Retin-A Micro contains tretinoin as the active ingredient, although it is en-capsulated in “micro-sponges” for controlled release into skin. It is believed that this delivery system reduces tretinoin’s potential to irritate skin. Retin-A Micro is available in two strengths: 0.1% and 0.04%. Price varies by size of the tube and strength, as well as what your health insurance prescription plan may cover. Retin-A Micro comes in an easy-to-use pump bottle designed to keep the active ingredient stable during use. For more information about the active ingredient in Retin-A Micro, please click on Retinoids from the Master Brand List.
Active Ingredient: Tretinoin (either 0.1% or 0.04% depending on the version your doctor prescribes) Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Carbomer 974P (0.04% formulation), Carbomer 934P (0.1% formulation), Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Sorbic Acid, PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether Distearate, Cyclomethicone and Dimethicone Copolyol, Benzyl Alcohol, Trolamine, and Butylated Hydroxytoluene.
Strengths: The active ingredient in most retinoids is tretinoin, which has mounds of research establishing its multiple anti-aging benefits for skin (particularly sun-damaged skin). Tazorac contains the active ingredient tazarotene, a retinoid that works similarly to tretinoin.
Weaknesses: Some people cannot tolerate tretinoin therapy; all of these products require a prescription; textures of each are not nearly as elegant as using a well-formulated moisturizer.
Rather than review these products and assign the usual face ratings, we present a list of the various options, along with prices based on figures from www.drugstore.com. Note that your actual price for these prescription products will vary based on your health insurance coverage, if any, and whether or not your physician believes that a generic form of tretinoin is an equally effective (and hence less costly) option.
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Although this product is expensive and takes a while for it to work (7 weeks from initial application), I found Retin-A Micro to be the only thing to really get rid of my horrible outbreaks. I stopped using it after about a year, and with a good beautypedia-approved skincare regimen, I not only get a few pimples now and then. It takes a few days of flaking and sensitive skin, but hang in there. It will go away and you will have amazing skin to show off.
Apparently there weren't enough of those "microsponges" that supposedly help prevent irritation. My skin was burning, my eyelids were stinging (even though I didn't apply it near my eyes) . I also developed lovely new wrinkles under my eyes...not to mention heavier sagging on my lids. My skin was flaking off and I also got 2 pimples.
I hope that this BEST product has something magic in it that undo all the damage it's done.
I must send a thank you card to my dermatologist now.
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