Review: Tretinoin Cream (and a website that offers it without a prescription!)

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A while back I was contacted by someone who wanted to know if I was interested in trying something from the brand Dermesse. Dermesse offers prescription and non-prescription strength skin care products online, that could previously only be purchased at plastic surgeon or dermatologist offices. They offer full skin care systems, acne treatments, anti-aging formulas, eye care, sun protection, moisturizers and cleansers.

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Review Tretinoin Cream 0.1% skin skincare retinol​​


I looked around on the website decided to go try out ‘Tretinoin’, a topical treatment. Tretinoin is a prescription treatment, meant to treat acne. I’ve tried it in the past and it works wonders on my skin. I was curious to see if I would have the same results again. Below is my full review.

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​​What it is:​​​​
Tretinoin is a topical retinoid used to treat mild to moderate acne and is especially effective for those with comedonal acne (many blackheads and whiteheads). It’s also know as Retin-A. Tretinoin is a powerful acne treatment medication, derived from vitamin A. It rapidly exfoliates the skin, keeping pores clear of cellular debris and preventing the formation of comedones.
Its advantages go beyond clearing acne: for example, people who have post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation may find that Retinoin reduces the look of dark spots and discoloration left by acne breakouts. Also, adult acne sufferers benefit from the other popular use of Retinoin: It can reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Review Tretinoin Cream 0.1% skin skincare retinol​​


Dermesse offers a whole line of prescription tretinoin products. No matter what kind of skin you have, this medication is available in three different strengths so that it will be effective for all types of skin. Your skin care professional can help recommend the right strength to get the best results. Source: 1, 2

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Tretinoin, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyoxyl 40 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Sorbic Acid, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Purified Water.
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​​My thoughts:​​
As mentioned, I’ve tried Tretinoin in the past, through a dermatologist, and back then I was prescribed the highest strength, which I now got as well. I’ve been using it daily for almost 3 months now and my skin has been looking super nice! I saw results pretty fast, after a month or so.

I use it at night, before bed. Good thing to mention is that you’re not supposed to apply Tretinoin during the day, because it will not work in daylight. So I use this at night and my other face product (this serum I mentioned not too long ago), that one I apply during the day in combination with a sunscreen. Always use sunscreen by the way, when you’re using tretinoin.

Most, if not all, of my acne scars (little dark spots) are completely gone. Now I don’t feel ‘weird’ going out without makeup or taking pictures. Those with acne will understand what I mean! I still get a breakout every now and then, but I don’t get those cystic breakouts (those painful pimples under your skin) anymore. Tretinoin Cream 0.1% is gentle to the skin, but still very effective in fighting breakouts and preventing new acne from popping up.

If you’re my age and suffer from acne, please, please, please give Tretinoin a chance! It really works! :-) It might take a month or two to ‘kick in’, just be patient. And if you’re not sure which strength to get, I would suggest starting with 0.05%.

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Review Tretinoin Cream 0.1% skin skincare retinol​​


​​Where to buy:​​​​
The Tretinoin Cream comes in 3 strengths (0.025%, 0.05% and 0.1%) and retails for $189.00 (20 g). Yes, this is a lot of money, but like I said Tretinoin is VERY effective and recommended by most dermatologists. If you suffer from adult acne and you can’t get rid of it, this might be the answer to your problem. :-)
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Dermesse was previously only available through dermatologist’s offices or plastic surgeon’s offices. This has now changed! You now order directly from dermesse.com
You place your order, complete the online medical assessment (a few questions, really!) and the products will be delivered to you within 48 hours. If they require any additional information, they will contact you. Very easy, I had no issues ordering mine. Good luck!



Beauty Q&A: Which products are really worth the hype?

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It’s Friday! Even as a stay-at-home mom (for now), I always get super excited when it’s Friday! It was my favorite day of the week when I was working at an office and it still is! The weekend is when we do ‘family fun stuff’, so it’s something I look forward to.

Anywho, I have a beauty related question for you. Are you ready? Here it comes: :-D

Question: Which products are really worth the hype?

 beauty Q&A Question Answer

My answer: I would say MAC lipsticks. Lipsticks by MAC Cosmetics are super popular. Whenever there’s a new collection out, most people always check out the lipsticks first. And if there aren’t any lipsticks in a new collection (think of The Simpsons collection, this line only had lip glasses, no lipsticks!), people get upset. And as much as everybody always sh*ts on MAC for their continuous launch of new lipstick shades and how they discontinue lipsticks without much warning, I love me some MAC lipsticks! And so do a lot of other people.

I love how they feel on the lips. They’re moisturizing and have great staying power. I don’t really have a favorite finish either: I love amplified creams, satins, glazes and I’m starting to really dig mattes as well. There are so many different shade options and MAC comes out with new ones all the time, which is pretty cool. I also have a thing for the packaging. MAC’s black bullets look so sleek on my vanity! They give me a nice luxurious feeling, without breaking the bank.

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Which products are really worth the hype in your opinion? Answer here in the comments or on Twitter (I’m @Kizzy)

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Upcoming review: Sigma 3DHD Kabuki Brush

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I did a little damage at Sigma Beauty! Just a little though. Even though I didn’t need any makeup brushes (I even gave a bunch of them away recently), I couldn’t resist but to place this order. I was getting emails in my inbox about Sigma’s newest big thing: the 3DHD Kabuki Brush. The pictures looked amazing, very ‘revolutionary’ and unique and my curiosity got the best of me… :-D

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Sigma 3DHD Kabuki brush​​


The description of this new brush actually made sense to me:

The 3DHD Kabuki is a multifunctional brush engineered to perfection. It was uniquely designed for all areas of the face to apply liquid, cream and powder products uniformly on every curve, crease and angle.
The functional ridge at the top of the brush has the perfect angle to apply liquid, cream or powder products reaching every curve, crease and angle.
Allows application of liquid, cream or powder products on flat or slightly curved areas of the face in two simple steps. First, apply product using one side of the wedge, then use the second (clean) side of the brush to smooth the surface and eliminate any streaks.
The sharp point of the brush can be used for highly precise application of cream, liquid and powder products. The point allows products to be perfectly applied in the under eye area and around the mouth.


So after reading this and seeing pictures I couldn’t help but to order it! There’s also a smaller 3DHD brush, but I just wanted to try the kabuki one for now, to apply my foundation with.

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Sigma 3DHD Kabuki brush new 3D HD


And to avoid paying for shipping, I added another brush (don’t we just hate paying for shipping?). I added the E25 blending brush. It’s a brush I didn’t own before. I do own other blending brushes, but I feel like a girl can never have enough blending brushes. Nobody likes their eyeshadow looking all kray. Right?

Below is my complete order.
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Sigma 3DHD Kabuki brush 3D HD​​


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Sigma 3DHD Kabuki brush 3D HD​​

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Brush case (holds 29 brushes)

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Sigma 3DHD Kabuki brush 3D HD​​

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E25 blending brush & 3DHD Kabuki


The reason for this post is not to ‘show off’ my new goodies, but to let you know about my upcoming review. I will be trying out my new kabuki brush for the next couple of weeks and then I’ll let you know my thoughts. Is it worth buying? Or is it just a gimmick?

Don’t feel like waiting for my review? Find more information and order your own Sigma 3DHD brushes here.