It can be disconcerting meddling with hair loss products that were designed for another disorder. But if it wasn’t for accidents, Minoxidil and Propecia wouldn’t have been discovered. So Retin-A must be looked at with cautious optimism.

The first thing to recognize: Retin-A is first and foremost an acne medication that’s used for severe skin disorders. In fact it is currently known to be the most effective acne treatment on the market. One might sort of classify “bald” as a skin disorder, but that’s not what the makers of Retin-A had in mind.

As luck would have it, a few bald guys in white lab coats got together and decided to test the effectiveness of Retin-A as a hair treatment. To their surprise they discovered that Retin-A was effective at growing new hair in some patients. Sound familiar? That’s because this is the same way they discovered popular treatments like Rogaine and Propecia.

Retin-A Ingredients

Chemicals: Tretinoin BP 0.025%, 0.05% or 0.1% cream and 1g excipients c.s.p.
Excipients: Decyl oleate, isopropyl myristrate, glyceryl monostearate, acetyl lanolin alcohol, ceteareth-30, cetyl alcohol, proline, monostearate of polyethylene glycol 400, urea, collagen, methylparaben, propylparaben, lactic acid, sodium citrate, sodium hydroxide, vitamin E, aroma, and purified water.

Description: Tretinoin, also known as vitamin A acid, is the single active ingredient used in Retirides. Retiride 0.05% is used for the treatment of acne. It doesn’t do much for your scalp unless its riddled with blackheads and pimples. <- If that’s the case you have bigger problems then going bald!

How Retin-A helps with hair loss

Retin-A works by ensuring that your sebaceous glands are functioning properly. Sebaceous glands are what control the sebum on the scalp; and sebum just so happens to contain DHT. If you remember from past lessons DHT is that nasty hormone which causes the precious follicles to weaken.

So the bald guys with the white lab coats decided to find a way to control the sebaceous gland, keeping sebum and DHT levels reduced, thus minimizing hair loss. And so was born the miracle drug Retin-A….Not really!

First off, Retin-A is a prescription drug, which means you have to see a Doctor. They’re going to try and break you down to see if there is some underlying mental problem because you want to grow your hair back.

The positive thing about consulting a doctor before buying Retin-A is learning that it usually only works with Rogaine. Doctors agree that you need around two years of treatment with the combination of Rogaine and Retin-A to grow some hair. However, there are studies that suggest Retin-A can grow hair by itself.

Directions for Retin-A

Retin-A comes in a cream and/or liquid version. There are some Minoxidils that contain Retin-A pre-mixed.You need to start off slowly with Retin-A. It’s classified as a “Skin-Peel” and will do some damage if you try and use too much at once. There are stories online with people having some pretty serious reactions to it because they get the “more is better” attitude.

Does it work?

Hung Jury! While it would be nice to believe this works, the truth might be more difficult to entertain. It is disheartening to know one has to use minoxidil/Retin-A combination for 2 years to see results. Especially when there are convenient, inexpensive, and proven products at my disposal.



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