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Using Retinol – Results Update

Greetings everyone, 

I began my journey with retinol in January, 2018 and I have been using it either exclusively or alternating with Tretinion, ever since.  At this point I am able to give you my complete opinion of both.  Since the title of this blog post mentions retinol alone, you can probably guess at some of what I’m about to say.  

Retinol – Good And Bad 

The Good

In a nutshell – it works.  All the hype out there about how retinol is the “gold standard” in skin care is exactly right.  The product is easy to use, and over time any itching, redness and/or peeling reduces down to a minimum.  (You want to see at least some of these things because it means it’s still working for you)  Aside from those side effects, there is nothing but great news about how retinol affects the skin.  

Expect clearer skin in about 30 to 90 days, with the benefits accumulating from there on.  There’s a firmness to the skin as well that’s subtle but definitely there.  Dark spots diminish or vanish altogether.  As if all that weren’t enough, the surface of the skin is so smooth that makeup glides on easily and the color of your foundation might also be much truer than before.  

The Bad

I have not found anything to say about using retinol that is actually a “bad”.  My only caution is that you don’t give in to impulse buying or pressure from sales clerks who want to push you into changing brands.  When you find what works for you, stick with it.  For me it’s ROC.  It’s been around a long time and that stands to reason as far as I’m concerned.  It’s an excellent product line that truly delivers on its promises.  


Tretinoin – Good And Bad 

I wanted to also mention Retin-A, or Tretinoin, as it also gets lots of attention in the media.  I began using it in May 2018, about 5 months after beginning retinol (which helps your skin build up a tolerance), and I did everything possible to make it work for nearly one full year. For me – it just doesn’t do much good.  Read on to learn more.  

I used two different Tretinoin products – .05 cream, and Apostrophe’s Tretinoin Plus that is .05 cream with Niancinamde added to help reduce irritation.  The straight .05 cream seemed okay at first.  But, as soon as I got past using it 2 or 3 times per week, my skin started looking worn-out, even haggard – with no visible benefits.  When I used the Tretinoin Plus it seemed to be the answer at first.  But, once again, as soon as I attempted to make progress and increase usage past twice per week, my skin started to look as though I had the flu – which I did not.  


I love my ROC retinol products.  I love the results.  Somewhere inside of me is a voice that says “But…..Tretinoin is prescription is HAS to work!”  But alas, I’m learning to ignore that voice and keep with what makes my skin look and feel amazing. For me that’s my ROC retinol.  That’s my own personal gold standard.  

NOTE – I buy my own ROC products with my own money and for my own use.  This is not a paid endorsement!



My entire life is about my family and building a beekeeping business with my husband- COASTAL HONEY BEES LLC in Stuart, Fl. I make skin-loving soaps using our own raw honey. Additionally: I write. Make videos from time to time. Consider offers for modeling and acting. MORE ABOUT ME Married nearly 33 years, I'm 62 years old (going on 35!) love love fitness and have two amazing children and one beautiful granddaughter. One of our kids is a 27 year old autistic son who I have home taught for the past 20 years. Our daughter is 32 and married and has an adorable baby girl. We have an amazing adult male labradoodle, and a baby labradoodle coming in December 2019! WHAT'S NEW Beekeeping! My hub and I have launched a beekeeping business! Very exciting! I'm in the process of formulating soaps and skin care items and will launch those lines soon.

4 thoughts on “Using Retinol – Results Update

  1. Just letting you know that I did finally try retinol and I really like it. My hyper pigmentation is much less noticeable and this about 2.5 months into using it. I went for the ROC products because you had so much faith in them and they do honestly deliver. Thank you so much! My skin is beginning to glow like it hasn’t in years and the crows’ feet are diminished. I like what I see that’s for sure.


  2. Truly beautiful! Your skin is perfect – luminous! The post image on the main page is absolutely HAUNTING! You are a great role model for any woman who wants to look her best, make smart use of services and get amazing results!


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