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If you've used Retin-A, please help others by adding your feedback. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.


Subj: Wash hands?
Date: 10/11/2009
Why should one wash hands immediately after applying Retin A?
Cathy

AskDocWeb: If you remember, the instructions say to avoid areas with mucus membranes such as the eyes, nose and mouth. If you don't wash your hands after applying Retin-A and it gets in your eyes when you rub them, you may discover several reasons for taking such precautions. The eyelids and skin around the eyes may become red, swollen, and painfully irritated.


Subj: RE: Liver Spots
Date: 10/12/2009
You developed liver spots because you were in the sun without suffecient protection!!!! If you are on Retin A, any acne medication, birth control pills or other sun sensitive drugs you will get melasma or liver like spots. Please go back to your dermatologist quickly and follow their directions to a T! I will be 36 at the end of November and I have never had any melasma or similar until this year. I received and RX for a generic Birth Control pill of Seasonale which was to suppose to be Seasonique and let me tell you The month I was on a different B control pill and it was generic to boot I got Melasma! So, if you are using medication, or have sensitive skin or are treating acne topically you have to use sun block or at least sunscreen. You will experience some form of symptoms or adverse reactions because of it.

When I tan I cover my face and only let my body get sun. I just started Renova and hydroquine along with spf 50 moisturizere. After two nights I am already noticing healthy skin and a glow with a bit of firmness. I have been told by most people I look like I am in my mid to late 20's rather then 35 so I'll be damned if I let my skin go down the toilette. I appreciate my genetics and the fact that I have used a steady skin care program most of my life. So for men and women who want to look younger or who look younger then their true age I suggest you try Renova or similar via a Dermatologist before surgery or laser/peels Be patient too ok! Good luck

Amy
P.S. It hurt when I developed these spots because I have been in front of a camera for 18 years and been complimented about how pretty my skin was. Now I am taking action and I am going to be very careful about following the doctors instructions! Self tanner for my face is my new best friend.


Subj: Best cream for wrinkles and acne
Date: 10/12/2009
I have used Retin -A micro since I was a teenager and I will be 30 in less than a month. People tell me that I look like I am in my early 20's. I contribute that to (my genetics from my maker of course) but also to my use of Retin- A. It does take months to see results, but it is worth it! Retin -A is by far the best cream you can use for wrinkles and acne. My dermatologist said I can use it for life!
J


Subj: Retin-A micro
Date: 10/12/2009
Will the new wrinkles and puffiness under my eyes (because I foolishly put it under my eyes), ever go away or have I ruined that area for good? I don't want to blame anyone, I just want to know if there is anything I can do to reverse the damage. I never used to look my age. I sure do now, and worse!
RO

AskDocWeb: Fortunately there are no reports of any permanent damage from misusing the product. However, it does take a while to heal so you will need to be patient.


Subj: How long we can use this?
Date: 10/14/2009
I am using retino-a 0.025 since 7 weeks, pimples are completely removed n some dark spots are being lightened. I wonder whether it will do good for pits made by pimples? n I want to know how long we can use this? In overall I'm really happy by its result.
Sumi

AskDocWeb: No upper limit has been established for this product. There are several women who report that they are still using it with good results after 15-20 years.


Subj: 20 years of use
Date: 10/15/2009
I have used Retin A cream and then Renova cream for about 20 yrs. and I have very few wrinkles. I have always used it every other night and have stayed out of the sun as much as possible and used sunblock EVERY day. When I moved to Florida I noticed during the hot humid summer months I got a slight rash on my neck so I starting using it only two times a week and that seemed to work for me. I think the humidity was the problem.
Beverly


Subj: Face is bright red
Date: 10/15/2009
I used retin a micro for about 4 months and it made my face bright red, so I stopped, now I am using benzol peroxide and phosphate. But my face is still red from retin a and its been almost 2 months. please help.
Ryan

AskDocWeb: A red face is a common complaint from those who get too much sun or don't use sunscreen. Have you considered the possibility that you are having a bad reaction to the benzoyl peroxide? If that is the case then your red face may continue as long as you use the peroxide.


Subj: Collagen?
Date: 10/16/2009
Retin-a 0.05% does this help build collegen? Does this help fine lines? Does this help brown liver, sunspots photo pigmentation? How often should you use it? Thanks,
Bonnie

AskDocWeb: Retin-A stimulates collagen production and blood flow in the skin. It has also been shown to reduce brown (liver) spots and help improve the appearance of wrinkles. How often you use it will depend on the current condition of your skin and the advice of your dermatologist.


Subj: Major issues
Date: 10/16/2009
Hello I'm 26 and I'm not quite sure what happened to my skin but I'm having major issues. I started using loreal wrinkle concentrate for the line around my mouth. I noticed the skin around my mouth and upper lip started to get a strange texture to it. The pores are large and it looks like sand paper very grainy. It has been downhill since then. It feels like something is eating away at my skin and it looks like it to. No lesions or cuts but it looks like my upper lip has valleys and when I smile there are these strange wrinkles appearing... they almost look like indents. I have been to two derms. going to see another but neither of them had actually dealt with my problem they have given me a cream 1. retin a micro 2. finacea. and pushed me out the door. They haven't even said what it could be. Honestly I'm getting very depressed about the whole situation. I don't even want to leave the house. Everyone I know looks at me funny because I've always had decent skin, they don't want to say anything to me and sometimes it just looks like a shadow or something... but its NOT! There is something seriously wrong. I feel really lost and don't know what to do. If there is anything you advise I would really Appreciate it. Thank you.
T

AskDocWeb: Those small solid, pimple-like skin bumps that make your face look like sand paper sound like they may be papules. Of course we are just guessing here but you could ask your next dermatologist about this possibility. If they are papules then squeezing or scratching them may cause the skin to become infected and increase the scarring. Since the cause of this condition is unknown your dermatologist may not be able to tell you much about it other than that it is an inflammatory type of rosacea. There is no cure for rosacea but it can be controlled with topical or systemic medications. Typically these medications are made up of low doses of antibiotics and are taken long term.


Subj: Skin is blotchy and looks sun-burnt
Date: 10/17/2009
I started using Retin A .01% from MUAC about 3 weeks ago, after using it for a week my skin looked radient and dewy. Then it went back to looking drab. I purchased SkinCeuticals .01% and have used it but after a two weeks of on and off use my skin is blotchy in areas and looks sun-burnt and is itchy and feels tight. I should probably add that I did a TCA peel about a month ago. Will my skin recover? I am a pretty fast healer- I wake up in the morning and my skin does not look as red, but it develops throughout the day. How long until the redness dissipates?
Lisa

AskDocWeb: That may depend on how much exposure to the sun you get. Retin-A makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight and repeated exposure can lengthen the healing time. It is possible that the reason it looks sun burnt is because it is sun burnt. The TCA peel should have healed by now. A good moisturizer can help avoid that itchy tight feeling of the skin.


Subj: I'm breaking out
Date: 10/19/2009
I'm on Retin A I am only four days from the 2nd week and I'm breaking out. I didn't think it would happen so soon. My cheeks always had acne and now they are worse. How long will this last. Is it a bad sign it happened so soon?
Shannon

AskDocWeb: It is not necessarily a bad sign but you might want to read the instructions again to make sure you aren't applying too much. It doesn't take much. Typically results begin to show up after 2 to 3 weeks of treatment. Retin-A makes the acne that was just below the surface of your skin rise to the top. These are areas that would have erupted anyway but they are all coming out at once. This is one of the reasons why they say that your skin condition may get worse before it gets better. More than 6 or 7 weeks of treatment may be needed before consistent beneficial effects appear.


Subj: Itching
Date: 10/20/2009
I am using Retin A for a year. Black spots gone but now these have become red. And I sometimes feel Itching on it. How long I need to use it? Or Itching is danger?
Maria

AskDocWeb: You may want to check back with your dermatologist after a year to assess your situation and discuss future treatment. Itching is often a sign that the skin is healing.


Subj: Using Retin-A
Date: 10/20/2009
Is there any risk (toxicity) using retin-a on large portion of the body?
Luis

AskDocWeb: Yes, there is a serious risk. Retin-A is prescribed to treat acne vulgaris on facial skin. Using it on a large portion of the body is likely to produce an overdose and toxic reaction. The symptoms could include skin discoloration, hives, difficulty breathing, swelling, burning, stinging, itching, excessive dryness, peeling, redness and raw irritated skin.


Subj: No Retin A from Mexico?
Date: 10/22/2009
Why does Lucy say NOT to use Retin A from Mexico?
Kathryn

AskDocWeb: Lucy was giving some helpful suggestions but she didn't give a reason for supporting her local pharmacy and drug company.


Subj: Does Retin-a Micro contain aluminum?
Date: 10/22/2009
Can you please tell me if Retin-a MICRO contains aluminum? Thank you.
Katherine

AskDocWeb: The ingredient list that we have for Retin-A Micro does not list aluminum. It does include the following: Tretinoin, Decyl oleate, isopropyl myristrate, glyceryl monostearate, acetyl lanolin alcohol, ceteareth-30, cetyl alcohol, proline, monostearate of polyethylene glycol 400, urea, collagen, methylparaben, propylparaben, lactic acid, sodium citrate, sodium hydroxide, vitamin E, aroma, and purified water.

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