Retin-A Micro Gel 0.1% Review and Tips August 13 2016, 0 Comments

By Caleb


For me, it wasn’t the acne pimples that was the worst part of my ongoing acne journey, but rather the scars and discoloration that were left behind. When my skin was free from active acne, it felt smooth. But you can easily tell from the discoloration that a lot of pimples were present there; almost like a cemetery of pimples…


Anyway! I couldn’t stand these scars and the discoloration, so I did some research and came across a plethora of reviews about a prescribed medication called Retin-A Micro Gel. The reviews both excited and scared me at the same time. I was excited because I finally thought I had found the solution to getting rid of my acne scars. At the same time, I was scared because almost every reviewer of this medication expressed their experience of what is commonly referred to as the ‘purging’ phase. This phase is when your skin starts to temporarily breakout a lot; but this indicates that the medication is doing its job, which is to remove the old outer skin layer and produce new skin cells. In the desperate situation that I was in, I arranged an appointment with a dermatologist to prescribe the strongest dosage (0.1%) of the medication to me.


In the initial stages of using Retin-A, I started applying it to my face at night once every three days. I read that starting off slowly by applying it infrequently is a way to avoid the purging phase. I noticed that I didn’t get more pimples than I already had, but my skin got flakier and was a lot dryer. I had to combat this by using a lot more moisturizer after I would apply the medication. Retin-A made my face more sensitive and ‘raw’. I wasn’t too happy with what it was doing to my face in the initial phase. But I was persistent.


Having used Retin-A for about a month, I started to apply it to my face every night. At this point, I noticed that my skin got a lot smoother. However, there weren’t any significant diminishment of the acne discoloration on my skin. Bummer. But I still remained persistent. After several months of using this product, I can say that it has done a lot to diminish the discoloration; I was quite satisfied with it! I am still using this product to this day and think that it is effective. I want to share three tips that I’ve learned while using it:


  • After washing your face, wait at least 20 minutes before applying Retin-A to your face because if your face is not completely dry, Retin-A will irritate your skin even more.
  • A little is better than more. Since Retin-A is very potent, you don’t need to use a lot on your face for each application. A pea size is an ideal amount!
  • Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize! Enough said.

Overall, Retin-A Micro is a wonderful prescribed medication ONLY if you are persistent with it. Using it yielded wonderful results and taught me a lot of patience!