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Is my retin-a (retino-A) fake?

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Sat Aug 27, 2011 12:40 am      Reply with quote
Hi, after reading these forums for a bit I ordered Retin-A from inhousepharmacy. I ordered the 0.05% Retino-A cream by Johnson & Johnson of India.
It arrived in a red 20g tube.
I would describe the cream inside as pearly white colored, with a slight odor. But here is the problem, I have been using it for 2 weeks so far and I have no burn / flaking / irritation..
In the past within couple of days of using retin-a I would feel that slight burn, and with this .. nothing. So does this mean this stuff is fake? Thanks in advance, J
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Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:33 am      Reply with quote
If the active ingredient is Tretinoin it should be the real deal - Retin-A does have a pearlish tone and a slight smell, I'm not a fan of the smell, I find it really off-putting.

You may just have quite resilient skin and need a higher strength. I have a friend who was using the same strength as me - she was using it all over her face every night and it took a whole month before she got any peeling. Me on the other hand, I just use a tiny dab on a zit and I have major peeling for several days! Everyone is different.
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Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:52 am      Reply with quote
jhillo wrote:
Hi, after reading these forums for a bit I ordered Retin-A from inhousepharmacy. I ordered the 0.05% Retino-A cream by Johnson & Johnson of India.
It arrived in a red 20g tube.
I would describe the cream inside as pearly white colored, with a slight odor. But here is the problem, I have been using it for 2 weeks so far and I have no burn / flaking / irritation..
In the past within couple of days of using retin-a I would feel that slight burn, and with this .. nothing. So does this mean this stuff is fake? Thanks in advance, J


Doubt it's fake, I use the same one but order direct from ADC. Possibly just different inactive ingredients to the tretinoin formulation you have been using so perhaps it is not as harsh?
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Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:09 am      Reply with quote
When you purchase Retin-A your essentially buying Retinoic acid as it is the most affective form of retinol so as long as thats listed as the active then your getting the real deal Smile

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Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:10 am      Reply with quote
I agree that I dought its fake. Irritation from retin-a has a way of sneaking up on you sometimes.
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Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:10 am      Reply with quote
echoecho wrote:
When you purchase Retin-A your essentially buying Retinoic acid as it is the most affective form of retinol so as long as thats listed as the active then your getting the real deal Smile


Actually, that's not necessarily true. Some companies are very good at forging other products so that you can hardly tell the difference.

But regarding the original post, inhousepharmacy is pretty reliable. I doubt they would be selling fakes online, especially if they are a pharmacy. As for your lack of peeling, you should see it as a good thing. Many people peel and get very irritated skin and are often put off by it and stop using Retin-A. Your lack of peeling just means your skin is liking it and doesn't need anything else. You should only consider switching to a stronger one if you don't see any improvement in your lines
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Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:25 am      Reply with quote
How would you describe the smell? Mine smells a bit like "medicine cream". I don't know how to describe it. I'm kind of scared that I'm putting on some fake stuff that might harm my skin. Confused
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Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:17 pm      Reply with quote
oasisjc wrote:
echoecho wrote:
When you purchase Retin-A your essentially buying Retinoic acid as it is the most affective form of retinol so as long as thats listed as the active then your getting the real deal Smile


Actually, that's not necessarily true. Some companies are very good at forging other products so that you can hardly tell the difference.

But regarding the original post, inhousepharmacy is pretty reliable. I doubt they would be selling fakes online, especially if they are a pharmacy. As for your lack of peeling, you should see it as a good thing. Many people peel and get very irritated skin and are often put off by it and stop using Retin-A. Your lack of peeling just means your skin is liking it and doesn't need anything else. You should only consider switching to a stronger one if you don't see any improvement in your lines


I dont see an improvement in my lines, so your probably right, it's time to switch it up a little.

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Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:28 pm      Reply with quote
echoecho wrote:
oasisjc wrote:
echoecho wrote:
When you purchase Retin-A your essentially buying Retinoic acid as it is the most affective form of retinol so as long as thats listed as the active then your getting the real deal Smile


Actually, that's not necessarily true. Some companies are very good at forging other products so that you can hardly tell the difference.

But regarding the original post, inhousepharmacy is pretty reliable. I doubt they would be selling fakes online, especially if they are a pharmacy. As for your lack of peeling, you should see it as a good thing. Many people peel and get very irritated skin and are often put off by it and stop using Retin-A. Your lack of peeling just means your skin is liking it and doesn't need anything else. You should only consider switching to a stronger one if you don't see any improvement in your lines


I dont see an improvement in my lines, so your probably right, it's time to switch it up a little.



it is not easy to get the improvement even it is a real one..... thngs is not easy to change
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Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:32 pm      Reply with quote
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it is not easy to get the improvement even it is a real one..... thngs is not easy to change


Yeah, I was going to add that it may take up to 1-2 years to see any real results. As long as your skin isn't getting WORSE, then you can keep using what you're using.
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Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:29 am      Reply with quote
I don't think it's a fake either. The colour/ texture is consistent and the active ingredient should state Tretinoin. As you have already been using tretinoin for a long period of time your skin has acclimate, and therefore you are seeing less of the harsh side effects. I noticed with my skin that I stopped reacting to Retin A after a few months. My skin became more resilient and it was only when I increased to strength did I start to get all the peeling,flaking and redness again. I didn't find that increasing the strength increased the overall results. The lower strength .05% was just as effective.
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