Can I get Retin-A over the counter?
Do I need a prescription for Retin-A or is there a product over the counter that has a good amount of tretinoin in it? I wouldn't mind going to a dermatologist to get a script but if there is something over the counter I could at least give it a shot to see if it can help some acne breakouts I have been experiencing.
I heard some co-workers talking about Retin A. As someone who suffers from acne, I dismissed it as another fad that promises to work wonders and then doesn't deliver. However, a few months later, I noticed that one of my co-workers had newly clear skin, and it was absolutely amazing! I headed to the drugstore to purchase Retin A, only to discover that it is not available over the counter. So I immediately headed to my dermatologist to ask for a prescription. While there are similar acne treatments that are available over the counter, Retin A currently is not.
Retin-A requires a prescription. I tried over-the-counter retinol creams similar to Tretinoin but I couldn't get significant or lasting results with the over-the-counter products. If your acne is minimal, you may get results using over-the-counter products with retinol versus Retin-A, which requires a prescription. Retinol is more gentle and doesn't produce the quick or extreme results that are possible with Retin-A.
Advanced Anti-Aging Therapy, which is available at CVS and other pharmacies, has good reviews. It has moisturizer and so it won't cause extreme peeling, which you may prefer. But, you can't expect the skin rejuvenation results that I experience with prescription medicine with Retin-A. I have found that it is less expensive to see a doctor and get a prescription using my insurance then it is to waste money on expensive otc retinol products that don't get the same results. I hope my experience helps you.
Actual Retin-A can only be obtained with a prescription. However, there are retinol products over the counter that work well for those who do not have insurance, or if the insurance does not cover Retin-A. The thing that I needed to keep in mind is that while over the counter products can be effective, they are not prescription grade. With that being said, the occasional over the counter brand name product has helped tremendously with unexpected and poorly timed breakouts. Sometimes, I don't have the time or money to see the doctor when my skin breaks out. A quick trip to the drugstore has proven to be somewhat effective when Retin-A was not an option.