(Closed) Retin-A/Tretinoin for Acne??

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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@EffieTrinket:

 

I have used Retin-A before and unfortunately it did not work for me. I used Differen, Retin- A and also Proactiv and was on the pill to help my acne situation out. I tried all of these over the span of 5-6 years with little to no improvement. Actually.. I think Proactiv made my skin MUCH worse!

About 2 years ago I did an 8 month round of Accutane and have had amazing results! I waited for about a year to let my skin heal and have done some light peels/dermabrasions to get rid of some of the surface scars and redness.

 

If you are at your wits end, I would definitely try Accutane. It is expensive and a pain to keep up with since getting the Rx is difficult and you have to take a pregnancy test  every month… but it is worth it!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Many, many years ago I used Retin-A when I was a teen.  It worked.  Have you been to a dermatologist?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@EffieTrinket: I used Retin-A for many years to no avail. It did nothing for my skin.

Just to give you some background, I’ve had acne for 18 years with the worst of it actually being in my early and mid twenties. I’ve used practically everything including Retin-A, Differin, doxycycline, bactarin, etc.,

If you can name it, I probably tried it. EXCEPT for Accutane. I was too scared of the side effects. As it stands right now, my skin has gone from being 75% broken out to 10% broken out, however, I have quite a bit of scarring left over which I generally cover with makeup. I plan to get them lasered off in the future.

The only things that worked for me was Solodyn (pill) which is considered a significant step down from Accutane as it doesn’t have all the side effects, and Tazarac (gel/cream). I no longer use the Solodyn but still use Tazarac for maintainance purposes.

PM me if you want more detail.

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@EffieTrinket:

 

I have had the microdermabrasion done and also I did a light peel for acne prone skin at my dermatologists office and I didn’t find that it broke me out at all. The microderm was a little rough at first, but I really liked the results. It did dry out my skin a few days after I had it done because my skin is pretty dry now. My biggest problem since the Accutane treatment is dry skin.. especially on my legs, elbows and lips still.  I am really good about mouisturizing my face, but the rest of my body I have to constantly put lotion on! I wish I had taken some better before and after pics from Accutane and the peels/ dermabrasion… (I know people blot out their faces on here but I really dont care if you see my face or not! it is in my profile pic anyways..)

This was me right before or right when I first started taking Accutane and before the first peel… As you can see, the make up is CAKED on here… at least it looks that way to me!I always broke out around my cheeks and mouth, and Retin-A tends to dry out your cheeks bad! ( at least that is what I found)

 

 

This is about 1 to 1 1/2 years after taking it and doing a peel… I can tell a difference! Some people say they cant see that much of a change but I think there is improvement. Sorry to turn this thing into an ad for Acne medicine… but, I know as a bride to be that skin is a huge concern and women pay a lot of money to look good in their own skin! Hope this helps!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’ve tried EVERYTHING! I did a 5 month round of Accutane about 10 years ago and had great results, though I tend to get really bad coldsores and Accutane made it worse. That was my only side effect, but it was bad enough to cut it short.

RetinA is the best thing on the market. I use retin A micro and will for the rest of my life! Not only is great for acne (and there are diff strengths, so you can go up and down til you find the right strength), but it is the #1 anti-aging product. I work with a (male) derm and he told me that all of the women he was in school with use it. I use it 4 days a week in the summer and only 2-3 in the winter. My skin is clear clear clear after years of battling.

I also have a clarisonic, which has brightened my skin more than anything. I could actually go without makeup, which was simply never an option for me before.

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@EffieTrinket: It is my e-ring. Thanks!!!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@EffieTrinket: It is my e-ring. Thanks!!!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@EffieTrinket: It is my e-ring. Thanks!!!

Post # 13
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Wannabee

I work in the dermatology field and we use TONS of retin A for acne. However, it has to be the right type of acne for it to work.. If you are prone to black heads and white heads it is a GREAT medication although every medication has side effects, common ones with Retin A include dryness and increased risk of sunburning like someone had mentioned. There are also many TOPICAL antibiotics that can be tried as well. I would try and make an appointment with a medical dermatologist- trying to stear clear of ones who do tons of cosmetics, just because in my experience they tend to prescribe more generic- ie cheaper meds, IMO. Also Accutane is a great medication for cystic and scarring acne, but can be $$$$.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

i have it and i love it. I’ve used a bunch of different stregenths to find the right combo for me. I use .1 on my cheeks and i use the .05 on my t-zone and forehead. My doctor also suggested i try the accutane cause i’m more prone to cystic ance but i did a lot of research on it and it’s just to scary for me! Right now i’m taking a low dose of antibiotics daily to help with my acne and so far it’s working and i dont really see any side effects from it.

Post # 15
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@MrsJules10:

 

Yes.. accutane can be VERY scary when you read about all of the side effects! I waited a while and tried everything under the sun!

Another thing that I have found that works to bring a blemish down is just a dab of tea tree oil on the spot. A little goes a long way. When I was on Retin-A, my skin was peeling pretty badly but I would still get breakouts.. so I would have acne/dry skin, too… and the tea tree oil helped as a spot treatment while I went easy on the rest of my face.

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