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Subj: Hyperpigmentation
Date: 6/5/2009
Will retina help lighten my hyperpigmention on my face? If so, what strength should I use.


AskDocWeb: Retin-A is an acne medication but it has also been reported to lighten age spots in some.

Subj: Lotion?
Date: 6/5/2009
I recently started using Retin A Micro at night to treat my acne and some fine lines. Can I apply lotion right after I apply Retin A Micro? Would it make it less effective. The reason I apply lotion afterward is because I find that Retin A Micro is not moisturizing enough for my skin.


AskDocWeb: A moisturizer will reduce the effectiveness of retin-a if used too close together. Users have reported getting the best results when they allow 20 to 30 minutes between applying the two products.

Subj: A lot of dead skin
Date: 6/10/2009
Hi, I’ve been using retin-a for about 1 and a half months and I’ve noticed that when I wash my face in the mornin or during the day there’s alot of dead skin or peelin or wateva it is coming off during washing my face and I have to keep rubbing it off. Is this normal while using retin-a? And also do retin-a get rid of large holes in face from acne? And if so how long till I see result from the holes diminishing?


AskDocWeb: The dead skin peeling off is common during the first weeks of using Retin-A. You should be just about through that phase. Over time Retin-A may make the acne scares appear smaller but that could take several months.

Subj: Retin-A around the mouth
Date: 6/18/2009
I have terrible smoke lines around my upper lip. I have been using Retin-A on my upper lip for about (2) weeks. I have not had any problems but have not yet seen any positive results. I noticed in reviewing this site that you are not suppose to apply Retin-A around the mouth area. Can you tell me why and what side effects it may have.


AskDocWeb: If you get Retin-A too close to the mouth it may cause a burning, itching, stinging sensation. Your skin may become excessively red, puffy, blistered, and/or crusted. If this happens, notify your doctor, who may recommend that you discontinue the medication until your skin returns to normal.

Subj: My skin is worse than ever
Date: 6/19/2009
Hi, I have been using retin-a micro for a while now (a few months) and my skin is worse than ever. I have quite large bumps around my cheek bones, little bumps around my chin, and my forehead and neck have recently broken out terribly. I am going to make an appointment with my dermatologist soon but, do you think this will pass and my skin will improve or should I stop using retin-a. I’m 18 years old and my acne has never been this bad, just a few pimples at a time and a few bumps on my chin from shaving.


AskDocWeb: It is possible that your dosage may need to be adjusted to something stronger. When you talk to your dermatologist, make sure that you understand the proper amount to apply and the procedure for doing that.

Subj: I need a solution
Date: 6/21/2009
I have be using this product for like 6 weeks and I have not notice and improvement on my skin and I think Retin-A actually made it even worse. I was thinking maybe I can consult a Dermatologist and consume Accutane for a better result. Can you please Email me and give me some comment on this? I suffered Acne for years and it’s time to end this. I need a solution please.


AskDocWeb: Sorry Ben, we post replies online so that everyone benefits from your question. Your best solution can only be determined after your skin condition is evaluated by a dermatologist.

Subj: Results second time around?
Date: 6/21/2009
Hi I used reting a about 12 years ago for a duration of 1 year. My skin looked excellent!!! Then suddenly I started having breakouts and stopped it altogether. I was wondering if it is ok to go back on retin a again after such a long break and will I achieve good results second time around?


AskDocWeb: Chances are good that your results will have about the same benefits.

Subj: My friend got retin-a
Date: 6/24/2009
Okay so I’m 16 and my friend got retin-a .1% because I’m really self conscious about my acne; but I don’t have the package. Anybody have the basic directions? Thanks.


AskDocWeb: If you use a prescription drug that belongs to someone else, that is considered drug abuse and is against the law in most places.

Subj: Question about using Retin A on the neck
Date: 6/27/2009
I was using Retin A (tretinoin) on my neck for about 10 weeks when I noticed the skin near my ‘adam’s apple’ drying/shriveling and caving up into my neck/chin when I swallow. I have since stopped but it is still doing it. Is this permanent? I am very worried about this! Thank you.


AskDocWeb: The skin has an amazing ability to heal but the older we get the longer it takes. You would need to get this evaluated by a dermatologist to find out if it is permanent or not.

Subj: They think I am 35
Date: 6/29/2009
I have used retin a for 20 yrs .1% the strongest every other night faithfully. I am 50 but no-one believes it they think I am 35 max I LOVE IT!!!


Subj: Acne scarring
Date: 6/29/2009
I am African American with acne scarring. I have been prescribed retin-a and want to know will it work, if so how long will it take?


AskDocWeb: Your doctor thinks it will help or it would not be prescribed. Please read this report so that you understand what happens during treatment and what to expect.

Subj: No irritation
Date: 6/30/2009
I have been applying Retin-A Micro .04% in the pump each night with no irritation for 6 weeks. Should I step up to the .1%? Will it make a more noticable difference? Thank you.


AskDocWeb: Is it doing what you want? If so then you may not need the stronger product. The 0.1% is two and a half times as strong as the 0.04% and that is enough to make a noticeable difference.

Subj: Does it help improve wrinkles?
Date: 6/30/2009
Hi I’m using Retin-A Micro for acne. Does it help improve wrinkles too because I have very bad wrinkles under my eye that just seem to get worse every day.


AskDocWeb: Although it may improve wrinkles there is a warning about using it too close to the eyes. Please read the patient insert that came with your product.

Subj: Used Retin-A for 10 years
Date: 7/3/2009
I have used retina for at least 10 years now. I use it in the morning, not for acne, but for wrinkles. Then I read an article that said to use the retina, but, add to it at night time Avon’s all in one cream. It costs about ten dollars. So I added that. I use a buff puff to wash my face with firm circular movements, about 14 circles on each area of my face, removing the dead skin. Then I apply the cream. My face does not get irritated at all. When I first started retina, corners of my nose and mouth got a little irritated but that soon stopped. I think your skin has to get use to it. I will be 65 this month and look about 50. I do attribute it to this regiman that I am very faithful in doing. Hope this helps someone. At first when it got a little irritated, I would just lessen the amount in that area. If someone tries this, just start with the retina and get use to it, before using the other one too. I never have irritation at all. Thanks.


Subj: Very nervous about using
Date: 7/5/2009
I just started using this product a week ago and I see my face getting worse. It reminds me of the acne I had in highschool. I am very nervous about using products such as face creams because I have tried almost everything. Can anyone provide me with a little hope?


AskDocWeb: It is reassuring to read posts from those who have used Retin-A a long time. As you read through them you will see that many experience their condition getting worse before it gets better. That is common because it takes awhile for your skin to become accustomed to the medication. It takes time for the acne that was under the skin, and perhaps unnoticed, to come to the surface. Once that is gone the skin is typically much smoother.

Subj: So far I am NOT a fan
Date: 7/7/2009
I started using Retin-A one week ago. I only had one or two pimples when I started, and I only ever broke out around my period. So far, I am NOT a fan. My skin has broken out horribly and is flaking like crazy. I have oily skin so this is new to me! On a more positive note, I plan on continuing treatment because this is a normal side effect. I just hope the blemishes go away soon and the peeling stops!


Subj: Face has gone steps darker
Date: 7/7/2009
I used retin A as recommended by my dermatologist to treat the stubborn white heads I have been battling with for years. It’s crystal clear that the first 3 months the white heads have disappeared but unfortunately my face has gone steps darker than it was and I am almost wearing a completely different looks which has been quit embarrassing. Immediately I discontinued cos I did not bargain for that.


Subj: Using Retin-A
Date: 7/8/2009
Hey this is a really helpful site, I just got retin a and have not used it yet. I am using it for a deep forhead wrinkle. is it ok to just use it on your forhead or do you have to use it on your entire face, also about 5 years ago I was on orritain, an acne drug with vitman A and it cause me to have depression, will retin a have a simular effect? Thanks,


AskDocWeb: Retin-A may be applied only to those areas that are a concern, covering your entire face is not necessary, and not recommended. Depression is not listed as a side effect.

Subj: My skin is peeling real bad
Date: 7/8/2009
I have been using Retin A Micro .25% for 4 months now, I would put a small amount of Retin A in my palm, add a drop of Jojoba Oil and a drop of Vitamin E and smooth it on at night. This was a great way to get moisture to my skin while applying the medication and helped with spreading evenly. Recently I thought I would just apply it alone without oils to see if it would speed up the process of getting rid of my dark spots from the sun. I have no more acne so I thought I would just work on the dark spots and scarring. 2 Days of applying the medication alone and my skin is peeling real bad. I thought I would have built up some tolerance to the medication by applying it with the oils for 4 months. and I thought the Jojoba oil would be great for delivering the medication deep, would not clog my pores and would moisturize. Will I have to start over with the side affects since I am using the medication alone?


AskDocWeb: That seems quite likely, adding oil to the Retin-A diluted the solution but now you are applying it full strength and it will take some time to get used to it.

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