My Retin-A Review
My Personal Experience with Retin-A
Let me tell you a little about my earliest experience with Retin-A. First of all, we need to talk about what Retin-A does, what it is composed of, and how dermatologists prescribe it to their patients (or rather maybe I should say, for what skin conditions they prescribe it for).
My experience with this topical medication for the skin was going back several years. Almost twenty years, to be exact. I am now 35 years old as of this writing, and I was all of 14 or 15 years old when I had my first experience with it. I was prescribed Retin-A (Tretinoin) for the most common problem it was used for back then, which was acne.
Why acne? Well, it is used today still for this purpose, but it was used for years specifically for acne, and not really so much for anti aging purpose, because it had a great ability to sheer away the upper most skin layers, so that the pores could remain more free of any clogging. It also was useful in helping to exfoliate the skin and diminish acne scarring residuals.
However, I did not have a good experience with it back then. Looking back, I am positive that I was doing the absolute worst things I possibly could in conjunction with this product. When I was this young, I thought that the key to getting rid of acne was to dry out my skin. I thought that surface oil needed to be completely eliminated and also that my skin needed to be dried out as much as possible.
Boy, was I ever wrong. I used extremely harsh and stripping facial cleansers, and to top it off I also used drying and irritating over the counter toners after I cleansed. Not only that, I also left the cleansers on my face for way too long, allowing them to dry my face out even more. After the cleansers and the toners left my skin dried out, I THEN applied Retin-A.
No wonder I experienced dry, red, flaking and crusting skin! Knowing what I know now, I realize that this is probably the reason that Retin-A is such a powerful anti aging medication. It literally makes the outer layers of your skin peel away in sheets, kind of like a high grade chemical peel does.
This means that off comes your skins dead, dry, dull layers and out comes your newest, most radiant layers of new, fresh, brand new cells, skin! It is really not surprising that this works so well for anti aging and acne. By the way, we suggest you take a look at buying Retin-A online at a reputable dispensary. Retin-A is a derivative of Vitamin A, just like Retinol products are, and also one of the biggest acne drugs every produced is also a derivative of vitamin A, Accutane.
Can you believe that Retin-A is currently one of the only (if not still THE only) topical medication that has been proven in clinical trials to improve wrinkles and fine lines? That definitely speak well of this product. Can it dry out your skin if used improperly? Sure! There are precautions that you must take for this to work its magic while also making sure that you maintain the supple, smooth look of your skin while you are actually being treated with it as well.
Retin-A works to help with blackheads and whiteheads for acne because it actually helps to push out the clogging materials in the pores due the ability to greatly enhance the turnover of the skin cells, more specifically, the shedding of dead, clogging, dulling skin cells, so that your complexion looks much more clear and pristine.
Patients who use it often report that their pores have never looked better because it helps to minimize the appearance of the pores, which is a major facet of good looking skin.
When I was prescribed Retin-A years ago for my rampant teenaged acne, I was given it in gel form. I do wonder if my skin would have dried out less had it been issued in cream form instead. I think that if youâ€™re using gel, you should really watch it and make sure you apply it in a very thin layer like they suggest at night.
It is important that you apply this product sparingly, which is actually a good thing, when you consider that this will make it last longer and less hard on your wallet. One of the admitted side effects of this product are that your skin may flake. This depends on many factors of course, as to the severity of the flaking.
It depends on what you are using on your face as far as face washes, etc. You need to make sure you are using very mild cleansers, moisturizers that are noncomedogenic (do not clog pores), and do not use other drying creams, toners, or other products while you are using this.
That will help reduce the likelihood of dry skin and any redness that might accompany it. It is kind of funny if you think about it. You use all these products like peels, microdermabrasion, and other abrasive, exfoliating treatments to make your skin, ultimately, look better.
And yet, your skin does look a little worse for a little while before it looks better. But the payoff is huge if you use these products correctly. You will notice that over the years, your skin will superficially age at a slower rate, and you will look younger, longer.