12.19.2014
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Retin-A
20 gram for $143
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Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Retin-A contains tretinoin and is available in cream or gel forms. The gel is available in 0.025% or 0.01% strengths, but contains 90% alcohol, which significantly increases the potential for irritation. The cream version comes in three strengths: 0.1%, 0.05%, and 0.025%, and is formulated in a bland moisturizing base. Costs for the various formats and strengths vary, but are similar to the prices for Renova and Retin-A Micro. For more information about tretinoin, the active ingredient in every form of Retin-A, please click on Retinoids from the Master Brand List.
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RETINOIDS AT-A-GLANCE

Strengths: The active ingredient in most retinoids is tretinoin, which has mounds of research establishing its multiple anti-aging benefits for skin (particularly sun-damaged skin). Tazorac contains the active ingredient tazarotene, a retinoid that works similarly to tretinoin.

Weaknesses: Some people cannot tolerate tretinoin therapy; all of these products require a prescription; textures of each are not nearly as elegant as using a well-formulated moisturizer.

Rather than review these products and assign the usual face ratings, we present a list of the various options, along with prices based on figures from www.drugstore.com. Note that your actual price for these prescription products will vary based on your health insurance coverage, if any, and whether or not your physician believes that a generic form of tretinoin is an equally effective (and hence less costly) option.

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RETINOIDS AT-A-GLANCE

Strengths: The active ingredient in most retinoids is tretinoin, which has mounds of research establishing its multiple anti-aging benefits for skin (particularly sun-damaged skin). Tazorac contains the active ingredient tazarotene, a retinoid that works similarly to tretinoin.

Weaknesses: Some people cannot tolerate tretinoin therapy; all of these products require a prescription; textures of each are not nearly as elegant as using a well-formulated moisturizer.

Rather than review these products and assign the usual face ratings, we present a list of the various options, along with prices based on figures from www.drugstore.com. Note that your actual price for these prescription products will vary based on your health insurance coverage, if any, and whether or not your physician believes that a generic form of tretinoin is an equally effective (and hence less costly) option.