Retinol Creams

(over-the-counter) VS. Retin-A Creams (needs a physician’s prescription)
What’s the difference? 


     First, let’s establish what these creams are used for:  Basically, they contain the only ingredients (retinoids) that have decades of research proving they can turn around the aging of skin!  Only retinoids have been proven in studies to do everything from smoothing fine lines and fading dark spots to making pores appear smaller.  Dermatologists even agree:  Retinoids are the best age erasers.

    Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives. They are found in prescription, Retin-A creams (Renova, Avage, or Differin), as well as over-the-counter creams, which are commonly referred to as retinol creams.  Besides their method of procurement there is one basic difference between the two – retinol creams are less irritating to the skin than their prescription cousins.

     With over-the-counter retinol creams, the retinol is slowly converted to retinoic acid, which is the active ingredient in prescription creams.  It may simply take more time (up to 12 weeks) to notice a difference in your skin than if you’d been using the prescription variety (4-8 weeks).  You will also notice a difference in your pocket book! Retinol creams are quite a bit less expensive than the prescription creams. 

     If after 3 months you do not see a difference from using an over-the-counter product, you may want to consider a stronger prescription brand.  One advantage to using a retinol cream before using a prescription strength cream is that it will help your skin acclimate to retinoids.  Therefore, you’ll be less likely to suffer the side effects of the more powerful prescription version.  Many women who start off with the prescription creams, give up before they have a chance to get results, because they cause too much skin irritation.  It’s often beneficial for many to alternate using the over-the-counter and prescription creams on an every other month rotation.

     With Brabec Basics retinol cream you can have the best of both worlds – a superbly moisturizing cream that absorbs in the skin quickly and with our special Founder’s Grant – a price that cannot be beaten.  A two-ounce jar contains 200,000 IU of retinol and cost from $3.99 per jar.  It’s perfect for the retinoid rookie or the seasoned professional – to insure the only side effects you see are younger, healthier, more sensational looking skin!




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