Retin-A: Commonly referred to as the ‘Fountain of Youth’ in a bottle

Ok we all want as many non-invasive, anti-ageing, ‘mini-miracles in a bottle’ that we can get. Do they really exist though?  Well there are few ‘gold standard’ products that most experts agree give measurable results and Retin-A is one of them. 


TRETINOIN is a PRESCRIPTION ONLY form of pure Retinoic Acid also commonly known as Retin-A or Vitamin A. It provides quicker skin improvement than Retinol but it is more likely to cause skin irritation like redness, itching and peeling. 

RETINOL on the other hand is a weaker version of Tretinoin and better tolerated but the results are not as quick.
Because the use of Vitamin A on the skin is regarded as on of the best anti-ageing ingredients in dermatology I’ve been using Retinol since my late forties and ‘upgraded’ to Tretinoin earlier this year. Personally I have no problem using Tretinoin each night but let’s take a closer look…….


  • Speeds up cell turnover
  • Assists with the fading of pigmentation
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores
  • Assists with rebuilding collagen and elastin
  • Re-texturizes the skin’s surface
  • Reduces the appearance of mild to moderate acne
  • Use at night on clean, dry skin. This is important as many chemicals interfere with the effectiveness.
  • Allow for it to fully absorb before applying any other products.
  • Start with a low dose to build tolerance. This many include using it on alternative nights as you build tolerance. Tolerance will create better results.
  • Less is more.
  • Continued use is the key for best results.
  • You may experience some skin irritation like redness, itching or peeling when starting to use a Vitamin A product.
  • IMPORTANT: Get good advice from your doctor, dermatologist or skincare professional before using this or any Vitamin A product.
  • Improvements take time. Tretinoin users have reported that brown spots normally take about 6-8 weeks to fade and fine wrinkles start to diminish after 3-6 months of use. This may vary with each person.
  • Even though I have not experienced any significant skin irritation if my skin feels dry I reduce the use to alternate nights for a week.
  • Has it changed or improved my skin? At 50+ I am lucky enough to already have good skin despite being brought up in New Zealand where the sun is scorching. What I have used for a fair portion of my life is sunscreen and I suspect that beyond anything else this has contributed towards my skin quality which is why it remains my Number 1 anti-ageing tip.

See your Doctor or Dermatologist


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