The market is saturated with so many anti-aging products. Because of this, it is important to know which ones are effective at combatting the signs of aging and smoothing wrinkles. One such product used is tretinoin for wrinkles, otherwise known as Retin-A 0.025 percent cream. This cream helps improve the signs of aging, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and can correct sun damage. Additionally, this product treats acne.
How Does the Formula Work?
Retin-A is a topical prescription medicine of tretinoin. This formula has been used to treat people with acne and those with sun-damaged skin. Retin-A is in the class of medications known as retinoids. Retinoids are forms of vitamin A. Retinoids influence a number of processes in the skin cells, including their growth. One way retinoids can improve the skin is by increasing skin cells in the epidermis layer. This causes the skin to thicken which can visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Studies on the effectiveness of Retin-A
Retin-A is one of the most common medications used to treat skin damaged by sun exposure. A study published in the March issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology during 2015 reported that Retin-A considerably reduced the signs of sun damage and improved the appearance of wrinkles. Another study, reported in the January 2012 Journal of Drugs in Dermatology showed that Retin-A significantly improved skin firmness, tone, sun damage, fine and coarse wrinkles. These improvements occurred after users applied the formula twice a week during the first week and three times a week thereafter for a total of three months. Retin-A is available in three separate strengths- 0.025 percent, 0.05 percent and 0.1 percent. Retin-A 0.025 percent works better than the higher strength formulas.
What are the Adverse effects of This Formula?
The most common side effect of Retin-A includes burning, itching, redness and peeling at the application location. These side effects generally occur within the first couple of weeks. You can avoid or minimize side effects by decreasing how often you apply the product. Another way to decrease the risk is to switch to a less irritating formula of retinoid, such as adapalene (Differin). Another side effect of Retin-A is sun, wind and cold sensitivity where the product has been applied. Apply a sunscreen often to help protect your skin from sun damage. You can minimize the side effects of Retin-A by using the 0.025 percent formula rather than the stronger formulas.
Precautions When Using Retin-A
Do not use Retin-A 0.025 percent ointment if you are breastfeeding or pregnant. Avoid sun exposure. If you must go outdoors, wear protective clothing and a large brimmed hat. Apply sunscreen to both uncovered and covered areas. Do not apply the cream near the eyes, nose, mouth or mucous membranes. Avoid applying to broken skin. Unless recommended by your doctor, never combine Retin-A with other topical medications. Avoid applying Retin-A to skin that has eczema or is sunburnt. As Retin-A can cause severe irritation to these areas. Finally, if a reaction occurs, such as redness, swelling or a rash, stop using the cream immediately and contact your doctor.