I learned about Retin-A years ago when a dermatologist prescribed it to a co-worker. At the time I thought it was odd my friend was using pimple lotion to look young, but her skin was as pristine as Nicole Kidman's. Later, another friend told me it was her beauty secret (and she looks 10 years younger than she is). Since then, I've read nothing but good things about vitamin A derivatives (Retin-A, Renova, Micro Retin-A), with many dermatologists going so far as to call them a miracle product. It's the only medicine on the market that's actually proven to boost collagen production, which decreases with age. I suggest it to all my friends, most of whom look at me as if they don't really believe me. I think the fact that you can't get it over-the-counter scares them. At some point, I'm going to compile all the dermatologists' comments that I've collected over the years to prove my point. But in the meantime, I'm never giving this stuff up. Ever.
So how to get it? In the U.S., it's prescription only. You can buy Renova (a version of Retin-A) from several vendors online.
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