A viral TikTok dermatologist named this $30 over-the-counter retinol his favorite

Danelle Sandoval
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Finding the perfect retinol isn’t always an easy task — especially when you’re on a budget. From high-end options to dermatologist-approved formulas, retinoids can usually cost a pretty penny.

While it’s crucial to talk to a skincare professional about what product will work best for you, a viral TikTok dermatologist known as Dr. Tomassian made a video showing one over-the-counter retinol that’s his favorite. And, it’s under $30 on Amazon.

Shop: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1%, $29.99

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

Developed and tested by dermatologists, La Roche-Posay’s adapalene gel treatment can help, “clear and prevent blackheads, whiteheads, clogged pores and acne blemishes,” according to its description. This oil and fragrance-free product additionally includes “a prescription-strength retinoid,” and it won’t clog your pores.

Along with being approved by Dr. Tomassian, many Amazon shoppers also can’t help but rave about it.

“[It’s the] best, most effective skincare ever!” explained one five-star reviewer. “This is the only product I have used that actually works on texture, lines [and] brown spots without causing major flaking and irritation. I’ve been using [it] for only two weeks, and yet the difference is extremely [visible].”

Another shopper explained, “This is straight-up the best [over-the-counter] retinol in the world. This will tighten your face and give you glass skin better than any serum.”

It’s important to note that using retinol can cause breakouts when first applying it to your skin. However, many reviewers explained that it’s worth sticking to in the long haul.

“You won’t miraculously wake up one day after using it and find beautiful movie-star skin. In fact, it will most likely make you break out for the first week to a month after using it while your skin clears and gets [used] to it,” another five-star reviewer wrote.

With all things considered, if you’re looking to add a retinol to your skincare arsenal, this fan-favorite, dermatologist-approved option won’t break the bank. And if you decide to take the plunge, it’s essential to apply SPF before going into the sun after using it.

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