-A has the potential to stop photoaging before it starts. Dr. John J. Voorhees, the chairman of the dermatology department at the medical school of the University of Michigan said, “The retinoids prevent the rise of collagenase after UV exposure,” Collagenase is what breaks down collagen.
✅ Video – How to use Retin-A
For Retin-A to work, you need to apply it properly. The video below tackles what Retin-A is and how to use it on your face correctly. For more tips and information about how the medication is applied on the face, you can watch the video below.
The Benefits That You Can Get From Using Retin-A
It Treats Wrinkles
Retin-A prevents the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing collagen production. It also stimulates the production of new blood vessels in the skin which results in improved skin color and texture. It takes three to six months of regular use of the medication before improvements can be seen.
People who have used Retin-A said that they noticed improvements in skin texture, including diminished wrinkles and brown spots. Early studies soon confirmed its anti-aging effects. Dr. Voorhees and his colleagues at Michigan published the first double-blind study of Retin-A’s effect on photodamaged skin in 1998. The result shows that all 30 patients who completed the 16-week study showed statistically significant improvement.
It Clears Acne
Retin-A helps prevents acne by getting rid of old skin cells. Dead skin cells can become trapped inside hair follicles with oil, at a faster pace. This can lead to the development of acne due to sebum (oil) and skin cell buildup. Regular use of the medication can help keep your skin clear and also lessen the risk of blackheads and whiteheads on your face.
Several studies show that the active ingredient in Retin-A which is tretinoin can successfully treat and prevent facial acne. Regular use of medication as prescribed by your doctor can help in treating your acne problem.
It Builds Collagen
Retin-A builds collagen fibers on the layer of skin under the surface. As a result, this lessens the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Collagen helps promote healthy skin and delays the signs of aging. The change in the pH level of the skin caused by just a few uses of a vitamin A product such as Retin-A can help generate collagen.
According to dermatologist Dennis Gross on his interview in O Magazine, “Collagen is the skin’s structural fiber. As we get older, it breaks down, creating lines and large pores.” To have healthy skin, it is important to build collagen.
It Treats Keratosis Pilaris
Using Retin-A can benefit people suffering from keratosis pilaris. It is a skin condition that is caused by hair follicles becoming small rough bumps that looks like goosebumps and can appear anywhere in the body.
Applying Retin-A to the affected area can lessen the bumps. Creams like Retin-A that are derived from vitamin A can prevent plugged follicles and promotes cell turnover.
✅ Video – Skin clearing benefits
Below is a video that talks about the many benefits that Retin-A provides to your skin. The user talks about the benefits that she has availed from using the product for many years. Push the play button below to find out more.
Common Side Effect of Retin-A
A lot of people who have used Retin-A for the first time reported that their skin actually gets worse before it gets better. Redness, dryness, and irritation are usually experienced at the first use. According to Dr. Anna Guanche, MD, a dermatologist and celebrity beauty expert based in Calabasas, California, “Retinoids have a ‘retinoid reaction,’ which is a period where peeling and some mild irritation occurs,”
Get medical help if you are experiencing signs of an allergic reaction such as difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face or hives. The common side effects include:
- Easily sunburned skin
- Skin burning or stinging
- Changes in the color of the affected skin area
- Skin redness or blistering
- Skin peeling and chapping
✅ Video – Risks and side effects of Retin-A
Like any medication, Retin-A has side effects. The side effect will vary according to the body’s reaction to the medication. Not all side effects can be experienced at once. These side effects can be experienced as soon as the medication is started or a few months after. Watch the video below for more information about the risks and side effects of Retin-A.
Who Should Avoid Using Retin-A?
Those with Skin Conditions
People who are suffering from Skin Conditions like eczema should avoid using Retin-A. This can cause the skin condition to get worse. According to Dr. Joely Kaufman, M.D., a Miami dermatologist, “retinoids can penetrate more than they should, essentially increasing the dose and resultant irritation.”
Those Who Are Pregnant
Retin-A is classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Pregnancy Category C drug. Like any other topical tretinoin medication, Retin-A is a drug that is derived from vitamin A. Taking vitamin A orally while pregnant has been shown to cause birth defects.
According to the Organization of Teratology Information Services or otherwise known as OTIS, less than ten percent of Retin-A passes into the mother’s bloodstream and less than that reaches the baby. However, even with these findings, Retin-A still carries warnings of use by women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy. It is always recommended that you talk to your doctor or health care provider.
Those Who Are Taking Photosynthesizing Drugs
There are certain drugs that should not be taken with Retina. Those who are taking photosynthesizing drugs such as sulphonamides, thiazides and phenothiazines should refrain from using Retin-A.
Tips for Using Retin-A
See to it that you are using the medication as prescribed by your physician to avoid any possible side effects that might occur. Like any other medication, using it the wrong way can lead to skin irritation and can put your health at risk.
Your skin can get dry when you use Retin-A. To relieve dryness, you can use moisturizer. Opt for a moisturizer that is oil-free, non-medicated and gentle to avoid skin irritation.
Avoid Sun Exposure
To protect your skin, avoid direct exposure to sunlight. Wear a hat or cover your face when you go outdoors. Make sure that the affected skin area wherein Retin-A is applied is not exposed to sunlight.
Retin-A can help you achieve a clearer and younger looking skin but you need to make sure that you are using it properly. If you want to know more about how to use Retin-A properly to get as many benefits as you can from it, you can watch the video below that provides helpful tips and information about the medication.
✅ Video – Tips on how to use Retin-A
Can I Wear Cosmetics When Using Retin-A?
Yes, you can still wear cosmetics. Just make sure that you clean your face when you apply Retin-A to the affected skin area.
Is It Safe?
Yes, it is safe. It is approved by the U.S. FDA.
How Often Should I Apply The Medication?
You need to apply it according to the prescription of your physician. Make sure that you follow your physician’s advice and not apply more of what is needed on the affected skin area.
We hope that we provided you with useful tips and information. This post is only a guide to help you know more about Retin-A. If you want to use this medication, consult your physician first. Take note that Retin-A is a prescription only medication which means that you need to consult a doctor before you can be able to purchase the medication. Do not purchase any Retin-A product online without consulting your doctor because it can be dangerous to your health. There are side effects that come with using Retin-A and without proper guidance, the medication can escalate your skin problems and will do more harm than good.