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Beware Of Retin A

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I just wanted to post this in hopes of maybe helping some people before they mess up their face like me.

I went to a derm for acne and was given a script for Retin A (Tretinoin). I only used it a cpl times following the directions and stopped because it made my skin SUPER oily and irritated. Now 7 months since stopping I still have extremely oily skin, an uneven skin tone, and probably the worst part of it all is I now have enlarged scarred pores all over my face. My cheeks look like they have an orange peel texture and lines when I smile or make any kind of facial expressions. Some pores have even become stretched out and connected.

I know this doesn't happen to everybody and some ppl use retinoids and get good results, but there are some that end up with horrible results and way worse problems then when they started (google retin a causing large pores). I've read that once your pores become enlarged that you can't shrink them back down to normal because they walls of the pores have become stretched out. So now I'm stuck with this mess. It is very disheartening thinking about how I went to a derm for some acne and ended up with a lot more problems afterwards. I had pretty good skin besides the acne before all this.

Anyways, I just want anybody that gets prescribed Retin A to think twice about it before putting that bullshit on your face. That shit has seriously ruined my face.

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How long have you been using the Retin-A for? I have been using mine for 3 months and have seen somewhat of a improvement with little to no side effects (0.025%). Was it the gel or the cream. I really hate these types of responses because it scares people away from the most researched and clinically valid topical on the market today. You cant just use the Retin-A for 1 month and call it quits because it swells your skin giving the impression of large pores. In my experience Retin-A actually fades scars too. I used to have small ones near my eyes and it is 99% gone. I just dont like un-educated topics (based on your experience) to scare thousands of people away.

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I used RetinA for several months, had some redness and peeling but it went away eventually. It made my skin tone nice. Also got rid of scars and red marks well.

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I used Retin-A Micro for 7 months, and it gave me fantastic results but I still have some red spots so I've been on epiduo for 6 weeks. I'm looking forward to see what will happen.

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dpak you have to use retin a for a lot longer than that. not surprising you were not happy after such a short time.

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there is no way it could have messed up your skin after using it only after a few times. i swear sometimes people are so paranoid about everything!

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Just because you have good results it doesn't mean everybody else will. I even said that what happened to me won't happen to everyone. Just Google 'retin a damage' and you will see posts on a lot of diff sites with lots of ppl that have the same problems that I have. I guess me and all those ppl are paranoid or imagining all these things.

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You said that you only used it for a couple of times, how sure are you that it really is the reason? I, myself have been using it for maybe 6-7 months now and it's really working great. I experienced some redness and oiliness too for a few weeks when I started but after that, it's all good. Retin-A is not a one night magic serum, it's known for it's numerous benefits on skin and anti-aging but you have to wait a couple of months before you see the great results and benefits. :)

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Been using for months. Caused large pores and lines connecting these pores too. Indents appeared too. Wish I have never started retin a. Now trying to recover. It's slow. Still looking for other posts on recovery

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Sometimes dry or dehydrated skin can cause large pores. This happened to me about a year ago, I had been using BP for a couple of months and my skin was a mess, every pore seemed huge and I also had the lines connecting pores, redness and really oily skin. I have been on birth control for about a year and have been suing differin for the same amount of time, but I have also switched to a gentle skincare regimen and focused a lot on getting moisture back in to my skin, I cut out soap cleanser and apart from differin I try not to use anything harsh on my skin. What I am trying to say is that maybe the retin a is to drying, but the changes to your skin shouldn't be permanent, once you find the right regimen these things should go away, mine did, and at the time I didn't think they would. Things will get better x


Current Routine

AM:

Cleanse: Merumaya cleansing balm, removed with damp hands and a cotton wipe. Followed by la Roche Posse La Toleraine cleaner followed again by rinsing with damp hands, patting my face and a cotton wipe
Tone: Pixi glow tonic, simply apply some to the palm of my hands and pat on my face

Moisturise: Aveene rich, or light moisturising lotion (oil free) spf 20

Topicals: Vitage protect and perfect serum, after I moisturise now that it's coming into fall and winter

PM

Same as morning but occasionally will thrown in a priori aha cleanser and use Differin after I moisturise a few nights a week

Bliss aha mask once a week/every two weeks followed by Nuxe crème fraiche moisturising mask

Oral medication: Cilest BCP

Supplements: No current supplements

Current make up: Various foundations depending on my mood, Estee lauder double wear light, Vichy Dermablend, Charlotte Tilbury and Skin 79 BB cream, NARS creamy concealer or Naked concealer, Dollish CC cream for days when I don't want to wear foundation and Jane Iredale mineral powder to finish. For some colour I use tea to tan By Terry, it's water base tint to give me some colour and various cream and powder blushes (love my blushes) currently loving Orgasm by Nars for a pop of colour on my cheeks and Vita Liberata mineral tan is amazing for the summer

Tools: Sigma F80 Kabuki for foundation or Real Techniques beauty blender and pretty much every other real techniques bruses for the rest of my make up


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Sometimes dry or dehydrated skin can cause large pores. This happened to me about a year ago, I had been using BP for a couple of months and my skin was a mess, every pore seemed huge and I also had the lines connecting pores, redness and really oily skin. I have been on birth control for about a year and have been suing differin for the same amount of time, but I have also switched to a gentle skincare regimen and focused a lot on getting moisture back in to my skin, I cut out soap cleanser and apart from differin I try not to use anything harsh on my skin. What I am trying to say is that maybe the retin a is to drying, but the changes to your skin shouldn't be permanent, once you find the right regimen these things should go away, mine did, and at the time I didn't think they would. Things will get better x

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That was the ugly stage of sloughing off old tissue and congestion in pores coming to the surface. If you stop, it's all sitting in the pores near the surface, making pores appear larger and half-attempt exfoliated face. Plus it will be red. You can start at a .01 and peel a bit, then jump to the .02 and then .05.

Full exfoliating benefits (smooth skin) begin after about a month (during that month acne flare ups should happen during purging as well, 6 months full clarity regarding acne, but thinner more compacted dermal layers, and finally by 12 months the dermal layers jump in thickness and collagen remodeling takes place (fine lines are gone, sharp edge scars become rolling scars etc) and you have thickened skin and tiny pores as well as no acne.

I don't recommend this topical if you can't put in the time. But honestly the terrible stage is not that terrible or long as long you go gradually on the strengths, do it at night on dry skin, and don't exfoliate or apply other agents that may burn or peel.

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Thank you tootie. I have passed through the terrible stage before. It was all good and smooth. But after the 6th month, skin became thin, orange texture, super leathery shiny even directly after a cleanse.

The worse is seeing pores enlarged and new indents even when there's no more acne. I'm not under accutane before.

I wish to start from 0.01 the lowest but until someone or more people is able to shed the light why pores could be bigger, lines connecting pores, and even indents can appear out of nowhere when there's no lesion, I could only wait for recovery of pores first

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It's coming up on a year since I used retin a and none of the bad side effects have gone away. Still have really oily skin, large open pores all over my face, lines connecting pores, and skin discoloration. I've tried every remedy you can find online from not using harsh cleansers to raw honey and nothing has worked.

I'm really starting to think my skin is permanently damaged...

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That's what I'm worried too. Skin near cheeks open pores extremely dry, lines connecting. Leathery skin. Shiny too even after washing. Skin looks fake.

The thing is not retin A is bad. But it's the consequences that is irrevisible that's extremely bad! No wonder it is labeled as poison in my country on the tube.

I'm beginning to think the only way to remove that skin is to laser it off or deep peels. Not tca medium peels. But I'm worried laser could make things worse

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Retin-a (Tretinoin) has done nothing but good for me. I used to use .05% strength, but I can handle .1 now. I use the cream version by the way.


You don't need a reason to help people.


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I know how you feel I used differin for 12 weeks hoping it would help with my mild acne and instead it got a lot lot lot worse. Ive never had acne as bad in my life as I had whilst using differin. I regretted using it so badly I couldnt believe Id self-inflicted worse acne upon myself.

I stopped using it around december and my skin has finally started to calm down. I still have the pigmentation but its nothing compared to a face full of acne. What Im trying to say is dont give up! Its taken me nearly 7 months and many product changed for my skin to calm. Its not like it was before but its getting there.

You never know how your skin is going to react until you try a retinoid. Differin worked beautifully on my best friend but not on me.


Currently Using: First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery, Paulas Choice 2.5% BP, Olay Sensitive Beauty Fluid.

Extras: Paulas Choice 10% AHA & Paulas Choice 2% BHA.

Failed: Duac, Differin, Bactrim, Tetracycline, Doxycycline.

Acne status: Clear on chin and forehead except for pigmentation. Working on closed comedones around nose, top lip, upper cheeks and overall skin texture.


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These posts scare me because I've been on it for 2 months and haven't seen much improvement. My pores are small, but the cream broke me out with multiple whiteheads. At first it gave my skin that shiny look, more oily and my skin had many lines but that all improved. It's just the acne that's killing me.

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