It's been a month and a half since starting Tretinoin and my skin is worse than ever. I switched from the cream to the Retin A Microo gel formula, but the concentration is still the same, at 0.1%, as are the side effects.
My skin is flaky around the chin area but overall it's still as oily as usual, which is very oily. My face gets red even after gentle washing and I seem to get new pimples out of nowhere. I have whiteheads and bumps under the very surface of my skin that do not seem to want to go away. My parents are telling me that Retin A is ruining my skin and that it's so much worse than before.
I am determined to wait this out until the 3 month mark though I'm currently really frustrated with my skin. I want this to work for me but there seems to be no improvement yet. : (
I've been using Retin-A for about 3 weeks now and the major side effects have subsided. I no longer experience burning or peeling. The only peeling I do notice is around active blemishes or around my chin, and occasionally around my eyes. However, those are sensitive areas of my skin and tend to peel with any type of acne medication.
As for my acne, I can't say that it has improved. I already had little bumps under my skin, and it seems like dozens more have emerged. They don't really show up in photos or from far away, but if you're up close and the light is not in my favor, you'll see tons of these little bumps. They're like enlarged whiteheads under my skin. I've gotten some new pimples that seem to come out of nowhere, but they seem to disappear a little faster than usual.
Perhaps this is part of the initial break-out process and it's just the acne under my skin being drawn out. The whiteheads that typically appear around my nose are there, but are under control, as are those on my chin. I know I have to stick to this product for at least 2 months to see full results, but I don't want to get my hopes up.
Retin-A speeds of the rate of skin cell turnover, but what if the lack of cell turnover isn't my problem? What if it's hormones? Or my horribly oily skin? My skin is just as oily with the Retin-A as without.
The part that annoys me the most is having to wait 20 minutes after washing to apply this product. I understand the importance of following the instructions, but after 20 minutes, my skin starts producing oil again. Gross!
All in all, I haven't noticed much of a difference. But I've been using it every night without fail and hopefully after a couple months there will be some marked improvement.
A few days after starting to use Retin-A, my skin is more sensitive to cleansing products. I usually wash my face during my evening shower. Before I get into the shower, I wipe off any makeup I have on with a facial wipe. In the shower, I usually use a scrub and/or cream cleanser. I've been using these two types of products for so long and they've never caused any irritation...until now!
When I applied my St. Ive's scrub, I was super gentle, but it burned! I washed it off after maybe 5 to 10 seconds. The Retin-A has definitely made my skin a more sensitive. However, moisturizers and makeup don't seem to irritate it at all, just certain cleansers. In the morning I use a gentle cleanser such as Olay or Purity by Philosophy and don't have any irritation then, just at night.
Overall, the Retin-A is making my skin more sensitive and I have to be extra careful when cleansing. And even when drying off with a towel, as that actually kind of hurts, too.
I wonder if this will be a long-term side-effect of using Retin-A.
I started using Retin-A (Tretinoin 0.1% cream) o Tuesday, September 7, 2010. I followed the instructions, which stated to apply the cream about 20 minutes after washing my face. I know that they want me to wait about 20 minutes to make sure that my skin is completely dry, but after 20 minutes, my skin starts to get oily again! Anyway, it took about a pea-sized amount to cover my face. It went on pretty creamy and made my face look super oily (I have pretty oily skin as it is).
The first couple days I didn't really notice much of a difference. The product is supposed to make my skin red, flaky and irritated, but initially I didn't notice any of that. Has my skin been toughened up by years of benzoyl peroxide use?
On day 3, my skin started to peel around the nose and mouth area. Since this product causes your skin cells to shed at a faster rate, all the developing acne and excess gunk under the top layer is supposed to become exposed. This, in turn, can make your acne appear to worsen for the first couple of months. I don't know if I'm just imagining it, but I seriously think that some small bumps are begin to emerge from under my skin. Maybe they were already there, but I'm only noticing them now that I'm using the Retin-A.
I was recently prescribed 0.1% Tretinoin cream, better known as Retin-A, by my doctor. I had been using a benzoyl peroxide-based treatment for about 10 months, and while it kept my mild to moderate acne under control, I still had acne.
My acne usually appears in the form of small bumps or whiteheads underneath the very surface of my skin. I have whiteheads around my nose and chin, and always have a least one larger pimple on my cheeks. My cheeks are my most stubborn acne zones, and I usually don't have much of an issue with breakouts on my forehead. Though my skin eruptions are small, they are persistent and have been a source of constant frustration for years. I naturally have very oily skin which contributes to the overall congestion of my skin and makes my pores look large. Furthermore, it scars very easily. No matter what I eat or how much I sleep or how often I exercise, my skin is constantly oily. I am honestly amazed at my body's ability to produce so much oil.
Retin-A increases the rate of skin cell turnover where it is applied. In other words, it helps your skin shed and renew faster than it would on it's own. If you're interested in a more detailed description of its chemical composition and intended function, check out the Wikipedia .
There are different prescription strengths of this product, and I have the 0.1% version. I have the cream formula, though I would like to try out the gel formula because I think it would be better for my oily skin. It is meant to be applied at night, about 20 minutes after cleansing your face.
After reading reviews online, I am excited to use something different to treat my acne. Part of me is hoping that Retin-A will be my holy grail skincare product, but another part of me is prepared to be disappointed.
Please read my subsequent blog posts if you are interested in seeing how my journey with Retin-A goes.