TRETINOIN - Why I No Longer Use Retin-A | Anti-Aging Skincare

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Sharing with you my tretinoin journey and why I no longer use Retin-A in my anti-aging skincare routine. Lets take a look at some anti-ageing skincare routine options

Hey guys and welcome back to Mad About Skin. Today I am sharing with you my tretinoin journey and why I no longer use Retinol-A in my skincare routine and some of the Retinol-a alternatives you may want to consider.

Disclaimer: Tretinoin is one of the best studied and widely understood ingredients in skincare and I would encourage everyone to seek professional support and advice before including it in their skincare routine. Skin care is a journey and I wanted to convey this in this video, tretinoin can be a key part of that journey but it is not for everyone and it is important people do what is right for their own skin type, budget and of course skincare goals.

I have used Retin-A (also known as tretinoin) a number of times over the years but it has never been the skincare holy grail it was promised to be. Having evaluated this I believe it is not always the optimal product for everyone and matching your skincare to your skin type is crucial. It is also important to start and vitamin A derivative gently and so a lower strength retinol may be the proffered option in the early stages of a skincare routine.

I would love to know your own experiences with tret or Retin-A so please leave them in the comments below.

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00:00 Start
00:10 what is tretinoin
01:35 why I no longer use tretinoin
03:30 alternatives to tretinoin
07:00 Summary

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💬 Comments

Hey guys and welcome to today's video.. I always get asked why i don't use Tret in my own skincare routine.. I believe passionatly in using what works for your skin so please share your own thoughts on tret below.. Sending you lots of love xxxx

Author — Mad About Skin


Thanks for sharing your Tretinoin experience. I just turned 50 and have been using Tretinoin since I was 31 and it is the single most important ingredient in my anti-aging routine! My take on Tretinoin is one of optimum anti aging starting when I was younger and vigilant maintenance at all times! I still see benefits and truly it has been AMAZING! Hello from Canada🙋🏻‍♀️ Love your channel!

Author — Better Beauti


I've tried tretinoin 3 different times in my life, doing the whole start slow thing, etc. It was so damaging to my skin, very painful, lacerations and open skin just couldn't handle it. I used adapalene instead, on and off, to manage cystic acne on the chin, and it's worked pretty well. Last month I upped my game and slowly transitioned to retinaldehyde. So far so good using it 3 nights a week. Even though tretinoin would give better anti-aging results, I'm not going to try it again. I accept skin aging, at 51 of course those fine lines and wrinkles will be there. My goal is for my skin, and body too, to be in the best shape it can be in, at this time of my life, with the resources I have. It's been a good life overall so far, and it wouldn't make sense for me to agonize over some lines and wrinkles that weren't there before. Most of them are probably from laughing anyway! I do the best I can each day, and leave the rest up to the universe.

Author — Audrey Howler


I’ve been using tret for 30 years and I don’t look a day over 60! 😂😂

Author — Celia Reed


As someone who has used retinoids for 13 years straight, and probably about 8 years of that was Tretinoin only I can say that Adapalene for me works the best and has given me the best looking skin and best results. Way better then Tretinoin for me personally. Retinoids are like sunscreens, there isn't a "best" one or "the end all be all." You have to find the one that works best for you.

Author — Michael S.


Hey Rob, as a person who remembers when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I started my Tretinoin journey less than a year ago. I have followed the 'schedule' of working up from once a week to now every other day. The only reason I do not use it every night is because I use other serums which are not compatible with Tretinoin. When I see my derm for an Rx renewal, I will ask for a higher strength. Of course I want the miracle face of a 20 year old, is that so unrealistic? ; ) I have noticed my skin is much more supple, the lip lines are reduced and the 'elevens' are not as prominent. I only wish my journey was started a number of years ago. Love, love, love, you and your channel. Wishing you a week filled with love and happiness. ` Paula

Author — Paula B


This is my 2nd week of using 0.01% tret after using 0.1% adapalene for the last 4 months. I made the switch in order to get the prescription retinoids properly in Canada (as I was ordering adapalene from the USA). Although I am not really getting the retinoids uglies, I do find tret stronger, and I am getting a bit of irritation around my nose. Anyway, my skincare journey is a bit more of a sprint right now given I am just a little bit older (🤣) and I’m hoping that the great results I was getting from adapalene continue with the low strength tret!

Hope you are having a great and relaxing public holiday today! Lots of love! xxxx

Author — Tom Thibideau


From what I could manage to gather, with retinols it's all about consistency and not strength/concentration. I use 1% retinol and I see results. You're right, why push it if it works?

Author — Roxana Chisalita


Thanks for making this video, Rob! Btw, I still can’t believe you’re in your mid-30s, you look so much younger than that! 😄

I keep seeing videos made by dermatologists saying that ideally we should be using tretinoin and I get bummed out because I can’t get tretinoin where I live and I’ve been tempted to order it online and have it shipped from abroad. Then again, I’m using the Geek and Gorgeous 0.1% Retinal Serum twice a week and my skin still hasn’t gotten used to that (I had to cut down from three times a week to two because my skin got irritated). Some weeks I even have to go back to using just the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (which my skin loves!). I’m saving this video so I can come back to it whenever I start feeling like “more must be more, I need to have the strongest vitamin A derivative in the market” even though that’s not what my skin needs nor can handle right now. 😅

Author — Elle


I've been using Tretinoin for a year now and my skin is completely different, no more acne, no sun spots, creases in my forehead anymore, and it feels healthy definitely. Differin gave a terrible reaction so Tretinoin 0.05% is my new best friend and moisturizers with sunscreen and niacinamide are a revelation.

Author — Mijail Dimopoulos


My journey with Tretinoin started since May last year. At that time I had had few actives in my routines to take care of my oily acne prone skin (Niacinamide, BHA, Benzoyl peroxide). It was better than before but the acne problem still quite bothered me. Beside of that, I had quite a lot of sun damage since I used to tan in my 20s (PIH, dark spots, really rough texture). Then I coincidentally read about Retinoids and decide to give it a try. Just side note, here in Bangkok, Tretinoin is really cheap compare to Adapalene and even cheaper than The Ordinary Retinoids. Also there is no prescription required to buy it (it might be a bless to someone, but could be a curse for others 😅) So my cheap ass decided to try Tretinoin. Fortunately, my skin is quite well tolerant with Tretinoin. I went straight to 0.025% (0.05% now) with some dryness only. Until now, I think it is my best decision to use Tretinoin because it just help to reverse most of the mistakes I did to my skin in my 20s. 😊😊😊

Author — Tuan Minh Nguyen


I’ve been using the highest prescription strength Tent since I was 14. I’m 31 now and I swear by it. I don’t have a single line on my face and people are always shocked when they find out my age. I really think it’s the Tent. I think a lot of people don’t give it a chance and you really have to learn what products work best with it with your skin.

Author — asimonec


I started using tretinion in April last year and I see wonderful results - smoother, thicker-feeling skin, my melasma disappearing! I will never stop. I get it through Dermatica service here in the UK🙌. Of course I also use spf50+ sunscreen every single day😊

Author — I like cheese


Hi Rob I was on tretinoin for a couple of years (after building tolerance to retinoids for a year before I started it). It did really work for the density of my skin and helping with texture. I would have stayed on it forever tbh, but I have rosacea and started going through a bad patch of almost constant flares. I couldn't use the tretinoin during those flares and my usage became very sporadic - not what we want, nor is it an ideal usage. Stepping down to retinaldehyde has been less irritating during this period and has maintained most of the results. I do plan to work up to going back onto tretinoin once my skin has been calmer for a few months. I'm not worried by a few wrinkles (I'm 49) as they're a sign of life lived, but the texture and density was more of an issue. My face had kind of changed shape and tretinoin gave me back the roundness in my cheeks lol. It also thickened up skin that had become thin during the menopause. I LOVED the results, but not the extra dryness and irritation I was still coping with at times due to the rosacea. Retinaldehyde has less side effects of irritation and severe dryness - making it more suitable for my skin RIGHT NOW, but I do want to go back to tretinoin when my skin has been on more of a plateau re flares. Having the knowledge of other options isn't a bad thing - as at times these can work really well for an individual's skin need. Tretinoin is worth the period of acclimation it takes though and for me will be something I go back to when I believe my skin will tolerate it. best wishes.

Author — Loraine Mcgillivray


I would love to try Tretinoin as an anti aging.helper. However since I’m relatively new (about a year) into serious skincare I’m trying to work my way up to it. I have dry skin and I’ve been working my way through the Retinol ranks with your help and advice Rob. So far I haven’t experienced any irritation, dryness or peeling. Slow and steady wins the race lol 😆

Author — Theresa Adams


This topic is so interesting, because if I were to keep only the bare minimum in my skincare routine, I would keep cleansers, sunscreen and a retinoid. Totally agree with the video, I think the best retinoid is the strongest that one can use every night without any irritation. Skincare is a lot like working out in the gym, it is a marathon, not a sprint.

Author — Steph M


Started retinols a yr ago..tried few mostly recommended by you Rob🥰 and now I'm stepping . You again made me buy CGlow and 101 Retinal A 10 from Geek and gorgeous. It's on the way, I'm so excited!!! Thank you for all💕

Author — Carolyn Lamanilao


Hi Rob! You’ve answered all my questions I asked & some! Thanks so much for a brilliant insight as to why you don’t use Tretinoin. Lots of ❤️❤️❤️ xx

Author — Helen Robinson


Ohhh!! I didn't know you didn't use retin-a!!!
as per usual, love your personal perspective! I get it too, it's so true!
I'm using 1day retin-a 0, 05 and one day aGame 10 which I love!
I love the effects on the other side, it has helped a lot with the texture of my skin and since I can't get retin-a here without a prescription I think I will stick to the A-game!
Send you lots of love!! Have a great week, my dear!!!😘😘😘😘

Author — dm13


Great video Rob! The alternatives are sometimes as effective but more gentle! I used Adapalene for years and loved it

Author — Zac Malone