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Retin-A and wrinkles

June 8, 2008
Hi Dr. Rivkin,

I have tested both, sequentially, 2 weeks each, starting with the lower strength. I can tolerate the 0.04% concentration every night, even in the eye area, with minor redness. I also started to see an improvement in my mild acne. I can tolerate the 0.1% every three nights with some mild to moderate redness, dryness, and discomfort (cannot use it around the eyes, though).

1. What would you recommend: using the 0.04% strength every night or the 0.1% every three nights? Should I keep trying the higher strength hoping for my face to get used to it every night?
2. May any of these two strengths of Retin-A Micro help prevent wrinkles or a different product would be recommended for wrinkles?

hi,
you know, i would use the 0.4% every night.
with retin-a, regular, long term use is the most important thing. you will be much more likely to use the 0.04% than the 1% regularly. i think the lower percentage one will be fine at controlling your acne and preventing wrinkles both. the fact that you can use it under the eyes is a good thing, considering that this is where alot of the first wrinkles form.
i would also make sure that you are using a good moisturizer, a gentle, exfoliative cleanser and a good sunscreen. an antioxidant like prevage or a vit c topical cream (skinceuticals makes a good vit c and e furrulic) would be a good idea as well for preventative purposes.

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