How To Get Start With Retin A – an Anti Aging Ingredient


The most proven prescription skin-renewing cream — Retin A

Retin A, also known as tretinoin, has been a prescription form of topical vitamin A for 45 years and is a member of a key family of skin care medications called the retinoids. Retin-A has been used since the 1960s for treating acne and therefore has a long proven history of safety. It is a powerful antioxidant and studies have shown that this compound can decrease and reverse the signs of aging of the skin.

The benefits of Retin A to protect and build collagen

Retin A or retinoids regulate the growth of the epidermis, decrease inflammation and improve immune function. Retin A is a prescription drug. You cannot buy it at the beauty counter. Retin A, a drug in cream form, has been clinically proven to improve the epithelium, stimulate new collagen production, prevent collagen breakdown and lessen pigmentation.

Retin A may cause irritation

Retin A is too irritating for many people, however. If it is used too frequently or at too high a strength Tretinoin (Retin-A) cream can cause problems with skin dryness, redness and flaking. However, these side effects are avoidable and some of the lower-strength creams (0.025per cent) used nightly, on alternate nights or even every third night, can reverse skin aging.

Newer, less-irritating compounds are Renova and Retin A Micro.

Which strength to use

Retin A comes in different strengths 0.01%, 0.025%, 0.05%, and 0.1%. Start with the lowest percentage to see if you can tolerate the product well before you gradually increase the strength.

To begin

If who are starting on Retin-A, in particular if you have a sensitive skin, always begin with Retin-A 0.025 per cent cream applied every other night. If after four weeks there is no redness or flaking, it can be applied nightly, some people benefit from an increase to a 0.05 per cent strength. A dermatologist will advise. The face should be cleaned with a moisturizing wash such as Cetaphil or Aquanil or pH 5.5 to reduce irritancy. A moisturizer (such as E45 cream, Eucerin, Vaseline or Nivea face creams) should be applied as required on the nights when Retin-A is not applied, and at other times in the day.

If you find that retinoids are irritating to the point that they are preventing you from using your other anti-aging remedies, try either using your retinoid cream less frequently, like every other day instead of on a daily basis, or try a milder, more moisturizing version, or trading back down to retinol, the non-prescription strength. It’s better to combat the aging process from all angles with a variety of different ingredients (antioxidants, exfoliating acids, vitamin C etc) instead of relying on a single ingredient that tackles only one aspect.

Vital sun protection when using Retin A

You must wear sunscreen while using Retin A because the drug can sensitize your skin to the sun. A broad-spectrum moisturizing sunscreen should be applied every morning. Wearing an SPF 30 will help prevent further damage and worsening of any damage you already have.

STOP using Retin A if you are…

Vitamin A and its derivatives can cause birth defects. Therefore, Retin A should not be used by women who are pregnant and dosages higher than those recommended should be avoided.

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