An Alternative to Retin-A

January 20, 2015

An alternative to Retin-A

From Dr Hannah Sivak

Vitamin A Cream 30 ml or 120 ml

One of the most surprising aspects of speaking with skin care product users is the prevalence of the use of Retin-A for long term Anti-aging use. A prescription Acne product does not seem like a product that should be commonly used. In fact, our suspicion is that a lot of the problems that we see in customers, like skin dryness, could be caused by the overuse of Retinol products such as Retin-A.

Last month we tried an experiment. We asked users of Retin-A to switch to our Vitamin A cream. Our cream is milder, containing Retinyl Acetate instead of Retinol. The Feedback was fantastic, allowing us to make a blanket recommendation to Retin-A users to switch to a retinyl acetate product such as our Vitamin A Cream or Vitamin A Serum

There are numerous disadvantages to using Retin-A. The need for a prescription and the side effects being the foremost concerns. We asked some Retin-A users to switch to our Vitamin A cream for a few weeks.

 User 1: Used Retin-A during Autumn and Winter

"I absolutely love it. Right off the bat I noticed it was more moisturising than the Yellow A cream. And if it got in my lips it didn't chap them. I noticed my skin looking very clean and my complexion getting consistent. My face is very smooth like I just exfoliated and my makeup goes on really week. ( but most days I don't wear my foundation because my skin looks great.

On my husband I noticed his fine lines and puffiness around his eyes really smoothed out, and he has a really nice clean completion. But he can't use on his throat if he has to shave everyday. Other than that we love the cream. It really goes a long way, I have a good amount left.

Please let me know if u need any other info, and thanks again for sending the sample;)"

User 2: Used Retin-A to prevent wrinkles

"I used it every night for three weeks and sometimes layered with the collagen serum. I already have relatively wrinkle free skin thanks to using your products for almost 8 years. I started using the Retin-A cream to prevent wrinkles and to fix whatever small ones especially in the neck area. I didn't use it consistently and have used it on and off and using at least two jars on two separate occasions.

After these three weeks, I've noticed that the skin is firmer and the pores not as visible as before."

User 3: Had acne as a teen which has caused scarring and discoloration. Forehead lines since early 20s

"I like the cream. I like the ingredients. It absorbs well, isn’t greasy. Lines around my eyes seem to have softened, scarring improving.Discoloration has not changed, but I have tried everything and nothing has made a difference. I will continue to use the cream.I like it better than the Retin-A, less drying and irritating."

Note: We recommended our Scar Vanishing Gel to this customer.

User 4: Looking for an alternative to Retin-A during winter months

"I haven't seen much difference yet but I'm hoping I will over time. I like the feel of it as far as a night cream but that's about it. No change in overall skin appearance, texture, brightening, evening out, minimizing pores, etc which is usually why I use retinol products. This product may be better suited for those with sensitive skin, which I don't have."

Note: We consider this a success, if there is no difference after switching, we have provided a lower cost alternative which produces similar results and is gentler to the skin.

User 5: Used Retin-A for 3 years. Currently 27 years old. Used it mainly for anti-aging purposes, but other reasons include to "just improve the look and feel of my skin".

"I really like the cream! I honestly did not think it would be as effective as it was. After a few days, my skin no longer felt tight - I didn't need a moisturiser afterwards as I did with Retin-A. My skin was always very smooth, rested and refreshed in the morning. I was impressed by its exfoliating abilities. I'd noticed that after a week of use, my skin appeared to be more uniform in colour and appearance. Not sure if it's all in my head or if it's reality, but I had fine lines under my eyes before using the cream and now they're considerably less prominent. As it stands, I will continue to use up the entire jar and use the cream on a nightly basis. I will definitely be purchasing the Vitamin A cream again and will be recommending it to my family as well.
Retin-A caused me to peel occasionally, this didn't. Retin-A also had the tendency to leave my skin quite red at times - but not the Vitamin A cream. One thing that I'm happy about, which Retin-A didn't help with... was the fact that my nose is smooth! It's not bumpy and clogged with dead skin - it was smooth and bump free!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try this cream out!!! :-)"

User 6: Used retinoid for 4 years. A self described "wrinkle phobe"

"While it's difficult, of course to speak, on the anti aging effects as I only used it two weeks and I was already using vitamin A, I can say I loved how gentle and usable it was. I am confident, knowing what I do about vitamin A, that using this will stave off many wrinkles for the future. This cream feels smooth, light, yet moisturizing, similar to the canvas cream. I did not get the aggressive peeling or flaking as I would get with the retinoid. So for the many people who find retinoid too irritating, need to implement this into their regimen. I wish I could afford to put this all over my body! "

On switching: "I think I will be doing a combination. I like using vitamin a everyday but don't like the retinoid everyday. So I think I may use the retinoid just 2x a week. Every now and then I like the peel. And I think I'll be using the cream even more in the summer since I don't want my skin constantly peeling then."

Conclusion: Unless used for acne, we are making a blanket recommendation that all users of retinol products should switch to a retinol ester product such as our Vitamin A Cream. Home users can also make their own cream using retinyl acetate (0.75% is recommended). This is equvalent to a much lower concentration of retinol.

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