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Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:06 pm      Reply with quote
I was wandering if there was a natural non-chemical version of retin a (I know I spelt trenoin wrong)
I am balancing my hormones and have stopped using chemicals on my skin.

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Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:37 pm      Reply with quote
helenjean, a lot of people want to avoid chemicals without knowing what a chemical is.

tretinoin is a natural substance; it is a form of vitamin A

But natural compounds *are* chemicals. A chemical is just a substance with a specific chemical composition. Water is a chemical. Table salt is a chemical, sugar is a chemical, proteins are chemicals. Vitamins are chemicals. We (at least our physical bodies) are made completely of chemicals. We eat and drink chemicals and mixtures of chemicals.

Many people wish to avoid chemicals because the word chemical is associated with toxicity, but some of the most potent toxins and poisons in the world are natural chemicals (e.g. ricin from castor beans, aflatoxins from fungi, tetrodotoxin from animals).
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Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:30 pm      Reply with quote
helenjean wrote:
I was wandering if there was a natural non-chemical version of retin a (I know I spelt trenoin wrong)
I am balancing my hormones and have stopped using chemicals on my skin.


As far as I know tretinoin doesn't have an effect on hormones.
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Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:49 pm      Reply with quote
Isn't that called retinol?
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Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:10 pm      Reply with quote
eSquire415 wrote:
Isn't that called retinol?


No retinol is a milder retinoid that takes several steps to convert to retinoic acid. I don't think it's "natural".
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Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:03 am      Reply with quote
thank you all
I was a bit worried about putting it on my skin, does anyone know the complete ingredients?
I got the 0.25% from all day chemist.

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Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:20 am      Reply with quote
So if hormones are your concern, I think parabens are what you want to avoid--they have an estrogenic effect, and are common preservatives.

I found the ingredients of Retin A cream .05%:
Tretinoin (Tretinoin) Active 0.5 MILLIGRAM In 1 GRAM
stearic acid Inactive
isopropyl myristate Inactive
polyoxyl 40 stearate Inactive
stearyl alcohol Inactive
xanthan gum Inactive
sorbic acid Inactive
butylated hydroxytoluene Inactive
water Inactive

You might want to double-check by googling each ingredient, but it looks okay to me. The ADC cream may have a different formulation. Do you have the product box that it came in?--it should list ingredients.

Cheers,
Kay

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Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:26 am      Reply with quote
thankyou kay
the ingredients look ok.
There is lots of rubbish in skin creams which I am avoiding, I will google those ingredients.
thanks again
helen Very Happy

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Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:20 am      Reply with quote
rockhugger wrote:
So if hormones are your concern, I think parabens are what you want to avoid--they have an estrogenic effect, and are common preservatives.

I found the ingredients of Retin A cream .05%:
Tretinoin (Tretinoin) Active 0.5 MILLIGRAM In 1 GRAM
stearic acid Inactive
isopropyl myristate Inactive
polyoxyl 40 stearate Inactive
stearyl alcohol Inactive
xanthan gum Inactive
sorbic acid Inactive
butylated hydroxytoluene Inactive
water Inactive

You might want to double-check by googling each ingredient, but it looks okay to me. The ADC cream may have a different formulation. Do you have the product box that it came in?--it should list ingredients.

Cheers,

Kay


I have the J&J brand from ADC and although it's insert is English there is no listing of the inactive ingredients that I can find, same on their box. It just lists the tretinoin in a "cream base".
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