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Please Please could you recommend a Retin A cream

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loulu55 Sun 08-Apr-12 19:24:24

At the age of 39 I'm just sorting out a skin routine - I should have started 20 years ago and have a lot of damage to try and undo!

I have just started using a glycolic face peel and have been recommend a moisturiser with SP50. I wonder if anyone could recommend a RetinA cream and advise as to what percentage I should be looking for - Big thanks x

sue52 Sun 08-Apr-12 19:29:55

I think Retin A is only available on prescription. DD uses .25 strength twice a week for occasional skin breakouts and she uses Clinique Cityblock at all times. If you are thinking of buying from the internet, be cautious.

bucketbetty Sun 08-Apr-12 19:34:48

I wouldn't use it. I think it's really thinning on the skin and doesn't actually improve your skin at all. My recommendation would be regular facials, exfoliations (micro dermobrasion is great) and a good moisturiser. I wouldn't go for a SP50 either. Vit D is very good for your skin. Just make sure you use a SP30 minimum. I also use a glyco cleanser a couple of times a week. I think RetinA is way too harsh and left me feeling burnt and dry. I would go for healthy every time. Eating a good diet and plenty of exercise too (says she who's stuffed her face with chocolate all bloody day)

loulu55 Sun 08-Apr-12 20:01:26

Gosh - really useful advice, thanks. I'll skip the RetinA then, I heard that it was some sort of wonder cream and thought as my skin has been so neglected I ought to be using it. I have just bought some factor 50 so I will try it and see how that goes. Big thanks x

fivecandles Sun 08-Apr-12 20:17:27

I think you may be thinking of Retinol which is supposed to be a wonder stuff in certain moisturisers

Whizkidwithacrazystreak Sun 08-Apr-12 21:29:08

Retin A/tretinoin is brilliant but you will need a script. Try visiting a cosmical salon and they can prescribe if required. I use Obagi nuderm and it really is amazing for a good skin blast. I wouldn't rule out retin a if I were you. It works.

loulu55 Sun 08-Apr-12 22:00:12

ooohhhh ...... maybe I was thinking of Retinol ..... now I'm confused?!?!?

ggirltwin2pinot Sun 08-Apr-12 22:30:05

i use retin a cream for anti-ageing

nothing to be wary of , regularly recommended by dermatologists and if used correctly has amazing results

i get mine of the internet and pay about £30

you can of course get some from a private dermatologist as well but will pay a lot more

if you google it there is loads of info on the internet about it

people have been using it for yrs and it's one of the only proven creams to improve skin and lines

i use a 0.05% cream , you need to apply at night about 30 mins after washing face and only use a pea sized amt for the whole face

if you get redness or flaking then only use every other night until your skin gets used to it

and always use a sunscreen during the day

ggirltwin2pinot Sun 08-Apr-12 22:32:35

steroid creams will thin the skin , have never heard of retin a cream doing that

MessyTerrier Sun 08-Apr-12 22:36:43

Retin-A is prescription. Retinol is a (similar, less-potent, popular ingredient in drug-store (chemist) brands. If you get a script from your GP there may be some trial-and-error with the strength that works for you. Get it wrong and you'll have a lot of redness and very irritated skin. Get it right and you'll have a beautiful, glowing complexion. SUNSCREEN IS A MUST! At least SPF 45! There is no way around it. A healthy diet, lots of water and exercise should go without saying.

Good Luck smile.

bucketbetty Mon 09-Apr-12 16:06:36

Op I suggest you do a lot more research before you start using a prescription drug on your precious face. Retina a does thin the skin, you only need to Google the contra indications. It's prescription for a reason. There are less abrasive ways to keeping your skin looking beautiful. I think its worth investing in a professional consultation and thinking long term.

mum47 Mon 09-Apr-12 16:08:22

Do use a cream with Retinol in it. My DH is a scientist and says that it is the only product in any moisturiser which will actually make a difference to your skin. Can you feel me glowing from here smile

Shimbo Mon 09-Apr-12 16:55:14

Avene Ystheal cream sold in Boots has a gentler form of retinol in it and is effective for antiaging. It doesn't irritate like retinol (Retin-A) and the active ingredient is retinaldehyde which I think is the precursor to retinol. Would really recommend it and if you get it, start off slowly, once every couple of nights moving up to every night if you don't get any irritation. You should always wear sunscreen during the day especially if using a retinol type product smile

loulu55 Mon 09-Apr-12 17:57:00

Hey thanks, I'm getting loads of advice here. Would like to try Retinol A as my skin is so sun damaged but would have no idea where to get it on the internet - i've looked and not able to tell which is the real deal. My look into Avene Ystheal.

Mum47 - out of interest what retinol cream are you using?

I've started using a Glycolic peel by Bravura - I'm on my 3rd week and it's made a very slight difference at the moment. I've also ordered a spf 50 moisturiers so I will smothering myself in it form now on!

ggirltwin2pinot Mon 09-Apr-12 19:01:35

lou on this thread someon got it from their GP over the phone!

DaDerDaDer Mon 09-Apr-12 19:30:06

Ive been using this retinol serum, also with the weekly resurfacing AHA 10% treatment.

Also a 30spf sunscreen.

I think my skin tone and eye wrinkles have really improved.

ggirltwin2pinot Mon 09-Apr-12 20:05:18

oooh tht looks good can you use it under eyes and on lids?

loulu55 Mon 09-Apr-12 21:10:08

Dader - thanks for your link.

Ggirl - very very odd site. I might order it some though as it's so much better once someone has verified it. (i'm assuming it didn't make your face fall off - although that could be an improvement for me right now!).

DaDerDaDer Mon 09-Apr-12 21:14:14

Yes recommended for eyes. Don't need a separate eye cream now.

ggirltwin2pinot Mon 09-Apr-12 21:15:44

no it's def improved my skin
although i may now order some of dader's serum

OhBuggerandArse Mon 09-Apr-12 22:58:03

Can anyone recommend a good daily sunscreen to go with a retinol cream? And do you use it as well as moisturiser or do you need an all-in-one?

DaDerDaDer Mon 09-Apr-12 23:04:36

I use this one.

It's a moisturiser, has some anti ageing stuff in apparently and lasts 8hrs.

I think though if you had very dry skin it wouldn't be a sufficient moisturiser on it's own. My skin is oily and it's a good make up base for me.

lo11ipop Wed 22-May-13 14:11:02

Can someone please guide me to the best way to buy Retin A cream on internet

Babs66 Mon 28-Oct-13 11:31:57

I have been looking for retin-a cream for ages and eventually bought it online from The cream turned up in less than a week. I know how frustrating it is not being able to get the cream. I know the thread is old, it it may be useful to others :-)

KitKatRez Tue 01-Apr-14 00:22:32

You can get Retin-A on eBay (, as recommended by two YouTube beauty queens: Tootsie Time ( ItsMyRayeRaye (

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