Tretinoin actually begins preventing wrinkles in your 20’s and 30’s.
As your personal, board-certified dermatologists here at Clear Skin Concierge, we’re going to share a trade secret. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons may hawk pearl-encrusted bottles on TV. But we don’t buy branded skin creams for ourselves.
The $400 3 oz skin creams from exclusive department stores? The infomercials with dermatologists in white coats and actresses weaving through Tuscan wheatfields? These overpriced products have no clinical evidence for real cosmetic improvement.
Because everyone gets older, studying anti-aging products on the skin is really easy. As crazy as it sounds, there just isn’t clinical evidence for the eye creams and serums you’re sold every day. In fact, if you see clinical results for an over-the-counter beauty product, contact us dermatologists at Clear Skin and we’ll tell you what we think!
This doesn’t mean the Clinique™ or Bare Escentuals® products you love don’t feel great going on the skin. But if you ask any dermatologist who isn’t selling their own brand, they’ll tell you the truth. Only two things really improve skin quality as you get older. The first, and most important, is incredibly careful protection from the sun every single day, with a sunscreen – with SPF 50 or higher AND great UVA coverage (we recommend Helioplex from Neutrogena or Anthelios from La Roche-Posay). The second is consistent use of tretinoin cream – the generic form of Retin-A® – throughout a lifetime.
Tretinoin’s constant improvement of skin tone should be started in your 20’s and 30’s, as prevention before fine lines set in. Tretinoin is powerful, not magic. Results show up over months and years, not weeks. But if you stick with it, you’ll end up looking years younger than people using fancy creams that cost ten times as much.
What is tretinoin? Why don’t I hear about it?
If you look in the medicine cabinet of most dermatologists, you’ll discover a plain, aluminum tube of generic tretinoin. Tretinoin is a vitamin A derivative that makes skin cells produce more natural collagen and turn over to new, younger cells. You can read about it on WebMD, look at recent studies, or even read the research that originally proved tretinoin works, 30 years ago, in the most respected journals in dermatology.
If tretinoin really works, why don’t you hear everyone talking about it? Here’s the unfortunate truth. As a generic prescription, cosmetic companies can’t charge hundreds of dollars at an upscale department store. The closest you can come are lines like Obagi®, which package tretinoin in fancy clothes and cut doctors in on the markups.
At Clear Skin Concierge, a simple consultation is all you need, for us to send your generic prescription to the best priced online pharmacies, which deliver straight to your door. For less than the cost of most co-pays, we make dermatologist-caliber skin care as easy as buying from Amazon.
So tell me again how much this all costs.
Ready for a final secret? A virtual dermatology consultation will cost you from $30 to $60. Most won’t even tell you what medications you’re likely to get when you start. And that hides the real cost of getting real anti-aging treatments like tretinoin. You’ll pay, as of May 2015, more than $200 at a Walgreens for 45g tube of tretinoin, because your insurance doesn’t cover cosmetic products. So many of our patients have been rejected from insurance coverage for cosmetic tretinoin, ending up with $200 bills, that we advise you not even to try. When’s the last time your doctor took the time to tell you that?
At Clear Skin, we constantly research where to get the same generic medicines at serious discounts. After you sign up for a consultation with us, we can one-click your prescriptions at checkout to mail-order pharmacies that deliver the goods, with no insurance coverage, for less than $70. We don’t get a cut from them. We’re totally independent and working for you. Clear Skin Concierge’s mission is to relentlessly save you money and time. If you’re considering any other virtual dermatology provider, ask them if they’ll do the same.
Total costs? $29 (consultation) + < $60 (medication) = less than $100 before shipping.
Visit us here and choose “Fine Aging Lines” under “Cosmetic Options”. It’s really that easy. You can literally do it from home, from the beach, living the rest of your life rather than making a 40-point turn in a doctor’s parking lot.
All you need is a mobile device and a way to pay. Our doctors sitting on the other side of it will do the rest.
Using tretinoin smartly.
One last note. Tretinoin can be irritating when it is first used, convincing people that they are allergic or that it is “harsh”. The reality is that as your skin gets used to tretinoin, the same changes slow or reverse subtle changes of aging. We tell you below how to go slow to get the best results.
To get started, order a consultation at www.clearskinconcierge.com.