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I have been using Retin-A for the last 5 years. I started out slow with 0.05% Tretinoin cream for adult acne and lines, wrinkles. I had sun damage and I was going through surgical menopause after a total hysterectomy. In the beginning, I had some learning curves as far as how much to apply, how often and when to apply. My approach was to apply more for better results. That does not work with Retin-A. The results are gradual and you go through some peeling at the beginning that might make you decide Retin-A is not for you but hang in there.
Retin-A improvements at 7 months
I used Retin-A every other night and the results were slow but at around the 7-month mark, I noticed an improvement. I washed my face and waited 30 minutes to apply a pea-size amount of Retin-A and layered one of my favorite skin creams on top. It was working and I kept going with it. After 4 years of using 0.5%, I talked to my dermatologist about changing it to 0.1%. I will share some of the products I use in addition to my Retin-A.
After changing from 0.5% to 0.1% I have noticed a change in my hyperpigmentation and lines around my mouth. I did not notice any side effects from switching the strengths which I was happy about. I have been doing this for five nights per week. The only regret I have is I did not start this regiment sooner.
My insurance will not cover Retin-A but you can get a fabulous price when you use a coupon from GoodRx.
Check that out and this will be no cost to you. My family and I use GoodRx for several of our medications as it is sometimes cheaper than our insurance.
Recently I have added the derma stamp and derma roller to my regiment once per week. My favorite go-to on youtube is “Beauty By Ann-Marie”
Here is one of her videos. I recommend all of her videos.
Sharing my post where I interviewed her via my email. I love her and cannot say enough about her honesty and selflessness.