(Closed) RETIN-A – Peeeeeeeling…

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
104 posts
Blushing bee

foz:  for me, the peeling didn’t stop until i began using it every single night. i started prescription strength retin-a (i think .05%) toward the end of september and almost exactly a week later, a layer of face started peeling off at work. it was sooo embarrassing and gross – i felt like i looked diseased!

but after about a month, i’d built up to using it every night, instead of every other night, and the peeling stopped.  now, if i skip a night or two, the peeling starts back.  i’m not sure if that is everyone’s experience, but i had major redness and burning as well in the beginning. i just pushed through it and kept using it every night and now my skin is so smooth and glowy! 


Thanks to @MrsBuesleBee for the Retin-A recommendation! The result is definitely worth the beginning side effects 


Post # 3
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015


It does eventually end!  I used retin-a before and was very happy with the results once the peeling stopped.  It does make the skin very sensitive in the beginning as well.  I forget how long the peeling lasted but if it continues much longer maybe you should ask about the less stong RX.

Post # 4
9588 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Make sure you’re not using too much- a tiny pea will do. Also, don’t put it on right after washing your face or showering when your pores are open. Let your skin settle then apply, then moisturizer after 5 minutes.

But really, how retin A works is it burns off the top layer of skin, so you create new collagen and skin cells. It shouldn’t be obvious peeling though forever.

Post # 6
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I had to stop. It was to the point where the skin on my face was so sensitive it hurt. I tried to tough it out for two or three weeks because my skin was looking great but my face was so sensitive and it wasnt getting any less painful.



Post # 7
1440 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I never dealt with peeling,  but I did face the dreaded purge, which I think is even worse. I had lots of redness right after application as well.  I do agree that as far as side effects go, they seem to subside the more frequently you use it. Once I got up to every night, I started waking up glowing. You also might look into switching to a different brand or blend. Im using epiduo, which has retin-a mixed with something else and it’s more gentle on the skin

Post # 8
257 posts
Helper bee

I peeled for a week or so but I had to drop to every other day in the end. This was actually a prescribed acne treatment for me! But it does do wonders for your complexion.

Post # 9
35 posts

Well sounds like your method of application is on point, but I would never increase the frequency until the peeling stopped at that level. I would suggest dropping to 0.025, building a daily tolerance to that, THEN increase to 0.05. Make sure you no longer get peeling or discomfort at one frequency before you begin increasing the application.

For me whenever I increased the frequency prematurely it was endless peeling, I never adjusted. Only slow adjustment worked. 

Post # 10
5090 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I never peeled, but my skin got red and flaky and it burned for about a week. It was just dry for much longer and then normalized. Then I ended up getting acne and greasy skin that was wayyy worse than what I got the Retin-A for originally! I had to stop at that point.

Post # 11
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Where do you get it from? Brand name? 

Post # 12
393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

if you peel, you are suppose to ease up a bit until you don’t peel and then SLOWLY increase the amount again. 

Post # 13
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - The Celebration Farm

I had to stop taking it because my skin never got adjusted to it. It was peeling but I was more worried by the fact that my face felt like it was on fire no matter what I put on it, even water stung. My derm switched me to BenzaClin (topical) and Spironolactone (oral – I think this is a diuretic – it helped a lot with swelling) for the cystic acne I get on my chin and I really appreciate what they do for my skin. I had to stop taking the Spironolactone when we started TTC, but I still use the BenzaClin. Depending on what your problem areas are, there may be a better Rx for you. 

Post # 14
11176 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I never had any peeling & my skin is super sensitive.  You may need to go to a lower dose.

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