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Hello everybody

I'm in Europe (Denmark concretely) and I have acne. I have been reading about acne treatment and Vitamin-A based products like Retin A and Tazorac come up time and again. So many people achieve consistent good results from these products that now I am sure this is the way for me to clear my acne also. 

The question I have is which products sold in Europe, hopefully in pharmacies without need to get a prescription, contain Retin A or Tazorac? If you are in Europe also please tell me, which products are the best. I can order on the internet, no need for these products to be sold in my country, but I don't want to pay for shipping from the United States. 

Thank you!

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Hello,

I am not in Europe myself, so I can't answer that question specifically. However, I do know that Retin-A is a prescription product, while retinol, a milder form, isn't. Do you have any of the following products around?

  • NaturaBissé Essential Shock Intense Retinol Fluid
  • StriVectin Advanced Retinol Intensive Night Moisturizer
  • Philosophy Miracle Worker Retinoid Eye Repair
  • Avène RétrinAL 0.1 Intensive Cream

All of these are reputable products, a bit on the high end side, that you can't really go wrong with. One is for the eyes specifically, which I am mentioning because people often wonder whether they can apply retinoids to the eyes. Well, this one you can. 

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Yeah, PINK is definitely right. You officially "need" a prescription to gain access to Retin-A. There are plenty of online pharmacies including some Europe based ones that do sell the stuff, but well, I'm personally a bit ick about ordering stuff you're not supposed to off the web. Retin-A is Rx only for a good reason, I guess. Mind you, retinol is available widely at chemists and I've used it for a while now. My skin looks awesome. I've been at it about a month now, and I have to say that at first I didn't even realize this moisturizer had retinol in it. My skin looks smoother and calmer for lack of a better word, LOL, and what's more, the blackheads are definitely being relegated to a museum now :). So you know, all that to say that yeah, retinol may well be all you need for better skin. It's around pretty much everywhere, not just online, so that's a huge bonus for me.
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Interesting. When I Googled "tazorac in Europe" I got next to no results, except for a few from shady online pharmacies. For retin-a, I got a whole lot more results, mostly also from shady online pharmacies, but well, the conclusion is that retin-a is just more popular in Europe. What was best though is that when I started looking for info on retinol instead, I got a study that showed it's just as effective as retin-a and of course you don't need a prescription. It's easy to see where I'm going with this, right? Retinol is both easy to come by and effective. I'd go with that.
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Have you read into the possible side effects of Retinoid products? I have. Paper-thin skin, creases, flaking, irritation, more wrinkles... it's only temporary and it does not happen to everyone who uses these products, but it is something to be aware of. It's a good reason why Retin-A is prescription only, I believe. So, yeah, I wouldn't use that without a prescription. I know you can buy it online, but just because you can doesn't mean you should. If you want Retin-A, then go to a doctor and ask for some. JMVHO.
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Hello,

I thought I would give you all an update :). I found a Retinol product made by ROC and ordered it online. I am now waiting for it to arrive. I am quite excited to see what this will do for me. While I am waiting for this to get here, which should be a few days, do you have any advice for me how to prep my skin for this Retinol if that is at all necessary? Is there anything I should or should not use while I am on this product? Your advice would be appreciated as I am totally new to this!

Thank You!
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