Retinoids for Wrinkles and Aging Skin

Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives, ranging from prescription creams to over-the-counter retinols. Prescription formulas tend to be stronger and thus more effective than OTC retinols. Since the retinol is slowly converted to retinoic acid which is the active ingredient in prescription creams, it will take about 12 weeks to see an improvement of the skin if you use a retinol while a different in the skin will be noticeable in 4-8 weeks if you use a prescription.

Retinoid for wrinkles and aging skinThere are three prescription retinoids: tretinoin (brands include Atralin, Avita, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Renova), tazarotene (Avage, Tazorac), and adapalene (Differin). Tazarotene is the strongest while adapalene is the gentlest. Renova is good for dry skin as it is emollient based. Differin is suitable for people with sensitive skin because it is gentle.

Anti-Aging Benefits of Retinoids

Retinoids stimulate collagen production and speed cell turnover. They are excellent treatments to reduce uneven skin tone, fine line, wrinkles, aging skin, dullness, age spots, and acne. Many research studies have shown that people who have used a retinoid for years look younger than their counterparts.

Side Effects of Retinoids

Retinoids can cause your skin to become dry, red, flaky, and irritated. These problems can be avoided if you build up your tolerance gradually. If you are a first time user and apply a retinoid every day, your skin will turn red and peel a lot.

How to Apply a Retinoid?

– Start off slowly. Many people give up on a retinoid after a few weeks because their skin becomes irritated. To avoid irritation, apply a retinoid every third days for the first two weeks. After your skin adjusts to the product, use it every other day for the next 2 weeks and build up to daily use. If your skin peels, stop applying the retinoid for a few days.

– Apply a retinoid only at night. A retinoid itself is sensitive to sunlight so applying it during the day can cause inflammation.

– Dab only a pea-size amount of retinoid 20 minutes after washing your face. Applying retinoids on wet skin increases sensitivity and irritation. In addition, avoid sensitive areas such as lip and upper eyelids.

– Apply a basic moisturizer a few minutes after using a retinoid. You need to moisturize the skin since the retinoid makes your skin dry. Additional skincare treatments which can cause dryness such as benzoyl peroxide, skin acids, vitamin C, or other antiagers should be applied only in the morning.

– Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen every morning. Retinoids remove dead skin cells which are skin’s natural protection against sun exposure. In addition, UV rays are the main causes of wrinkle, age spots, and aging skin.

– Avoid using scrubs, exfoliation, alcohol-based toners and astringents, and medicated cleansers and makeup. These products make your skin dry.

– Apply a retinoid to other parts of your body. Most people get a great response on the neck, chest, and hands where wrinkles and age spots have developed.

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