We all know by now that aging is not a process that we can put an end to. It has been a nice thing to see many people change their perspective on aging in recent years. Yes, we’ve got dermal fillers and Botox. We’ve got lasers and light treatments. We’re even still seeing good numbers for cosmetic surgery procedures like facelifts. However, and this is a big deal, the results that people are seeking today are much milder and natural-looking than they were in decades past. This indicates that we don’t necessarily want to go way back in time, we just want to feel good as we go through our aging process.
To manage aging skin may mean certain treatments. It also means good routine care. Retin-A, a brand of retinoic acid, may be a magical part of this regimen.
Retin-A is a prescription topical solution that has been around for decades. Tretinoin is the generic form of this drug. It’s cream that is applied to the face on a regular basis to improve overall vibrancy, tone, and texture. Initially, Retin-A was known as a reliable acne treatment, which it still can be for some people.
We usually hear about the weak points of topical skincare products. Retin-A doesn’t fit into that conversation. First, because it is prescription strength. You may have heard of retinol and how good it is to have that ingredient in your store-bough skincare products. Retinol is a minute form of retinoic acid (which doesn’t do much for your skin) that has been rather hyped-up through marketing campaigns. Prescription strength makes a huge difference in efficacy, as we have seen through the consistent performance of Retin-A over many years.
The second aspect of retinoic acid in a prescription form that is somewhat magical is how it works. On the surface, this mild acid expedites the turnover of skin cells. We want this because the dead and damaged skin cells that clog up the surface of your skin do clog it; they prevent the penetration of moisturizers and other supportive products. These cells are also dull; they steal your radiance. To speed up their exit is a good thing. A really good thing.
While many dermatologists support the use of Retin-A or comparable prescriptions, this cream is not right for everyone. Also, while it is beneficial, it is not capable of eliminating severe sagging and wrinkling; those are problems better left to innovative technologies or, when preferred, surgery.
Learn more about Retin-A for your skin. Call our Teaneck office at 201-836-9696.