(Closed) Retin A

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
2701 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t even know what Retin A is 🙁 Sorry.

Post # 4
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Prescription strength retin a is anywhere from .05% – .1% retinoic acid. You can get a prescription from your regular doctor or a dermatologist,

You can also get retin a serums in lower doses over the counter. A lot of the pharmaceutical grade skin care product lines that doctors and med spas use in their offices have them.

I would start off with a lower dose anyway and build up to the prescription strength because retin a can be harsh and very drying. Your skin does get used to it though so you can gradually increase the strength over time.

Some of the lines that carry retin a serums are:  Young Pharmaceuticals (my fave), Topix, Obagi, Skin Ceuticals (another good one), Skin Medica. If you do google search I’m sure you’ll find a ton.

Also, if you start to use it, I recommend starting out every other day, using it at night, and be vigilant about sunblock SPF 30 at least.  🙂

ETA, I am also pretty sure you can order the prescription grade online somewhere. I’ve never done that though.

Post # 5
1287 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - Seattle, WA

I actually just ordered a generic version called “Renova Cream Generic, 0.05%” from Medsmex.com.  It’s a company located in Mexico, and it was only $11 ($30 with shipping).  I know some people might think this is shady but I actually read a ton of reviews online of all the variations of Retin-A (including Renova) and from what I read, this one seems to be pretty legit.  I will probably wait until fall to use it since it makes your skin very sensitive to the sun.  After I start using it i will try to remember to post an update!!

Post # 6
45 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have never done it, but I have heared of a lot of women getting it from alldaychemist.com . I tried retin a but my skin could not get used to it….too sensitive I guess:/

Post # 8
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve ordered my retin a from Amazon before. No problem with it!

Post # 9
11172 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I use Retin-A as perscribed by my dermatologist (Retinol Gel). It is a higher dose and costs about $10.00 for a large tube via Kaiser.

I would suggest starting off with a lower dose cream as it can take 6-8 months for your skin to become accustomed to the ingredients. Also, it will take that long to see any real results so stick with it. After you start seeing results you can bump up the dosage a bit and perhaps even change over to a gel depending on your skin.

I have been using it for nearly six years now and I am thrilled with the difference it has made. Just be careful with sun exposure as it makes your skin more sensitive to burning.

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