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A Tretinoin Before and After. Plus, the RetinA OTC alternative.

Women using Tretinoin Cream

Aging can bring visible changes to our skin, like fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness. Sun exposure accelerates these changes, making us look older than we feel. Tretinoin, a powerful ingredient, helps by boosting collagen and cell turnover. But it can cause irritation. Glycolic acid, found in over-the-counter products, offers a gentler alternative. It exfoliates, improves texture, and has antioxidant benefits.

When used together, tretinoin and glycolic acid create a winning combination. Studies show they enhance each other's effects, offering better results without as much irritation. One study featured a woman who used tretinoin on one side of her face and glycolic acid cream on the other. After six weeks, she noticed the glycolic acid side looked smoother, clearer, and less irritated than the tretinoin side.

tretinoin before and after woman face

This woman's experience highlights the effectiveness of glycolic acid as an alternative to tretinoin. The Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream, with active non-neutralized glycolic acid, offers a dermatologist-recommended option for anti-aging, pigmentation, and acne concerns. After just six weeks of use, it left her skin feeling smoother and clearer, without the irritation often associated with tretinoin.

In the pursuit of youthful skin, it's essential to find the right balance of ingredients. Tretinoin and glycolic acid, whether used separately or together, offer promising solutions for maintaining radiant, healthy-looking skin.


Sources: Alliance Dermatology, before and after

Efficacy and tolerability of a double-conjugated retinoid cream vs 1.0% retinol cream or 0.025% tretinoin cream in subjects with mild to severe photoaging

Age Management: Intermediate Set

Age Management: Intermediate Set


Revive and Rejuvenate. The Age Management: Intermediate Kit is a strong three-step regimen for those looking to powerfully reverse and manage signs of aging. This kit incorporates our flagship dermatology strength non-neutralized glycolic acid products (pH Balanced Cleanser, Ultra Anti-Aging Cream, and Ultimate Restorative Hydrating Complex) to advance the natural cell-turnover process and rebuild collagen. Most customers experienced brighter, more hydrated, smoother, firmer, even toned skin after just a couple days of using the Age Management: Intermediate Kit

Derm Tip: Dr. B. highly recommends the Age Management: Intermediate Kit to those who desire a real product with active potent clinical ingredients to achieve dermatology-grade results at-home in less time. Those who are looking to bring the chemical peel treatment home will enjoy this set. Best for those who have experience with non-neutralized glycolic acid. 

Results: Most experienced brighter, firmer, and clearer skin in days of first application.

Skin Type: Combination, normal, oily, dry, and mature.

Skin Concern: Wrinkles, fine lines, dark under eyes, skin pigmentation, sun damage, dark spots, uneven skin complexion, dry skin.

This kit includes pH Balanced Cleanser (8 oz), Ultra Anti-Aging Cream (1.7 oz), and Ultimate Restorative Hydrating Complex (2oz).

How to Use

How to Use:


Step 1: Cleanse face and neck with pH Balanced Cleanser. 

Step 2: Moisturize and protect with the Ultimate Restorative Hydrating Complex.  


(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

Step 1. Cleanse with pH Balanced Cleanser.

Step 2: Rejuvenate skin overnight by applying Ultra Anti-Aging Cream to face and neck. Increase weekly application as skin will tolerate.

*For very dry skin, apply product 1-3 times a week for three weeks to start to allow skin to build tolerance to non-neutralized glycolic acid. If skin becomes dry apply Ultimate Restorative Hydrating Complex.

(Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Step 1: Cleanse face and neck with pH Balanced Cleanser. 

Step 2: Nourish face and neck with Ultimate Restorative Hydrating Complex as the nightly moisturizer.


No parabens, No fragrance, Certified cruelty free, and made with natural and organic ingredients in the USA.

Glycolic (AHA)- Naturally derived from sugar cane, Glycolic molecules are the optimal size to penetrate the pores to deeply cleanse skin. It promotes exfoliation and rebuilds collagen for fresh glowing skin. 


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