If you are not familiar with Retin A (tretinoin), let me explain a little. Basically, it is a form of vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself. That means that, basically, it will “peel” your skin, allowing new skin to appear, more glowing, softer, better looking.
In my experience… it really works.
It works, I’ve used it and I can tell you that my skin looked much softer, more glowing (definitely more glowing!), it smooths fine wrinkles, that’s for sure; it also makes wonders for oily and acne prone skin. When I used it for the first time, I was, in fact, amazed; it is almost too good to be true.
Just go easy on it. Seriously!
Don’t make the same mistake I made. Since I noticed very good results, I applied very generously… and then… I suffered the consequences… after three days, my face turned red, it was itching, stinging… it was horrible! my face was extremely irritated, dry and looked like it was aging, a lot of people looked at me and asked me if I had a hangover or if I felt bad…
I actually became very worried because it was extreme and I thought I had made a big, big mistake; I actually noticed wrinkles appearing and started to research if other people had similar experiences or something like that… but it was simply that I had applied too much. I used creams for sensitive skin to deal with the irritation and it just took time to recover and actually my skin looked better than before… because the cream was actually doing its job, but it needs time to recover and if you apply too much, it can seriously hurt. In fact, I had been warned about it, but since I didn’t feel any discomfort initially, I ignored the warning. Don’t do that, you might regret it. You don’t want to feel any discomfort at all. Also, avoid using products that could dry or irritate your skin.
Another thing you need to consider is the potency of the cream. It is sold in different concentrations. I recommend using the one with the 0.025% potency. No more than that.
Less is more with this cream
My personal suggestion is use it only once a week, only at night and don’t apply it directly; mix a portion of Retin A the size of a pea and mix it with a deeply moisturizing cream, avoid contact with eyelids lips and try to sleep on your back if you can the day you wear it. Always wear a good quality sunscreen FPS+50 and avoid direct sun exposure as much as you possibly can even during the days you aren’t wearing Retin A, this is because during the phase you are wearing it, your skin is more sensitive to sunlight and it could actually be bad for your skin if you don’t take this advice, it would turn counterproductive for you, so, as I previously said, just go easy on it. It could be good too if you take some time off after a couple of weeks. This is a much, much better strategy in comparison to the idea of applying a lot in hopes it will speed the process… that won’t happen, the only thing you’ll get is a red, extremely dry, stinging, irritated skin that will make you feel and look bad for many days… you don’t want that, trust me! Another good thing about going easy on it is that a single tube will last maybe for years. Retin A isn’t expensive at all, actually, in my opinion, it is very, very cheap, and it gets even cheaper and more effective if you use it in the right amounts, which is: Only a portion the size of a pea only once a week, before you go to sleep. You can’t get a better deal than that! The less you use it, the better it works.
How to apply it
- Clean your face, I suggest using a cleanser or a soap for sensitive skin. It will sooth and comfort your skin. Remember this cream is kind of “abrasive”, so, you want to pamper it during this process.
- Dry your face. Don’t be impatient. Wait until your face is completely dry.
- Take in your fingers a portion the size of a pea (seriously, no more than that, please) and add it to a good portion of a good moisturizing cream and apply it evenly. Remember to avoid the eyelids, the lips and the skin surrounding the eyes.
- Go to sleep, avoid blue light (light from the computer screen or your cell phone’s) and sleep on your back if you can, so you avoid impact of your face with your pillow.
- Wash your face the next day.
- Wear sunscreen the following days.
Retin A cream works. It’s a great product. Just be careful on how much you apply, how often and wear a good sunscreen. Your face will look so much better if you use this cream!