Why has the price of Renova and the generic tretinoins gone up so much recently??

First let me thank you for this wonderful website. I have learned so much and use a lot of the products you have recommended. I am 67 years old and have used Retin-A for 24 years nightly. I am pleased with my skin and know that Retin-a is the reason. I have always used the brand name. It is now over $600.00 where I live. I am using the generic for the past few months. It was $250.00. The brand name is spear. I use .01% and am not getting any results. Can you tell me why Retin-A has skyrocketed in just a few months from one RX to the next? Also can you recommend a generic that is good? Thank you.

You’re welcome!  We’ve been puzzling over this as well and there doesn’t seem to be a credible answer yet.  I’ll try to keep all of you posted.

In the meantime, here’s something less expensive to try:

  • use nonprescription retinol –  here’s a good one at .6% by Neocutis
  • you can also try using a fairly aggressive glycolic cream like the Neostata 15% (good price point also!) and alternate nights with them.  The glycolic will give you better penetration of the retinol.  Don’t put a moisturizer over or under the glycolic.

Given the difference in price points, in my opinion, it’s worth seeing if it works for you.  Give it at least 4-6 weeks.  Obviously, stop any product if you have a reaction to it!

Hope this helps,  Dr. I



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