Retinoids offer numerous skin advantages, including improving the skin’s elasticity and thickness, minimising the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes, lightening brown spots and slowing down the breakdown of collagen.
Patricia Farris, a New Orleans dermatologist reports that retinoids are a favorite amongst dermatologists because there is so much scientific evidence on the effectiveness of retinoids.
One example of this can be seen by Carolyn Jacob, a Chicago dermatologist, who stated that she recommends retinoids to all of her patients. She said it is never too early to begin using one of these products.
Retinoids were introduced in the early 1970s for acne. Since then, retinoids have been an effective treatment for a variety of skin conditions, including wrinkles, psoriasis, warts, aging skin and blotchiness and dark spots caused by sun exposure.
How Do Retinoids Work?
Retinoids prompt skin cells to die rapidly so that the new cells underneath can surface. Additionally, retinoids can help slow down collagen breakdown and the deeper layers of the skin where wrinkles first begin.
Retinoids do not thin the skin; they help the skin become thicker. People often think they cause skin thinning because, during the first few week of using retinoids, the skin may peel and become red.
Retinoids can help even skin tones and help reduce brown spots. They work by slowing down the production of melanin.
The Difference between Non-Prescription Retinoids and Prescription Retinoids
Jacob explains for patients who are aging, dermatologists prefer to prescribe a prescription-strength retinoic acid and tretinoin blends, such as Refissa, Renova or Retin-A. These products have one hundred times the amount of retinol than over the counter formulas. Tretinoin helps to prevent collagen breakdown better than other products. Jacob went on to say that most patients who visit a dermatologist with aging skin have already tried over the counter retinol products.
In the over the counter formulas, the retinol changes to retinoic acid when it is applied to the skin.
Farris said that retinol is usually the choice for new patients. This allows their skin to get used to retinol before going to a prescription-strength formula.
Over the counter manufacturers are not required to report how much retinol is in their creams or gels. This may mean that these formulas may not be as effective as other formulas that contain tretinoin. Farris said over the counter creams do help smooth the skin and minimize the damage caused by sun exposure; however, it may take 6 months or longer of daily use for the patient to see any difference.
Conversely, patients using prescription strength retinoids may notice smoother skin and a more even tone in as little as six to eight weeks.
Retinaldehyde is another formula that is available over the counter. This formula is especially beneficial to elderly patients, says Jacob.
Jacobs and Farris have consulted with numerous companies that manufacture retinol and retinoid-based products, including Abbott and Medicis.
These are the three keys to successfully using Retin-A:
1. Always apply at bedtime. Never use Retin-A (tretinoin) during the day.
Do not use Retin-A in conjunction with products containing benzoyl peroxide.
Wait at least thirty minutes after washing your face or applying skin care products to apply Retin A for wrinkles. Keep your Retin A by your bedside table and apply it right before you go to sleep. This will ensure that the appropriate amount of time has passed.
Why Should You Use Retin A?
There are many scientific studies that prove the numerous benefits of tretinoin, including:
- Retin A has proven to help prevent, reduce and reverse wrinkles. The younger you are, the more benefits you will get from using this product; however, it is never too late to begin.
- Retin-A helps to lighten age spots and prevent them from occurring.
- Tretinoin helps thicken collagen and improve the structure of the skin.
- It can help reduce the risk of developing skin cancers.
- When treated with tretinoin, the skin looks younger and better.
This product has been used for decades and will continue to be used because of the many benefits it offers. Most users say the benefits far outweigh any of the inconveniences associated with this product. Are you ready to see if prescription tretinoin is the best choice for you? If so, contact us today. We look forward to discussing our complete range of anti-aging products.