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How To Have Healthier Skin With Retin-A

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Retin-A or Tretinoin is a prescription strength cream approved for fighting acne. It’s derived from vitamin A and is described as a topical retinoid. I couldn’t tell you what a retinoid is but I can tell you it works and that I wished I’d used it in high school instead of the gut-flora-destroying Accutane my dermatologist gave me back then.

Retin-A is hands down the most effective thing I’ve used for my skin. With that said, it’s prescription strength because it’s powerful and some people don’t adapt well to it. I have sensitive skin and was expecting a bad adjustment phase, but other than a bit of redness and some dry skin around my nose, it was smooth sailing. It took me about three weeks to fully adjust.

I didn’t have bad skin before I started Retin-A but I’d always had stubborn blackheads around my nose that I wanted to get rid of, and since hitting my mid-30’s this year, I’m interested in anything that’s going to keep me looking fly till I die.

I’ve been using Retin-A for the past year and the positive results I noticed after the first month have continued and the side effects I got in the adjustment phase haven’t returned. Overall I think Retin-A is an excellent drug, here’s everything you need to know:



  • Retin-A is legal to use with your doctor’s prescription



  • 1 dime sized dab applied to your face (this stuff is powerful so less is more)


  • Menarini Tretinoin Gel USP A-Ret 0.1% 20gm
  • Sometimes you don’t get the exact brand you ordered, depending on what they have in stock. Either way you get one of the generic Indian made brands.
  • Bottle lasts about 3 months
  • If you’re worried about the adjustment phase, start with a half dose or use a less concentrated version, you can also buy Retin-A in 0.05% and 0.025%




  • $6.50/tube
  • $2.17/month


  • You’ll feel the effects of the drug within the first couple of days, but it will take about a month of daily use to get all the benefits

Half Life

  • After about 7 days without taking Retin-A you’ll notice your skin revert back to its natural condition

Positive Effects

  • Got rid of small bumps on my face
  • Reduced the blackheads on my nose by 80%
  • Smoothed the dry skin around my temples
  • Made my face feel noticeably softer
  • Smoothed out small wrinkles I’m starting to get on my brow
  • Gave me noticeably healthier, smoother, younger looking skin (I should do an informercial for this stuff)

Side Effects

  • Redness and dryness of skin for the first 3 weeks, none after that
  • Some people on forums have stronger negative reactions, if that happens to you I recommend using a half dose for the next week and seeing if that helps improve things
  • Or you can start with a less concentrated version then I use and work your way up to a stronger dose
  • If your side effects last past a month, Retin-A might not be for you


  • 10/10


  • Retin-A is cheap, ultra- effective and in my experience has no long-term side effects
  • Retin-A is the most effective drug I’ve used for my skin
  • I would 100% recommend Retin-A to any guy looking to have healthier skin

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  1. June 17, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I just did a post on sedfast on this lol! yea that is the shit! I have been taking it for a month so far, amazing results… I would advise to start with neutrogina night cream first https://www.amazon.com/Neutrogena-Healthy-Anti-Wrinkle-Night-Cream/dp/B00005K9CK/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1466186317&sr=8-1&keywords=neutrogena+night+cream

    While you wait for this to get in the mail, then go to .5 and then to 1% for those with sensitive skin….

    Rev. you should also try vitamin c serum as well: https://www.amazon.com/BEST-VITAMIN-Serum-Face-Professional/dp/B00VNXQE94/ref=sr_1_4_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1466186392&sr=1-4&keywords=vitamin+c+serum

  2. June 18, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Hey brother, I’ll check out both of those links. I’m a big fan of vitamin C for immune health and getting rid of colds, it’s the strongest anti oxidant in the world so I woudn’t be surprised if it works well topically, also high quality collagen and hyaluronic acid topically are probably a good bet although I haven’t tested them. Natural sunscreen is also important to prevent wrinkles if you live in the sun.

  3. June 20, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Will the first link is just while you wait for the prescription in the mail, and if you are sensitive to ease into it (by the way, NO AFFILIATE LINKS)….

    Will, let me know if you have found and eye cream that works for you… The eye area super important… so far i have been taking vitamin k, and also a k cream… If you have any eye cream suggestion let me know…

  4. June 20, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks for the info. I haven’t found an eye cream yet because my eyes are ok at this point but I’ll keep your suggestions in mind for the future.

  5. Jack Gignac
    August 29, 2016 at 3:59 am

    a good source on conflicting evidence for sun-screen check it out. some of the best health advice i got from this guy


  6. August 30, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Will do man

  7. Giselle
    September 1, 2016 at 5:07 am

    Hi how are you I have a question I just bought the exact same Retin A you show in your video because even with health insurance mine cost me 70 dollars. Is the Retin A gel that you bought like green hue in color? Mine feels mildly oily and I want to make sure that’s normal. I just got off of Accutane as well so I’m scared with it being kind of oily it will be pore clogging.

  8. September 2, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Giselle, mine is a yellow hue in color and feels oily as well. With that said, sometimes they ship a different generic brand, I’ve got three types and they’ve all been good to go and not pore clogging.

  9. Vegas
    October 20, 2016 at 2:15 am

    There are different colors of this retin. what are the difference?

  10. October 20, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    I don’t think there’s a difference, just different brands and different strengths

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