Topical retinoid or retinoic acid is Vitamin A. Its synthetic precursors are retinol and retinaldehyde. These compounds have been long-proven to improve acne, but since the mid-80s, they have been clinically shown to remarkably improve the texture of skin of all types, and specifically aging or photo-damaged skin. There is a clinically measured reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, a reduction in enlarged pores, and hyperpigmentation. We now know that retinoids work by boosting cell turnover, specifically boosting collagen production and slowing its breakdown resulting in a renewed, plumper skin surface. These products also decrease the formation of actinic keratosis or rough spots due to photo-aging, and they actively stimulate new blood vessel formation in the epidermis giving the skin a noticeably healthy glow.
The pure Vitamin A or Tretinoin is very effective, but some cannot tolerate the irritation and peeling it takes to get results, and it may be difficult to get to that tolerance phase where these side effects decrease. Most anti-aging products now contain the milder forms of retinal or retinaldehyde or retinol. These derivatives are converted in the skin to retinoic acid, and are milder in its effects, but also easier to titrate with little or no irritation. Results may take a bit longer, but are just as significant and sustainable.
We recommend products with concentrations of .5% or 1%, and gradually increasing from application 1-2 nights a week to eventually a nightly regimen. Results will be visible in as few as 3 months with consistent use. Adding regular application to your skin care routine in your 20’s and 30’s or at any age, can improve and maintain a smoother, more youthful skin appearance.
MOST SKIN CARE EXPERTS AGREE THIS MAY BE THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT TO ADD TO YOUR SKIN CARE REGIMEN TO FIGHT THE EFFECTS OF AGING.
We recommend these professional grade skincare products that can be purchased in our office:
Call us for a personal skincare consultation and we will help you find a regimen tailored to your specific skincare concerns.
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