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Can you get Retin-A without a prescription in the US?

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Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:03 am      Reply with quote
I'm wondering if there's a way to get this in the United States OTC or does it require a prescription? Maybe I can get a lighter version of one without an Rx. If so, what brands should I look into?
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Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:35 pm      Reply with quote
You need a prescription in the US for Retin A. Check out Green Cream. It's not Retin A but is a Retinol. It has good reviews.
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Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:31 pm      Reply with quote
You can get it without a prescription but not with America. Dont know if this helps?

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Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:59 pm      Reply with quote
Retin-A (trinoin) is prescription only in the US (and many other countries). It can be purchased online without, but you need to be careful.

For effective OTC retinoids, Avene make some of the best. There's Diacneal, Ystheal, Eluage and Retrinal (in several strengths). They use retinaldehyde, which is only one conversion step away from all-trans-retinoic-acid (tretinoin).
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Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:42 am      Reply with quote
Josh your right about Avene, I had a bit of success with the Eluage line but have found for me that the thermal water is a must have.

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Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:07 am      Reply with quote
You should also look into Green Cream
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Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:26 am      Reply with quote
Thanyou oasisjc will do.

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Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:43 am      Reply with quote
I'm in the US and I have to order mine from ADC.

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Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:51 pm      Reply with quote
I recently purchased samples of Green Cream in 3 6 & 9 - I didnt find they did much for me at all -- but then again I've been using Retin-A for a long time but I can only use the lowest strenght otherwise I peel too much.

All Day Chemist is good for Retin-A but always use caution when not getting it from a doctor because you need to start at the lowest strength and work your way up if your skin can tolerate it. For me the 0.025 is the best - higher strengths are ok for me for a spot treatment - like literally if I get a zit the stronger strength will get rid of it quickly.

Intermittently there are people often selling Retin-A on ebay but it usually sells very quickly Wink
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Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:46 pm      Reply with quote
Thank you everyone, I really appreciate all the tips!!
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Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:50 am      Reply with quote
I've been getting retin a from adc for over a year and its great. I mostly use the micro kind, I would also recommend the cream as a good low strength intro. Shipping is expensive but the creams are cheap, so get a bunch of kinds to figure out which you like.
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Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:03 am      Reply with quote
butterflyrainbow wrote:
I've been getting retin a from adc for over a year and its great. I mostly use the micro kind, I would also recommend the cream as a good low strength intro. Shipping is expensive but the creams are cheap, so get a bunch of kinds to figure out which you like.


If anyone is acne-prone, they should avoid the cream if possible
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Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:09 pm      Reply with quote
I have heard that cream isn't so good for acne too, but even though I am EXTREMELY acne prone (cysts from time to time), the cream works great on me. I originally tried the cream from a dermatologist, so I hope he knew what he was doing!

I get less peeling when I use the cream, so I use it in times when I don't want to worry about random peelies sneaking up on me. I most often use the cream on my back, which reacts more strongly to the gel. The cream keeps it clear.

For my face I use the highest strength gel and microgel most often.
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