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Retin-A is a type of Vitamin A that dermatologists recommend for acne treatments. In the past few years, companies that produce age-fighting products have added Retin-A to their eye creams. Even younger women are erasing wrinkles around their eyes with this potent topical cream. Whether using a cream or lotion, you can get smoother skin and diminish the appearance of tiny surface lines. Use Retin-A products as prescribed to avoid burning or damaging your eyes.

Wash your face with your usual facial cleanser. Rinse the cleanser and pat the skin dry. Wait 20 minutes before applying the Retin-A product to your eye area.

Squirt a small amount; pea-size is good, to the tip of your clean forefinger.

Dab the Retin-A gel, cream or lotion around the outside of the eye area. Do not apply Retin-A products to your eyelids.

Rub the product into the skin for a few seconds until it is absorbed.

Wash your hands to avoid getting the cream inside your eyes inadvertently later.


Use Retin-A products every other day until you know how your skin will react. Slight burning of the skin is normal with this product.


Discontinue using the product if your eye skin becomes extremely red or irritated.