ReTrieve Cream Review – How Strong Is It?
ReTrieve Cream is used for those with dry and sun-damaged skin. It uses an acid form of Vitamin A as the main ingredient to help give back a youthful look by regrowing the outer layer of skin on the face.
How ReTrieve CreamWorks
ReTrieve Cream main ingredient is called tretinoin, which is the acid form of Vitamin A and is available by prescription only.
It works on the skin by helping to regulate the growth and regeneration of the outer layer of skin on those who have dry or sun-damaged skin. It is not meant to be used as a daily cream but only used for a few days at a time.
Read more about how retinol works works to help you look younger.
Retrieve Cream Ingredients
Retrieve Cream includes the following ingredients along with tretinoin; cetyl alcohol, isopropyl palmitate, glyceryl stearate, sorbitan stearate, polysorbate, disodium edetate, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, methyl and propyl hydroxybenzoates, diazolidinylurea, propylene glycol and water.
ReTrieve Cream Benefits
- It helps remove damage by shedding the skin and helps cellular turnover
- There is a website on the Internet has explained about the product and its side effects thoroughly
- You only use a small amount daily
ReTrieve Cream Drawbacks
- There are a lot of side effects associated with ReTrieve Cream, including extreme sun sensitivity and flaking skin
- Not everyone may use this product due to the strength of it
- It can only be purchased with a prescription
- Not recommended for sensitive skin
Where to Buy ReTrieve Cream
ReTrieve Cream can only be purchased through a doctor or online with a prescription.
Recommendation & Alternative
ReTrieve Cream seems to be a very potent product and will help you if you have severely dry or sun-damaged skin.
There was no data posted about any clinical studies performed on ReTrieve Cream, though it is to be assumed there have been studies performed if you can only purchase this product with a prescription.
There are a lot of side effects and a lot of warnings if you are using this product, which causes a lot of people to not be able to use ReTrieve Cream such as dry flaking skin, redness, rashes, itchiness and sun sensitivity.
If this cream is prescribed to you by your doctor, read all of the information on it carefully before you apply it to your skin. It is supposed to be used sparingly for the first few days and then as your skin gets used to it, it can be left on for longer.
An alternative to ReTrieve cream would be Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel – which contains glycolic acid. It does a great job resurfacing the skin in a more gentle manner if you can’t tolerate Retrieve cream.
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Hi.....I have been using this cream for at least 8 years and I highly recommend it.... I’m 60 years of age and have been told constantly I look in my early 40s I have no wrinkles I keep out of the sun which is important when using this cream and always use a sunblock.
I have been prescribed this cream for a sunspot. I have been using for approx. 5 weeks now and almost gone. Also using for sun damage on my décolletage and it is working like a dream. I don't use every night but at lease 3-4 times per week. I really love this cream.
I have acne nd pigmented skin from ladt 6-7 years.. now m using retrieve cream from 1 month...I have no sign of improvement..even lokks more ugly face.. what should I do???
I've been using retrieve as a night cream for 4 yrs at least, maybe longer. I love it, my skin is better than before I started using it, I am nearly wrinkle free and my skin is so clear. I'm 56 & fell my skin looks much younger due to this cream. I am vigilant about using broad spectrum una and uvb cream every day of the year and I reapply after exercise, summer, winter, always.
I am approaching 60 and have been using Retrieve cream daily for over two years. My skin has never been finer nor clearer and is more youthful than it was a decade ago.
Great for me.....
I was prescribed ReTrieve Cream for Rocasea . I had been taking Minomycin ( antibiotic ) daily for a few years which is not advised long term. 8 months ago I decided to stop the antibiotic and try the ReTrieve. It has been a great success for me , I have had no acne in 8 months. I am extremely careful with this product due to possible side effects, fortunately for me - none. My skin looks fantastic and I am constantly being told so. ??
User Questions and Answers
User Questions and Answers
Q: Is retin A the same as Retrieve cream. Which is safer to use. -Giulia Locampo
12 out of 14 people found this question helpful.
Q: I have been using retrieve 0.05% cream for 8 months,since moving to Sydney from the states where I always used retinols for anti-aging.I have noticed no difference in my skin.No tingle,no exfoliation or peeling.I have light hyper-pigmentation on my left side of my face,no change.I thought maybe I had a "bad Batch"( maybe not kept at the right temperature) so I had my Dr.. give me a new prescription,and bought the product at a different pharmacy.That was months ago,same results.Is there a reason I am not having same results? Thank you for your time. -jEANNIE
9 out of 12 people found this question helpful.
Q: After applying Retrieve can you apply your normal face cream or serum on top of it? -Barbara
5 out of 7 people found this question helpful.
Q: Is Retrieve cream the same as Retin A. How do you compare the two. -Julia
2 out of 2 people found this question helpful.
Q: I m 26 years old,I have freckles problems,have dry skin.should I use retrieve cream? -Faiza
6 out of 11 people found this question helpful.
I have been using Retrieve cream for years you start off very slow at the beginning like once a week then twice a week then 3 times a week and so on .. i use at night just a bit to cover the face I wash off in morning and apply moisturiser mixed with sun block out. But i am not a sunperson anyway.. I use it steady every second night and have beautiful smooth skin I am 79 look 18
Greta, so happy you’ve had a great result with Retrieve! It feels impossible to avoid the sun for me living in Florida. I envy colder climates where people are bundled up – they must have such great skin! 😉 xo Rachel
I have been using ReTrieve for just over 1 week and have red flaky patches on my chin area. The rest of my face seems to be ok. Should I give that area a break from the cream? Also how long should you use retrieve cream for? It seems that there are a lot of varying ideas on this.
NW, thanks for your question. Retrieve cream is prescribed by a Dr. so you’ll have to ask them about length of treatment. You can certainly give your face a break for a night or two and use a benign, “non-active” (with no toxic or harsh chemicals) hydrating cream such as Beautycounter’s Nourishing Night Cream to sooth the dryness and rehydrate. Good luck! Rachel
Is this cream safe while i am doing IVF?
A, you’ll have to ask your Dr. on that one, I’m not sure. I went completely natural when I did IVF and only used organic cleansers, shampoos, etc – no chemicals at all. Retrieve is Vitamin A but at such a high strength I would use caution. Personally I wouldn’t. Good luck with your IVF! I went through it 3x. Rachel
I think some of your information is incorrect. Formaldehyde is not listed as an ingredient. Retrieve cream is no different than vitamin C serum. Active ingredients may irritate. Used sparingly it is very safe. I’ve used it alternate nights now for 6 years. My skin is smooth. I know of someone who has used it almost 20 years.
Liz, thanks are you saying your tube lists Formaldehyde as an ingredient? Retin A is Vitamin A, not Vitamin C, completely different. Retin A, which is the same thing as Retrieve is very irritating to some, it’s not known as a gentle product but it does work well for some. If you’ve used it for six years then your skin is probably very used to it. I can’t use any Retin A, my skin is too sensitive. Rachel
No. I saw a comment on the blog stating it contained formaldehyde, which is NOT listed as an ingredient. I’m aware it is vitamin A. My comment regarding vitamin C is that they are both active ingredients and can cause irritation if used too frequently at the start. But none of these irritate my skin now.
I’ve been using this cream for a year. Definitely too strong for my neck, as like J… it cause a burning red mark on crease. Besides the flakey skin which I have to regularly and gently exfoliate off, this cream has been great. My skin looks more youthful and even-toned and my acne is under control.
Thanks for the review Mary! I have to be careful with my neck also, it’s sensitive. Rachel~WomensBlogTalk
i used this cream and have experienced flakey skin some burning red marks on neck crease where iv oviously left it on to long,although my skin feels smooth alot of flakey skin coming off
I have been using retrieve cream fir six weeks dermotologist said the dots and ridges above my top lip above mouth was sundamage
I have been using Retrieve cream for 6.months. I have a very nice face except fit my chin and the sides, it looks like a road map. I have team soooo many theries on how it should be used I am very confused.
I use it every night. The wrinkles are very deep and there is no difference. They are also very red, but I would like to try a bit longer as I just don’t know what else to do. I am 72 and just hate these wrinkles.
Any advice please would be welcome.
Hi Val, if you’re getting redness your skin does not like using Retrieve daily. Try going to every other night and see if redness subsides. Redness is likely an adverse inflammatory effect so that’s not going to be good in the long run. Retrieve can be very irritating, and you have to be extremely careful in the sun. Even being in the heat can cause a reaction, even if it’s not direct sunlight. If you’ve seen a difference in your wrinkles then I’d give it a bit more time, just use more sparingly. Be sure and use a calming moisturizer for the times you’re not using Retrieve. Something like Kollagen Intensiv is a great one. xo Rachel