Retin-A Without a Prescription; An Update.

The number one thing that has helped my skin to slowly turn back the hands of time (or at the very least, slow those hands down quite a bit), is using Retin-A (Also known as Tretinoin or Vitamin A). It is considered the “gold standard” in topical anti-aging for one reason: It works. It isn’t an overnight process. It requires consistency and dedication. But it works, so read on.

Buying Retin-A Online Without a Prescription

When I wrote about my Retin-A experience before, I told you about starting at the very lowest percentage and working my way up very slowly over 8 months to 0.1%. I also told you about the way that I ordered it online. That is still a perfectly viable method to buy your Retin-A online without a prescription.

Retin-A online without a prescription


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I have changed the way I get my Retin-A without a prescription. For about the last 6 months I’ve been getting my Retin-A from Curology and I am over the moon happy with this service! This is one you’re going to want to know about!

How Curology works

I started out with the free month trial, (and you can too) because I just wasn’t convinced that this would be able to replace my current Retin-A online purchasing. And honestly, I really thought Curology was only for people with acne.

Well, let’s just say the experience has just been absolutely brilliant! Curology uses an easy to use web platform where you answer some detailed questions and send in some photos to your own, Curology-supplied health professional (all by email, from the comfort of your home <squeal!>). Their dermatologists will mix a custom formulation specifically for your skin and pop it in the mail to you! All without a prescription and without leaving your home!

Take. My. Money.

Retin-A without a prescription

Your provider will check back in with you by email to see how you are doing with your formulation and address any questions you may have. They will make changes to your formulation as your skin responds to treatment.

The Benefits

There are several benefits to this method. First, you are emailing with a healthcare professional about your skin. I’ve communicated with my medical provider on many occasions, peppering her with questions about using other products with my new formulation, etc. She is incredibly personable, informative, and helpful! Like, every time. I don’t know why I thought she’d be all judgy and eye-rolling about my blog, but not so! She has been responsive, absolutely delightful and a complete wealth of information for me. Curology has taken all the guesswork out of my skin care. The next reason that this is a preferable method for me to get Retin-A is that they add other ingredients to my formulation (plainly labeled on the bottle) to sooth my skin, reduce inflammation and fight dark spots and fine lines. This makes my prescription grade, custom formulation work even better for anti-aging and packing a much bigger punch than my plain tube of Retin-A was doing. The last reason that I LOVE this service is the price. There are several plans to choose from. My plan is $19.95/month. Like- are you kidding me? That’s less than a lot of the weak OTC bottles of “anti-aging” creams. I’m, of course, SOLD.

Retin A without a prescription

I get my bottle in the mail every 2 months like clockwork. The packaging is great, the contents are clearly printed on the bottle and the bottle is a sealed, airless, pump-style. I apply this as my first step after cleansing, every night before bed.

A Warning

I will say this: once you begin using your low dose of Retin-A (tretinoin), do not stop. Here’s where the commitment part comes in that I mentioned at the beginning of this post. Retin-A, Tretinoin, Vitamin A is a medicine. Your skin will pretty easily get used to it if you start with the low dose and then gradually work up in dosage strength. I only experience some slight dryness when I began, then nothing. HOWEVER- If you stop using it for a while…(say……, I dunno……when you were moving from Montana<cough,cough>)  and then start back again at the last used strength, your skin will probably have a reaction. I fought my way back from a flakey mess with the help of my Curology provider, who answered several frightened emails from me that I’d sat typed out with red, flaking skin! She helped me to get my skin calmed back down again quickly and I was back on my way. So yeah- don’t stop once you start. And if you DO stop, let your provider know before you start slapping it on again.

Retin-A without a prescription

And USE SUNSCREEN. If you use Retin-A and don’t use sunscreen, you are literally ACCELERATING sun damage to your skin. So, be committed to sunscreen, every day rain or shine. The mineral sunscreen that I love and use is by MD Solar Sciences.

My Results

As for results, I am very pleased. It is a simple skin care step, with strong ingredients, that leads to big results over the long haul. Retin-A, (Tretinoin, Vitamin A) works by increasing skin cell turnover speed. When we were younger our skin cells were turning over and sloughing off at a much higher speed and always revealing that “new’ more radiant skin underneath. As we age, that process goes slower and slower. Retin-A speeds it back up again and the results are worth doing.  I visibly noticed that my skin was definitely looking healthier, with fewer lines and general sagging after about 6 months of use. The results continue to be cumulative so it’s just become a simple nighttime step that I really wish I had started at around 40 years of age. I don’t ever intend to be without it.

Retin-A without a prescription

Try Curology for Free

If you’d like to give the Curology service a try, you can use my link and get the free one month trial. Just click here to get started: SHARE CUROLOGY. (You’ll get your own referral link after you sign up, that you can share with your astonished family and co-workers!)

Do you use Retin-A? Have you had any issues with it? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

P.S- If you or your teen struggle with acne, Curology is a one stop shop for solving that problem as well!


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  1. November 26, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    What if you don’t have acne? I am about to turn 50, and have increasingly dry skin. Would using Retin A benefit me?

    • melissa
      November 26, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      Hi Alessandra! Thanks so much for your comment. We are the same age and I also have skin that is on the dryer side and no acne. Short answer- yes, Retin A will help slow the aging process of your skin. It takes time and is definitely cumulative in it’s effect. I highly recommend going through Curology and getting started. They will add extra ingredients into your formula to also help combat dryness. I saw visible results after 6 months of use- it may have been sooner, but that’s when I looked in the mirror and really SAW a difference. And Curology is jjust a pleasure to deal with and you just can’t beat it for prescription strength medicine delivered right to your door! Let me know if you decide to give it a try and what you think!
      ~Melissa xx

      • May 8, 2019 / 6:50 am

        I’ve been using it for a couple of months now, and so far so good! No bad reactions, but I am still waiting to be blown away by the results. I guess I have a few more months to go. Cheers!

        • melissa
          May 8, 2019 / 7:54 am

          Alessandra- so happy that you’ve not had any reactions, that usually means you’re doing it right, ha! ha!. Going in slow and building up is the way to go. The results will come and I know you’ll be very glad that you started when you did!
          ~Melissa xx

  2. November 27, 2018 / 7:18 am

    I learned all about Retin A from you and starting using it just a few months ago. I get it from the pharmacy you recommended in your post a while back. And now that I have been using it for a few months I love the difference it is making and like you wish I would have started a long time ago. You are correct though sunscreen is key! Thanks so much for all your insightful and informative posts! Love them all!

    • November 29, 2018 / 10:43 am

      Yay Cheryl! So glad that you love it! And thank you for the compliment. Your skin always looks lovely so I’d say it is definitely doing it’s thing! I like to think that maybe I am UN-doing some of the damage from all of my “get the deepest, darkest tan possible” days. ugh. Thanks for reading!
      ~Melissa xx

  3. November 27, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    I love Retin A, and see it as the key ingredient in the war against ageing skin. Its a fab weapon in our skincare arsenal. Great post x

    • November 29, 2018 / 10:45 am

      I feel the same way Kerry and you are another one of my blogging friends who has amazing skin! Another tick in the box for using Retin-A, lol! Thanks for reading and commenting. Love your blog. šŸ™‚
      ~Melissa xx

  4. Rachel
    February 28, 2019 / 11:44 am

    Hello Melissa. I am interested in trying Curology. However, it isn’t available in Oklahoma. What would you recommend?


    • melissa
      February 28, 2019 / 7:19 pm

      Thank you so much Rachel! And thanks for pointing out that not every state can get Curology- I really hadn’t seen that! If you can’t get curology,I highly recommend getting your Retin A from here –> Remember to start out at a very low dose and work up! Thanks so much for reading and for reaching out!
      ~Melissa xx

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