Does Retin-A really work for acne scars?

Tags:man age 25-34 acne scarring

I am willing to guess that I would need a more substantial procedure to get rid of my acne scars, however I am willing to give Retin-A a shot if there is a chance it could fade my scars a bit. Has anyone had luck using Retin-A?


M, 34, Vermont

Whenever I break out, it always leaves a mark, even when I leave it alone. A few months ago, I had a bout of acne on my whole chest, chin, side of the mouth, and forehead. I wanted to cry. I was lucky to find a group of home remedies against acne on the internet. I used some of the home remedies that helped, but the stubborn scars remained. My doctor recommended Retin-A, and it worked. But it didn't completely fade my scars and it took a long time to take effect. I came upon All Purpose Hydroquinone Cream. I used it for one week once a day, no diluting with the other (base) cream it came with and my acne scars are almost gone. Scabs seem to heal quicker and fall off with pink skin underneath, instead of the ugly dark brown scars. Retin-A really works, but not as fast as APH. It also only works for select people. If you are one of the people who does not get affected by Retin-A, you can check out APH.

I have acne-prone skin, and my doctor prescribed Retin-A for my skin to treat the acne and to lighten the scars. I was skeptical what topical retinoids could do for my skin but I'm very happy with the results. I, initially, applied small amounts over my entire face three times a week and now use it daily. Initially, my skin peeled a bit and was dry until it started to refresh itself. My scarring is significantly fading and the acne is clearing. I'm thrilled with the results. The difference is like night and day. I'm happy with the results because the Retin-A encourages the production of new collagen and healthy skin cells, which is giving my skin a continuous fresh start. Maybe you can get the results you want with Retin-A rather than a chemical peel or another treatment. I recommend trying Retin-A. 

For years, I had an acne problem. While the acne cleared up, it did leave some scarring. My doctor suggested using Retin-A (Tretinoin). I have a few spots on my face with heavy scarring, but most of the scars on my face aren't as severe. Retin-A did help me with my scarring. However, it took about two months to do so.

I wouldn't call Retin-A cream a miracle drug. I do see a noticeable difference, but the scarring is still there. The light scars are hardly noticeable, but the deeper scars are present, just a little lighter. I'm going to continue to use the medication to see if I see any type of improvement. Again, this is not a miracle drug, but there will be some improvement after prolonged use.

My acne scars were pretty substantial so I looked around for everything that I could, hoping something would at least minimize them. I had read that ointments that increase cell turnover and push off old dead skin cells would help improve some of my acne scarring. I researched Retin-A online and tried to see if there was any proof that it helps. There are quite a few testimonials from people who take Retin-A to diminish acne scars and many say that it helps but is not a magic cure. The consensus that I found seems to say that it can't hurt and it may help. It also seemed to work better with hyperpigmentation problems that depressed acne scars. Of course, the only way to know for sure is to try it yourself. In my experience, it has slightly lessened the appearance of my acne scars, but they definitely have not disappeared. My ice pick scars are still pretty bad.

Retin-A treatments really did some wonders for the light acne scarring on my face. It also improved my skin texture and I've made it part of my skin care routine. When I was a teenager and going through puberty, I suffered from some pretty bad blemishes. Luckily, the scars that remained weren't too deep, but I really wanted to clean up my skin so that it was smoother and more evenly toned. That's when my friend recommended applying a 0.05% topical Retin-A every other night to my scars, gradually increasing to nightly applications. I have been doing this for about 4 weeks now, and I am just starting to see results. It is a slow process, and I know that it can take several months to get the results you desire. I'm patient though, as it's a cheaper and an effective alternative to more intense therapies.

As someone who has had more than my fair share of breakouts, I can honestly say that I know how disappointing it can be to be left with scarring. You feel as if that's all anyone notices. I've tried covering the scars with makeup, but I've been told by friends and family that this only makes them appear worse. I have to remember that makeup is made for highlighting, not hiding. When I used Retin-A, I noticed that it did fade my acne scars quite a bit. Retin-A encourages the growth of new skin, so scars do fade over time. While the scars didn't completely disappear, Retin-A did provide a significant improvement. I really feel that it has helped my self-confidence.

To be completely honest, I was expecting miracles at first. Once I became more realistic with my expectations, I was pleased with the results. In answer to the question, yes, Retin A does work for acne scars. It will not make them disappear completely, but it will fade them significantly. My scars used to be absolutely horrendous. After using Retin A for about two months, I have to say that they look much better. I definitely think it is worth it for anyone with acne scars to give Retin A a shot.