Are you using the retin-a .025% every day? If not, you might want to try increasing your applications first. I believe that if you are able to tolerate it every night without any flaking you are ready. Especially after 1 year. I just started using retin-a micro .05% every 3rd day and love it. Before that, I built up my tolerance to using green cream (.06% retinol).
Did the retin-a get rid of your old acne marks if you had any? I'm not breaking out anymore, but I still have these stubborn marks!
I put the 0.025% cream on every night. My skin isn't flaky (it's a little dry, but it's always been that way). The retin-a has definitely made my skin look a lot healthier-- faded some old marks, and I swear it's diminishing my wrinkles (I'm 25). my face isn't red, but it's a little pink (but again, I think this is just my natural skin tone).
If i were to bump up to the 0.05%, do you think I'd have an initial breakout? Maybe I could gradually switch to the stronger cream (like alternate 1 night 0.025%, the next 0.05%)?
Thanks for the reply. Any other thoughts???