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Unregistered 04-10-2001 10:19 PM

Can your skin get too 'thin' with Retin A?
Ive been using retin A and Vaseline on my acne red marks, and ive noticed that i can almost see a "line" in my skin from where i put the Retin A and where i dont, and where I put the Retin A it looks, really pink and blotchy even in areas it wasnt before, it doesnt feel burned or dry or anything either. What do you guys think?

Unregistered 04-10-2001 11:23 PM

Re: Can your skin get too 'thin' with Retin A?
Also, I went swimming today, after i was done, the places where I put retin A literally i could peal the skin right off. Thats why i was wondering if my skin could get too thin,it appeared pink underneath when the skin pealed off.

missile 04-11-2001 12:05 PM

Re: Can your skin get too 'thin' with Retin A?
Yes, retin a will very much thin your skin.
I've used it on and off for 15 years and it is really irritating and drying, which makes you more prone to problems. I always had blackheads and whiteheads while using it. If your skin is clearing and you want to keep using it make sure to use a really mild, non-alkalyne cleanser, (which I have yet to find) that doesn't have comedogenic ingredients in it, and also use a sunblock with titanium dioxide if the chemical in the sunscreens are too irritating. I will let you know about the cleanser soon.

babyjac 04-11-2001 12:32 PM

Re: Can your skin get too 'thin' with Retin A?
I thought retin a should be applied all over the face? ML I hope you are not getting discolouration...

missile, do you avoid around lip and eye area? And also, I thought retin a helps cure white/black head?

Unregistered 04-11-2001 02:48 PM

Re: Can your skin get too 'thin' with Retin A?
Well, I talked to my derm about the Retin A, she said just apply it to affected areas, only one side of my face has the red dots from the acne, the other side looks fine, she said just apply to the affected areas of the skin. but the one side of my face looks pink, while the other side looks normal, it looks so funny!

missile 04-11-2001 09:17 PM

Re: Can your skin get too 'thin' with Retin A?
I don't use retin anymore, thins my skin too much, makes it too fragile and more prone to overall poor skin condition. It is no cure.
Definitely don't apply near eye area or mouth area or corners of nose. I couldn't use it while I was pregnant, so I didn't want to deal with the initial exacerbation every time I started. Differen is better for me, as long as I use an extremely gentle cleanser and I don't go overboard alternating with bp. Take care.

Dangermouse 04-12-2001 03:02 AM

Re: Can your skin get too 'thin' with Retin A?
Here's some information on Retin-A.

Clinical Particulars:
[...] Initial application may cause transitory stinging and a feeling of warmth. The correct frequency of administration should produce a slight erythema similar to that of mild sunburn.

I know thats what mine looks like, at the mo I've got a bit of redness from the Retin-A which is like that. Should fade over a few days I guess. The source for my info was the ABPI Compendium of Data Sheets, this big chunky book that Doctors and Pharamacists use.

karen14 04-12-2001 10:30 AM

Re: Can your skin get too 'thin' with Retin A?
retin A is, so far, the only med that has helped with my acne/scarring.

for me--i put up with the dryness and flaking--right now the edge of my lip is cracked...and it hurts.

but the renewal process--for me-- is quite miraculous.

i look about 80% better than i did 2 weeks ago after a hideous break-out.

yeah, it burns--it's working really hard for you.

i'm not saying that retin A is great for everyone--but for me --the drawbacks are well worth the results.

i would consult your derm. further.


Dangermouse 04-12-2001 10:35 AM

Re: Can your skin get too 'thin' with Retin A?
In my experience, Retin-A is pretty good at diminishing the size of current pimples, but I'll be damned if it does anything to prevent formation of new ones... mind you, I only used the 0.01% gel, so maybe the stronger versions are more effective at prevention.

babyjac 04-12-2001 01:31 PM

Re: Can your skin get too 'thin' with Retin A?
Anyone used rein a long enough to tell me if the peeling would stop? and how long?


Unregistered 04-12-2001 02:01 PM

Re: Can your skin get too 'thin' with Retin A?
I would like to know that too jac, i had to stop retin A because I could literally just pull the skin right off my face, in my opinion it was peeling way too much, at night i could peel a layer or so off, in the morning i could again etc etc, so i have stopped using it. The areas are pink, and are still peeling alot (stopped using Retin A for only 1 day so far) but hopefully the peelign will stop, i dont want to thin my skin out this much.

sternrad941 04-12-2001 02:01 PM

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yo yo yo

ive been using it for about 2 years almost. its good stuff in my opinion. at first i experienced the worst dry skin of my life, but it was well worth it because after the dry irritated skin went back to normal i looked at least 50% better. the retin-a literally destroyed half of the pimples on my face. when my skin was healing it became all flaky and each day i would peel more and more dead skin off my face, revealing fresh skin underneath. it was like a new face. now every once in a while i may have a mild episode where my skin is peeling, but thats exactly what the retin-a is supposed to do----EXFOLIATE. and yes, this does lead to less breakouts if you keep on top of it. i was using it everyday but i think im gonna use it less now (maybe every other day) because its getting closer to summertime and i dont wanna burn so easily. as far as the usage of retin-a i have always put it on my entire face cept around my nose and eyes. alright, take it easy.

-sternrad-<p>[This message has been edited by sternrad941 (edited 04-12-2001).]

babyjac 04-12-2001 02:21 PM

Re: Can your skin get too 'thin' with Retin A?

How much strength retin a you use? Which moisterizer you use with it and can I put it on my nose? cause I know retin a can help reduce black head and I have tons of them.

ML, are you using anything with retin a? May be you are using too many things at a time! But hang in there, I'm sure something else will help your skin <IMG SRC="">

Unregistered 04-12-2001 02:25 PM

Re: Can your skin get too 'thin' with Retin A?
Im not using anything else, except a moisturizer. My doctor said initial peeling is normal in the first 1-4 weeks, however, iev been using it for 2 months, and its still doing this <IMG SRC=""> im using the lowest concentration 0.01% too <IMG SRC=""> guess my skin is too sensitive for that. The areas that im using you can see a line, from the thin skin to the normal skin, and its all reddy in color. Im using aloe on my skin now, to repair it, i think my face looks bad from the redness, and when the aloe works in a fewa days, hopefully it will look more normal again.

DameC 04-12-2001 06:38 PM

Re: Can your skin get too 'thin' with Retin A?
if your skin is really that sensitive try putting it on every other day or even every day. and keep using the aloe, thats is one of the best things i have ever done for my skin!

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