As forecasted, I ran out of tretinoin.
Holding true to my promise of trying out local brand alternatives, I purchased Derm A instead of Retacnyl.
The 15g tube cost me Php 199 at Watsons. I thought it was cheap considering how big the tube was.
The photo below, believe it or not, was taken right after squeezing out the first pea-sized amount that I needed. From the looks of it, half of the tube is just AIR.
On the bright side, now I know how poor I am at estimating gram-age against container-size.
After comparing the tube to my old and empty Retacnyl, I realized that it did contain 15 grams. It seems like they were trying to trick people into thinking that it contains more product than it really has.
But it wasn’t their attempt of tricking people that pissed me off.
It’s that they made a huuuge mistake of putting air in the container of a product that oxidizes upon contact with — you guessed it — air!
Tretinoin is in a tube for a reason — and that is to keep the product as airtight as possible. I’m still pissed at Derm Pharma. I really hope they consider packing their tretinoin in a smaller air-free tube as soon as possible.
On to the road test part.
It’s unfortunate that they had to succumb to optical illusion, because of all the tretinoin creams I’ve used, I love the texture of this the most. Retin A and Retacnyl have a film-ish feel to them when applied on the skin. The film sits on top the skin until you wake up in the morning to rinse it off. On the other hand, Derm A, feels like it’s absorbed into the skin like a good basic moisturizer.
I’m a week into using it and I haven’t experienced any unfavorable reaction yet. However, I don’t know if it actually does something.
The thing with tretinoin is that you’d have to use it for months before you reap the benefits. I’ve been using tretinoin for almost 3 years now and the only way I would know if this one isn’t working is if the effects of my 3-year usage fades away.
I will still finish the tube but I probably won’t buy it again unless they change their MO. I know, harsh. But I’m not gonna throw away 3 years down the drain.
See that other tube in the photo? That’s the moisturizer that came with it which is also half-empty.