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Target: Portfolio of generic dosage forms and strengths of Retin-A
The question arises: if retinol works as well as well as the label promises, then why would you ever need to use Retin-A or Renova?
This prescription cream is basically Retin-A in a moisturizing base that decreases the redness and burning associated with Retin-A.
THE CLAIM: This is a less irritating cousin of Retin-A. Unlike regular Retin-A, Micro gradually releases Retin-A to reduce tenderness and soreness.
In the 1980s, Forbes and fellow dermatologists at Temple University in Philadelphia launched the first phototoxicity tests using simulated sunlight when they tested retinoic acid (Retin-A).
Derived from vitamin A, Retin-A catapulted us into a new age of skincare, where creams are more than short-lived plumping of fine lines with mixtures of oil and water.
(Already I must face the fact that my metabolism no longer permits me to eat gallons of Haagen Dazs with impunity.) In recent years, healthier lifestyles and medical advances have slowed this physical disintegration, while cosmetic surgery, Propecia, Rogaine, and Retin-A help mask the outward signs of aging.
Like Retin-A (tretinoin), the prescription drug used to treat wrinkles, tazarotene slows down abnormal growth of skin cells, excess skin shedding, and inflammation, all of which contribute to the development of acne and psoriasis.
It encompasses adhesives (in everything from Post-It notes to beltless sanitary napkins to easily removable price tags), packaging (remember when shattered glass shampoo bottles were a real danger, store-bought cookies were always hard, and metal toothpaste tubes crumbled with age?), fibers (wrinkle-free slacks, harder-to-run hose, stain-resistant carpet), and chemicals galore (from scrubbing bubbles that attack soap scum to Retin-A that attacks wrinkles).
Still, early this year, J&J senior management admitted that some workers had shredded thousands of documents related to a federal investigation of its promotion of Retin-A. J&J again acted quickly by reporting the shredding to the Justice Department and firing three senior employees.