Question: You’ve totally sold me on the benefits of tretinoin but it just doesn’t work for me. I used Retin A Micro and followed your guidelines– washed with a mild soap, waited 30 minutes after washing, and used it 3X/week– but my skin is constantly irritated and flaky. What else can I do to deal with too many years in the sun?
Answer: Before you declare defeat, keep in mind that Retin A is a brand name( like Kleenex or Xerox) and there are different formulations that could be a better choice for you. Retin A Micro is a gel that is actually approved for acne, not anti-aging. It works well for thicker, oilier skin ( like mine) but finer, drier skin types may over react.
To get the benefits of tretinoin without irritation, Dr Heidi Waldorf of Mount Sinai Medical Center … Continue Reading… →
I get more questions about Retin A than just about any other topic. I believe that this retinoid is the foundation of anti-aging skin care- but it can be tricky to use effectively. The package insert never tells you the important stuff like what’s the difference between the available brands, kind of cleanser to use, and should you put a moisturizer on before or after the Retin A.
Ten years ago I tried Retin A and gave up after a week or two. Now ten years older, I really needed to use it and I was determined to become a Retin A master. I have been writing about my Retin A journey and posting the results, but its annoying to have to track back through the archives to get the answer to a … Continue Reading… →
I have been using Retin A Micro for several months and I’m thrilled with the results. There are also several other types of Retin A products ( available only by prescription) that you should know about. In addition I’m going to decribe two new types of retinoids that have different features that could be of value.
1. Retin A — This is the granddaddy of anti-aging products and has volumes of research behind it. Its now available in a generic version that costs less than $30 online. By comparison the drugstore price for the brand name Retin A is about @$120/tube. This is one of the strongest forms of Retin A and you should follow the rules very carefully to avoid irritation– its worth it and the savings are amazing.
2. Retin-A Micro- This is the form that I currently use. It has two strengths–.o4% and .1%. It is … Continue Reading… →