The secrets behind Retin-A and Retinol: The cornerstone of anti aging treatments

All trans retinoic acid, commonly known as Retin-A, is truly the cornerstone of cosmetic medicine and should be included in most, if not all cosmetic treatment regimens. As many of my patients know, a skin conditioning regimen that you can stick to is so very important. With at home skin conditioning, maintenance procedures, and corrective procedures, it is very possible to slow down the aging process or reverse signs of aging by up to 10 years!

Later in the blog series we will discuss what components are in a skin conditioning regimen and why some patients need more than just moisturizer.

Retin-A (a vitamin A derivative) is truly the backbone to the field of anti-aging. The anti-aging revolution was started with this product. Retin-A forces the skin to slowly start making more new collagen. Yes, you read that correctly, new collagen. New collagen equals less fine lines! 

It's important to stick to a few guidelines with Retin-A products:

  • Always wear sunscreen (you can burn easier when using Retin-A)
  • Be consistent: skin needs time to adjust, your skin will likely be dry, flakey, and irritated for two weeks while the pH of your skin adjust to its new regimen
  •  Use a good moisturizer, dry skin looks good on nobody
  • Apply every evening and take a "holiday" a couple times a year. Just stop using the cream for 2-3 weeks
  • If you cant tolerate the strength there are great alternatives: Adapalene and Retinol

I like using skinceuticals skincare products who sell a great Retinol.

Hope this helps everyone know some more about a great product.

Dr. B