Is the Retin-A You Buy Online the Real Deal?
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Get Retin-A from a reputable pharmacy
There is no way to know if Retin-A purchased online (except with a prescription through a reputable online pharmacy like drugstore.com) is real or not. Although it can be tempting to purchase medications like Retin-A online without a prescription, it is impossible to know what you are getting and if it is the right choice for your skin.
Although it may be somewhat more expensive, I would recommend you see a board-certified dermatologist to assess you skin. He/she can decide if Retin-A is right for you and provide a prescription if so. My experience is that prices for Retin-A vary widely amongst pharmacies, so it is best to call around once you have a prescription to compare.
Medications can all have side effects and interactions which can cause problems in certain situations. Over the long run, I think you will be better off talking to a doctor about what problem you want to address (acne, age spots, wrinkles, etc.) and getting the right treatment for your skin type.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.