Retin-A (Tretinoin)


My dermatologist prescribed me Retin-A about 5 months ago for my mild acne and sun damaged skin. My doctor was upfront and told me that I would experience dryness within the first few months and that I would breakout a lot more before my skin cleared up. I did some research on my own beforehand, so I was pretty prepared and aware of the different stages my skin was going to go through.

What exactly is Retin-A?

Retin-A is a cream used for the treatment of acne, scaring, discoloration, lines and wrinkles. It comes in 3 different strengths; .025%, .05% and .1% and is by prescription only. It accelerates cell turnover (speeds up exfoliation), lightens discoloration and is one of the most common medications prescribed for sun damaged skin.  For aging skin, Retin-A increases the number of epidermal cells which plumps up the skin and fills in any lines and wrinkles.

How To Use:

The first few weeks of using this product, it’s important to apply it every OTHER night. Then, you can gradually start using it every night. Always apply the cream to dry skin and remember to only use a dime-sized amount ~ any more will just be wasting the product! Make sure you are using a moisturizer when going outside with SPF because you will notice that your skin will become extra sensitive to the sun, wind and cold.


Yes, I am happy to say that Retin-A has worked for my acne! My skin has cleared up significantly and I continue to get less and less breakouts. However, I have not noticed my sun spots get any lighter. Overall, I do think Retin-A is worth trying and I will be continuing to use it and keeping you updated!

For more about Retin-A and what moisturizers I use with it, watch my video here 🙂

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