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If you've used Retin-A, please help others by sharing your experience with side effects. 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: Speed up the results?
Date: 1/12/2011
I have a BAD melasma all over my face for almost 20 yrs now. I had a pearl dermabrassion last year which i thought made it worse, then I had some chemical peels along with hydroquinone, which I thought it cleared a bit. I was then recommended to have one last pearl done(but less agressive supposibly) the texture of my skin is good, wrinkles on my eyes are worse and melasma way worse, it is as dark as it can be. I thought my doctor would follow the same procedure as the first time, but instead of the chemical peels he recommended me retin-a .5% which I am religiously using it for almost 3 weeks now. I'm flaking, itching, breaking out, and all of the side effects but, do you think this medication will help clear my skin up a little bit? I know it takes a long time to notice results. At this point I don't want to see myself on a mirror, I'm getting depressed. What else could I do or use along with retin-a to speed up the results, HELP PLEASE!!!

AskDocWeb: It is important to remember to follow instructions in order to get the best result. Be careful not to use more than the recommended amount in an attempt to speed up results. That only leads to overdose problems and increased side effects. Retin-A already speeds up the turn over of skin cells and trying to speed up that process typically is not a good idea. However, the healing process can be optimized by using a moisturizer and staying out of the sun or using a sunblock.

Subj: They are right
Date: 1/24/2011
I have been using Retin-A for 3 weeks now. I am currently going through the red, stingy, burning and peeling. At first I wasn't sure I would make it. I thought more than once about stopping. Then I would read something someone wrote about suffering through the pain at first...and then you have it made. Well they are right....I noticed today that the burning and stinging has lessened. Now I just need to make it through this peeling part.

It's really hard to go out when your face is falling off one flake at a time. In my case large patches of flakes. Every place thats has flaked is so so soft now. And I know it is susposed to take longer than a month to see results but I really feel like my skin is getting smoother and softer. The lines will take a little longer but I love the way my skin feel when I touch it. I really think this is a good product. No Pain No Gain I guess.

Subj: Hope for those who are peeling
Date: 2/4/2011
Retin A is completely worth it. I have had bad acne since sixth grade and used retin a off and on. The reason for this was the peeling. Usually I would use retin a for a month, have my skin peeling and then stop using it. Then finally, at 21 I decided to just use the retin a, no more slacking off or giving up. Sure I dealt with the same peeling problem, but this time I continued to use it. A week later, the peeling stopped and revealed better skin. A month later the peeling returned, this time less severe, and after my skin was even better. I'm sharing this to let you guys know that over time the peeling will be less intense, but the results even better. At 21 I am happy to say that my skin has never looked better and I know I will not have to worry about getting fine lines and wrinkles. Good luck!

Subj: Retin-A under the eyes?
Date: 2/9/2011
Wow great feedback everyone i have just started with retin a 0.1 1 week a go ...i was very concerned with the red tightness and irritation ...but i feel very positive now about the safe is it really for under the eyes? Cheers,

Subj: Something to remember
Date: 2/11/2011
I've been using ratin-a for about 2 or even 3 years. I'm not tanning my face, and during the summer months I usually cover my face up when up at the pool. It really helps with acne. I would definatly recommend it to anyone who has acne problems, the only thing is remember to use pea size amount n mix it with really good moisturaiser n then apply it at bedtime to the face.

Subj: Incredible results in 2 weeks!
Date: 2/12/2011
I was prescribed Stieva-A (generic Retin A) cream for blackheads and pimples and have seen incredible results in 2 weeks! I use 0.025% and have NO ADVERSE SIDE-EFFECTS so far. I feel it is gentle yet amazingly effective. My skin has not looked this nice and smooth in YEARS!!! I am generally into a natural lifestyle and products and so approach any miracle creams with caution. Currently I am so happy with what this cream has done for my skin. It is actually exciting to wake up each morning and see the improvement.

Subj: Applying Retin-A
Date: 2/12/2011
When should i apply retina and for how long should i keep it on my face. say i apply at night at 11 PM. so when should i wash off?

AskDocWeb: The instructions say to wash your hands after applying Retin-A but nothing about washing it off. Most people leave it on overnight.

Subj: Photo-sensitivity
Date: 2/14/2011
Hello, I have a question about retin a. I would like to know if photo-sensitivity of the skin will stop once retin -a use is stopped, or is this a permanent side effects? Thank you,

AskDocWeb: The photo-sensitivity may persist for a week or two after discontinuing but we have seen nothing to indicate that it might be permanent.

Subj: Using Retin-A only on weekends
Date: 2/14/2011
I've been using retin a for about 7 months now on weekends and washing my face with a washcloth for the remainder of the week for flakiness. But Im still not seeing any major results. Will it take longer not using it every single day? Im fighting uneven skin tone and I just want to know when I'll see results. Summers coming up where I'll be able to use it every day for about 2 months.

AskDocWeb: We would expect to see only marginal results by using Retin-A only on the weekends. In order to see the full benefits of Retin-A the instructions say to apply it every day.

Subj: Wrinkles around eyes from overuse
Date: 2/15/2011
I would like a reply to my e-mail please. I am confused at the different answers I am reading regaurding the same situaion. I have read several posts where people say they have more wrinkles around their eyes from the overuse of product. Some of the answers say that that isn't permanent & some sound like it's something to worry about. If that happens, how long does it take for the wrinkles caused by the overuse of the product to go away?

AskDocWeb: A small amount of damage from overuse may take a few days to heal whereas a significant amount of damage may take 3 or 4 weeks to heal. Obviously the more damage the more cause for concern.

Subj: Random blister like bumps
Date: 2/17/2011
I've been using retin-A for about 15 years, which has cleared my skin great. I've tried to stop using it but every time I do, I get random blister looking bumps. If I start using retin-A again it clears up. I dont think the bumps are pimples they are more like blisters. Anything I can do to prevent these and stop using Retin-A?

AskDocWeb: That depends on what is causing the bumps that look like blisters. Identifying the cause will require answers to several questions, such as; Are they fluid filled? Do the bumps itch? Are they painful? Do they have darker or lighter colored centers? Are they limited to appearing only on your face? Often an evaluation by a dermatologist is needed to identify the cause.

Subj: Retin A works fantastic
Date: 2/18/2011
I have been using Retin-A for the past 6 weeks. I started off using it only every 3rd day and gradually increased until now where I am using it everyday. My skin has improved so much up to the point that I can say it is almost perfect. I strongly recommend washing your face with Epizone E while using Retin A. It takes most of the dryness away. My dermatologist insisted that I should use it while on Retin A treatment. Epizone E is such a stunning product together with Retin A that I cannot imagine dermatologyst not always prescribing it together. If I skip the Epizone E for just one day while using Retin A, the dryness and flaking I get on my face is almost not worth the benefits of Retin A. Conclusion: Retin A works fantastic, when used with Epizone E.

Subj: Peeling face
Date: 2/18/2011
My doctor prescribed retin a about a year ago. Every time I apply it at night I wake up to a peeling face, so I usually stop using it for a while and try it again, only for it to happen again. If I just keep applying it for a few weeks will the peeling eventually stop? I am using the lowest does 0.1%

AskDocWeb: The product you are using is much stronger (10 times) than the lowest dose of Retin-A, which is 0.01%. If you didn't make an error in typing your post then you might want to call the pharmacy to make sure they didn't make a mistake. Peeling is a common side effect of Retin-A as are redness, burning, stinging, itching, and dryness.

Subj: Good review of Retin-A
Date: 2/20/2011
I am now starting my seventh week of Retin A. I cannot believe how great this stuff is. Wish I had heard about it years ago. I am 50 years old and have uneven skin tone. Also I have lines around my mouth and crows feet around my eyes. The first week on Retin A was rough. Peeling, flaking, burning and redness. Even splashing water on my face hurt. The second week was a little better. The burning wasn't near as bad. By the third and fourth weeks I could see a real difference. My skin was smoother and felt so soft. By the fifth week to now I can see a lightening of the brown spots. My skin tone is evening out. Not much difference in the wrinkles yet but I still have a long way to go. I started out using .05 strength. That could be the reason for the side effects being as bad as they were. They have a milder strength .025. But now that I made it through the really bad part I wouldn't use anything else. I will use it forever!

Subj: Acne with pus
Date: 2/27/2011
I am 24 yr old have acne with pus and some tyms red also, I do have open pore skin some one ask me to use retino a as it will cause peeling of skin. I read abt review of the retino a of redness and irritation now I am in doubt shuld I go fr it or not and wht tym will it take to repair my skin?

AskDocWeb: It sounds like you need to have an evaluation by a dermatologist or at least consult with a doctor about your skin condition. The purpose of this forum is to discuss the side effects of Retin-A.

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