Tretinoin aka Retin-A aka Renova

I’ve decided to give tretinoin a try. Every article I’ve read about the various non-drastic things you can do to look better (younger) say that all the various claims are bullshit except this, and topical vitamin c (and I’m starting to hear more about peptides).

It can take anywhere from two months to six months to a year before you see a difference so I guess don’t expect to hear about results any time soon! My doctor has started me out on the lowest dose—.25%—and we’re going to try that for two months. I’m just getting generic tretinoin and the tube I got cost $26.99. I’d be curious to hear what other people are spending. That doesn’t seem too bad to me.

I’ll report back first in October.

Tomorrow I’m going to call the Wild Bird Fund to see how my bird is doing. I put him here on top of a floor lamp while the landlord guys were fixing the door to the bedroom. If they ask me to take him back while he heals at least I’ll be able to close the door to the cats.

Rescued Pigeon

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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6 thoughts on “Tretinoin aka Retin-A aka Renova

  1. I have a prescription for Retin-A Micro .04% (my issue is mostly oil and blackheads). Even though I followed directions and started out slowly by applying only every second or third night to allow my skin time to adjust, I just don’t tolerate it well. I have tried a few different times, and after a few weeks I always end up going off because of peeling and patchy irritation. Every one is different so hopefully you will have more success. It doesn’t make sense to have to wait more than a month or two to see results though. Don’t skin cells turn over every month or so?
    Do you ever read Paula Begoun’s site? I think she has some good info on retinoids..

  2. Did your skin get irritated right away? Because I’ve applied this cream twice now and so far so good. No irritation.

  3. It took 4 or 5 applications, and the irritation wasn’t bad, I just wasn’t willing to trade blackheads for scaly patches. I have been feeling badly for writing my first comment… It may work beautifully for you! So many women use it, I know it has a good track record.

  4. Love, love, love Paula’s Choice products. I started using her stuff last year and my skin looks terrific. And you don’t have to worry about getting a prescription.

    I have the world’s oilest skin (yep, even at 55) with all the problems that Nadine has. I use Paula’s Hydralight cleanser and toner, 8% AHA and 2% BHA along with the Resist Barrier moisturizer. Order it online and it is at my doorstep within one day and it comes all the way from Washington State.

    (And this wasn’t a paid product endorsement. I’m just crazy about the fact for the first time ever, I’ve found something that really and truly works).

  5. I read what she had to say and I’m going to buy some sort of AHA/BHA product. I thought I’d just see what I could pick up at the drugstore or Sephora.

    Nadine, don’t worry! I was going to see what happens with me, but I’ve read a number of people say what you said. I’ll see which category I fall in.

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