October 5, 2016

Product Review: A313 Vitamin A Pommade

      One of the beauty products I knew I had to get my hands on in Paris was Avibon. Little did I know until I already was in Paris that Avibon is currently being reformulated and isn't available anywhere! I was really bummed. However, as someone who used Retin-A to clear up adult acne, I wanted to see if there was something that was slightly less strong than Retin-A, but still contained more retinol than the average retinol products available here in the States. It is my understanding, that the A313 is the closest equivalent to Avibon currently. Unlike here in the United States where a product that is equivalent to A313 must be obtained via a derm, it's available over the counter in France and for less than 12 euros a tube - it's truly a huge bargain!

A313 Vitamin A Pommade, 1.7oz
Price: about 12 euros, but sells for over $30 in the US via Amazon

This product is the most similar product to Avibon on the market today. A313 boast 200,000 i.u. of synthetic vitamin A in an aluminum tube (to protect freshness) really packs a punch to aged skin. Works great on wrinkles, sensitive skin, enlarged pores, etc. Only use this product at night because of the photosensitivity of the vitamin A. Use a small amount and warm in hands before applying. You can mix this product with your favorite night serums or treatments. Avibon has been discontinued and A313 is the most current replacement product. Comes in an aluminum 50g tub.


      Although I think Avibon is probably even more similar to a prescription retin-a cream because it contained more vitamin a in it, it doesn't mean that A313 is "weak." On the contrary, after using it nightly for around a week, my skin already started to flake and peel similar to when I used a prescription retin-a cream. It's a really annoying phase that puts some people off of retin-a and/or retinol products and totally understandable as it makes your makeup go on horribly. As you can see from the swatch above, it's a milky white color that is actually very similar in texture to Vaseline or petrolatum products. I know what you're thinking because I was thinking the same thing, this stuff is going to break me out because it's so greasy. Luckily it doesn't for some miraculous reason. It actually melts very fast from the heat of your fingers and you only need the tiniest bit. I didn't dare rub that swatch into my hand because this stuff is pretty strong and comparable to retin-a. It also doesn't smell like anything which is a plus. Furthermore, unlike retin-a which actually slightly stung any active breakouts I had going on, A313 doesn't sting at all. Now that I'm peeling, I'm probably going to lessen the application to every other night instead of nightly. Although, putting on my Kiehl's Midnight Recovery oil and massaging it into my skin helped exfoliate the dead skin off the top of my skin.


Concluding Remarks

      As someone who has used prescription strength retin-a, I can confidently say it's like using a prescription strength retin-a cream that you get from your derm in the States, but for a fraction of the price and most conveniently without the prescription. Although it's sold at a high premium in the States by third party sellers, it's still more convenient than going to your derm. Like retin-a, the tiniest amount is needed or else you risk really irritating your skin. If you're looking for a retin-a OTC equivalent, you don't have to look any further.

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