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Is Generic Tretinoin As Effective and the Same Formula As Name Brand Retin-A?

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Retinoid Repair Cream

Our office utilizes retinoid creams for facial rejuvenation. Retinoid Repair is an excellent combination retinoid regimen that can improve wrinkles and address facial aging. 

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 70 reviews

804 7th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Generic tretinoin

Generally speaking, generics are almost identical to the brand name. That said, there are potential minor differences, and if budget or insurance coverage is not an issue, I always prefer the branded product which has more rigorous testing and experience behind it.

Benjamin Barankin, MD
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

4256 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M3H 5Y8

Generic Retin-A

Generic Tretinoin is usually as effective as the name brand.  The next time you pick you pick up your prescription, talk to your pharmacist about this.  Also, be sure you are using the correct strength.  Retin-A comes in 3 strengths for a reason.  You start with the lowest one and work your way up to the highest strength.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

980 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342

Brand Name Retin A vs Generic Retinoids

Brands and generic should have similar efficacy based on strict federal requlations.  Some patients prefer different vehicles such as using a cream instead of a gel.

Anthony Perri, MD
Houston Dermatologist

9305 Pinecroft Dr. Suite 305
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Generic Tretinoin vs Retin-A

At this point in time there are many, many versions of Retin-A on the market and many makers of the product. Some are gels, some creams. The brand name isn't important. The tolerability of your skin with the product is what you need to worry about.

F. Victor Rueckl, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

8937 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89117

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