I have been getting really interesting questions that drill deeper into universal beauty issues. Some of them are in comments but most of them are via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They ask personal yet fundamental questions about aging and skin care that I wanted to share them on the blog– yet preserve your privacy. So, every other Friday I will be posting several No-Nonsense FAQ’s. Then I will archive them in a new tab so that there will be easy answers to popular issues. Many of the answers I learned in my anti-aging journey. When its new to me, I will call on the smartest doctors that I know. Like so many things, its the details that can spell success or failure– and its these details that deliver fabulous beauty results.
Which do I put on first, a moisturizer or Retin A?
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.