hay ive been using Retin -A cream from my doctor for about 3 weeks now and am finding it really harsh on my skin, peeling sore and redness, i use it on my face and body,
anyone else use it and if so did you or do u have any problems with it?
You have to start off slowly and work you way up to this darl, I am currently using the retinol 0.5, I have been using this weak strength successfully for months now, later this week I am going to start using the retinol 1.0 and after my skin has become used to this strength I will then go to a doctor for prescription retinoids. You will definatley experience flakiness etc from using these types of creams, remeber to only use the slightest amount, also you could try just using it once a week for a while then move on to every second day until your skin develops a tollerance to the product. Let us know how you get on. :)
This cream works very well.
hey Mel :) yea iam using 0.05% , i stopped using it on my face cause it made it break out really bad and just keeps peeling even when i used it every 3rd or 2nd day, im using it on my sretchmarks on my legs and they are really red and itchy now, i havnt used it since thurs and its still sore so ive been putting my moogoo udder cream on it intil it gets a bit beter
I think you should find out off your doctor if this is right for you, remember that prescription vitamin a is much stronger than the ones you can purchase in-store, thus why you need a script, mabey you need to start off on a much lesser strength darl, definatly talk to the doctor. It is well known to cause these side effects but they should subside so if you are still getting such bad irritations I would be getting it checked out. Good luck let me know how you get on, this topic is one of great interest to me as I am working my way up to prescription strength now :)
yea i got to the docs alot so nxt time im there i`ll bring it up if it dont settle down, will keep you posted hun :)
I am using Retin-A gel and have been for about six months - the results are amazing so you know, Im never getting off the stuff. I havent had any soreness but I did experience dryness and the peeling is normal but perhaps your skin type is just extra sensitive OR your skin still needs to adjust so you should start off using it once every few days as these reactions are expected with prescription retinoids. Is the cream the lowest strength? Maybe the gel is also less irritating you could ask the doc about that.My label says 0.01%. And make sure youre not using any other sort of exfoliants including aha's, salycilic acid, even mechanical scrubs - although now I still use a mechanical scrub once a week. Even stabilized vitamin c in high concentrations and anything that claims to lighten and brighten shouldnt be used. Keep your routine simple, and moisturise really well during the day. Let me know how you go!
I think you might be on too high of a dose to start off with, you mentioned .05, whereas Tanias1 is only on 0.01, looks like that might be the problem, if you are not use to retin type products it might just be too strong initially, you could work up to that strength later :)
I am still definately going to be using my Vitamin C serum when I get onto retinoids that is actually a major part of my skincare regime. My BT did say I would have to cut out using so many glycolics but she did not say I have to cut them out all together? It is not recommended for me to mechanically exfoliate so I have to rely on chemical exfoliants for my skin. I guess when I do get on the prescription dose I will touvh base with my BT and make sure I am using the right products. I am starting on the next strength of Retinol 1.0% tonight and after a month I am off to see the doctor, hoping all goes well :)
When you started reacting, did you stop use altogether and let your skin recover before then trying it every third day? That would be something to look at too.
If still no good, definitely go back to your doctor for a lower dosage - sounds like your skin may be a bit sensitive and not coping with the vitamin a all that well.
yea im waiting for my face to heal up, its nilly back to normal, i do have very sensitive skin esp my face, i used it last night on my legs and they aint to bad today a tad itchy, i`d like to keep using it on my face where there are a few lines on my forehead, i just dont want it to b peeling or flaky all the time, i dont know why my doc started me on such a high one, ive got a repeat on it too.. dam, i might see how i go every 2nd day till my skin gets used to it
it started peeling after 3 days of using it,
Sorry I missed when you mentioned you were on 0.05% - definitely stop it and go doc to get the lowest dose. And hey melmeko I am using 10% vit c serum too!!! But only a few months after my skin got used to the retin-a. Be careful cause you dont wanna over exfoliate and cause inflammation and accelerate aging - I still take a break from the retinol twice a week just in case.
Oh and melmeko re your BT saying you can still use some aha's with retinol - I dont think you can. Retinol itself exfoliates your skin as well as causes cell renewal at a deeper level that aha's cant do. Even the product leaflet that comes with retin-a says not to use any other exfoliants. And I asked my BT for an md formulations facial and she said no cause I was on retin-a. I know the prescription retinol is strong enough to exfoliate because you actually rub your face afterwards and it peels but not sure if cosmetic retinols are strong enough to exfoliate. Email the actual company who makes your retinol and ask them if it exfoliates and whether or not you can use other exfoliants at same time. But I am positive you cant when you are on retin-a.
Thanks for the info darl, I will definately check it out when I do get onto the retinoids. ATM she knows I am on retinol and she knows I am using MD and she even selected my skincare products as Alpha-H and some of them are Glycolic as well, she just said I can only use one glycolic product per day. I am on 20% Vitamin C I think it is the Alph-H one, this is an important part of my regime and the one thing I will be sticking with when I start the retinoids. If I have to change my cleanser and moisturiser I definately will.
Quick question how much does it cost for the retinoids when you get a script from the Dr??
You can still use other active products like AHA's when using retinol - you just need to get professional advice on what you can and can't use, and how often etc. It's going to be different for everyone, according to their skin, along with their strength of retinol.
All retinols exfoliate to a certain extent - that's the point of them - to resurface the skin.
Allyfox - I would be starting off really slow - I would honestly do every 3 days to start off, then every 2, and then you may be able to do it every night. If you go too much too fast, you'll have to go back to using nothing until your skin heals again - so best to take it even overly slow, just to ease your skin into the routine.
i don't know much about the prescription retinol....Mel is that what you are using now ??
I will talk to my doc next time i go but not sure what to ask for, i.e is there different brands etc....
Abby I would recommend you speak to a beauty therapist not a doctor - a beauty therapist will sort out your routine to suit your skin exactly - whereas a doctor will just hand you a script. It's how I would go about it - and then your BT would tell you when you could try getting a script for a stronger strength retinol - but there's plenty of products (ie Ultraceuticals and the like) which do retinol formulations. (I'm on the lowest one at the moment).
Abby I went to see a BT and mentioned that I was already using Retinol 0.5, she said my skin would be better off with retinoids so I am going to work up to that, starting on Retinol 1.0 this week, after I know my skin can tolerate that then I will go for a low strength retinoid, I am going to try a low strength and see how my skin goes and then try to work up to the point in which my BT thinks I need :)
Wow that's great all you clever beauties on Retinol! I was on that several years ago after a couple of courses of Roaccutane. My Skin Specialist put me on 10% Vit c and Retinol lotion to remove away the acne scars I'd managed to accrue. (I Don't have them anymore!!) So I understand!
Four little (but good!) tips I can add:
*Don't take Vitamin A in any tablet form whatsoever while you are using the Retinol Cream, not even in a multivitamin.
*Don't be pregnant while on Retinol creams.
*Keep Retinol Creams away from near the corners of your eyes and corners of the mouth because it can cause little cracks worse there than anywhere else.
*Wear MASSES of sunblock and try and stay right out of the sun as much as poss.
I had great success with Retinol and hope you all do too.
Mel the prescription retin-a is so cheap $30 and lasts a few months, and its more effective than non-script retinol so you can save your money for vitamin c serum. Yes using one product a day is really good but once you get on retin-a you wont need any other exfoliant creams, just your vit c. Im just worried if you use vit c and prescription retin-a you might cause damage so be careful start slow
Hey softness, I take a multivitamin! What happens?
i pay $32, but thats with hbf, i think they r around $37 without hbf
Wow $30 is far cheaper than the Retinol which is over $100, lol. I think it will be perfectly safe using the retinoids and vitamin c as my BT uses them both herself :)
Tanias - check if your multivitamin has any vitamin a in it - it's just dangerous if you consume too much of it.
Vitamin c alongside vitamin a is fine though - they actually are super beneficial when used in conjunctino with eachother.
That is what my BT said also Elmo, the two of those combined with a good cleanser and moisturiser will be all I need. I might actually be able to go back to using my Kosmea ones when I start on the retinoids as they don't have any actives and have always been effective for me :)
Yeah just cleanser (I use Neutrogena fresh foaming cleanser and makeup remover), spf 30 moisturiser, stable vit c, and retinol!!! All you need always - everything else is BS I think. Oh and maybe a gentle mechanical scrub once a week. What do you guys think about which products are/are not necessary?
I think toners/hydrating mists are unnecessary - although I do like using my avene spray - I don't know that it actually does all that much for my skin. My BT has also opened my eyes up to the fact that cleansing oils aren't all that necessary either - I mean if you like using them, by all means do, but a simple double cleanse with your regular cleanser should remove all makeup anyway - and it works fine for me! I think it depends on your skin type - unfortunately my skin is difficult, so I seem to require more products because of that!
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