Posted 06 June 2014 - 10:15 PM
So, from my understanding, just considering the collagen, the first few layers of the dermis become compacted at first, and nearing the 12 month mark on tretinoin, a large jump in thickening of the dermis occurs (hence so many women swearing by it for long term anti-aging benefits). And taking into account that it purges the heck out of your pores, I would say for the first 6 months, you could quite possibly see larger looking pores if your skin was pretty congested under those first few layers. I can attest to the thickening at the 12 month mark as many of my old scars took on a very soft look and ALL of my ice pick and boxcar scars became mild rolling scars and my forehead lines disappeared as well as crows feet. Which is why I like tretinoin, as when I was a teen they were heavy handed giving me epiduo and clinda gel which together burnt my face and I scarred due to that treatment.
For me, the peak benefits of being of clear of acne hit right around 4-6 months of being on it when I FIRST started. According to the studies, the standard is six months. This topical takes a lot of patience, but as a woman in my 30s, it has been worth the wait for the benefits.