I’ve noticed that my skin had become very comfortable with my .o4% Retin A Micro– maybe too comfortable. It didn’t sting when I applied it right after washing my face, and I didn’t see as much of the the rosy glow. After seven months of almost daily use, it was time to graduate to a stronger version. Dr Marmur gave me a script for .1% Retin-A cream. This is considerably stronger not only in concentration but in formulation as well. It is also considerably cheaper.
Since Retin-A is now off- patent and there are generic versions, the prices are lower, even in a US pharmacy. A standard tube of branded Retin A is $129 at my local Duane Reade. At my online Canadian pharmacy, I have two choices:
1. Generic Retin A, which is labeled Tretinion, is about $43 for about 40 grams ( about 1.5 oz) and made in Canada.
2. Branded Retin A, is about the same price for a few grams more is $45 and made in Barbados. The name on the tube is not Retin A, but something like Epidure. Its very common for a product made in a different country to have a comepletely different name, but I don’t love it.
The procedure is simple. I need to fax the prescription to the pharmacy and give them my credit card number ( they don’t take American Express). I should have my new anti-ager within two weeks. I am using CanadaDrugs.com which was great to work with when I ordered Tri-luma. However in that case I had to mail the prescription to them and the total process took more than a month.
The savings on my new Retin A prescription are impressive. Retin A Micro is about $300/tube. Generic Retin A from Canada is about $43– more than 70% cheaper. This is less than some anti-aging treatment products on drug store shelves! I’m a little nervous both about using generic forms and using products made outside the US. I would love to hear about others experience with generic Retin A. Are these generics less effective? More irritating?
If I can get these Retin A savings, I will still have enough leftover for an end of the summer micro-dermabrasion.