I have been using .o5% Retin A Micro for almost four months and I have seen great results. In the past two weeks I have noticed that the healthy glow has faded a bit. Its sort of like a once great diet where you’ve stopped losing weight. I don’t need to wait between washing my face and applying this proven wrinkle fighter to my face to avoid irritation. Clearly my skin cells are now rather bored with my treatment. I need to, as Emeril would say, “crank it up a bit”. I still have about a quarter of the $300 tube left and I really don’t want to waste it. I did a bit of research and found that I could use physical exfoliating tools like Buff Puff sponge to enhance the anti-aging effects. Cleansing my face with a disposable abrasive sponge makes the skin feel clean and smooth, and the glow is coming back. I can finish this lower dose Retin A using this added boost, but my next subscription will be for a stronger Retin A product. I am looking at two choices:
1) I can move up to .1% Retin A Micro. This is more than double the strength of the cream I am now using, but still in the gentler encapsulated form. And still pricey at $300 a tube.
2) I can switch to the original .o5% Retin A which is naturally stonger. Its also much less expensive. In my local pharmacy Retin A ( which is now generic) is about $115. From a Canadian phrmacy, its $40. Nice. I can put the extra money towards my next big project — A visit with the IPL laser. This is the mildest laser that can brighter the complexion by removing dark spots, remove fine lines and slightly tighten the skin.
But right now I have to decide on the next step. Does anyone have experience with moving up in strength in Retin A?