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How to Use Retin-A for Wrinkles

Evie Sparkes is a published YA novelist with a passion for all things fashion, hair and beauty.


How Does Retin-A Reduce Wrinkles?

  • Encourages collagen production
  • Firms skin
  • Skin peels to leave new skin
  • Has more of an effect over time

What is Retin-A

It's another term for vitamin A. Retin-A is also known as tretinoin. It is prescription medication in the UK and the USA although it is available to buy direct from the pharmacy in Mexico, India etc.... It belongs to a group of medications called topical retinoids.

Retin-A is often used and prescribed for the treatment of acne. It works to turn over skin cells at a much faster rate. When used over a long period of time it can eradicate acne and spots altogether.

It should not be confused with Retinol which is not prescription based medication. It is way stronger and should always be used with caution.

How to Use Retin-A For the Most Beneficial Results

You should always start cautiously. Tretinoin is very strong skin care medication and can cause intense itching, stinging, redness, irritation, peeling and dry skin.

The first few weeks are the hardest to get through and these times are commonly referred to as 'The Retin-a Uglies'

Will You Feel Like Giving Up on Tretinoin at First?

Probably yes! I found the first few months challenging. I almost gave up on a couple of occasions but I am not prone to giving in to anything unless I have truly tried every option when it comes to overcoming an issue.

Good Reason Not to Give Up


It's a Long Term Thing

It really is a long term investment. It's not very expensive to buy. I pay £11 for mine from Ebay.

What you are looking at here is at least 6 months to see any significant changes to your fine lines and wrinkles.

If you can get through the uglies then you really will be glad you persevered.

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How to Keep Your Skin Hydrated Whilst Using Retin-A

  • Drink at least five glasses of water per day
  • Use an oil before application such as a Squalene
  • Apply your Retin-a mixed with a hydrating moisturiser for the first few months
  • Apply a thick moisturiser such as Nivea once you have applied the rest of your night time skin care products
  • Start by using retin-a only 3 times per week

How Does water Help?

Water is wonderful for our skin. It keeps it plump and hydrated and stops it from looking dull and dry. When you are using tretinoin, you will need to keep your skin in the best possible condition and water is the best way to do this.

You don't have to spend a ton of money on expensive moisturisers. Keep you skin care routine to a minimum and use good quality inexpensive products that you can feel working.

Don't go on the hunt for as many products to help with dry skin as you can find because you only need a couple of skin care items in your arsenal to combat dry peeling skin.

I have found that using an oil before applying my Retin-A has worked wonders in reducing dryness. I have all but stopped peeling now. I occasionally peel a little but this is generally on days where I have micro-needled the night before.

How to Treat Peeling Skin

Simply apply an oil and rub your face gently with a dry towel or flannel. The skin will begin to come away.

Next wash you face in warm water and exfoliate with a sugar and olive oil scrub.

Apply your daily skin care as usual.


Can I Use Retin-A Under My Eyes?

I use it up to my lashes but not into them and over my brow bone and slightly beneath them too.

You should also exfoliate under your eyes gently. Use something not drying such as the brown sugar and olive oil mix I mentioned before.

Rub lightly in a circular motion and wash away with warm water.

Won't it Dry the Delicate Skin Right Out?

I haven't found that to be the case at all. Providing you exfoliate gently the following morning and add plenty of moisturiser as well as an oil at night then you should be okay.

If you have very sensitive skin however, then going right up to the eye may not be advisable.

I am not a dermatologist or an expert and am purely giving you my insight after using this product for a long period of time.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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