Sunday, March 23, 2014

Why YOU Should Be Using Retin A

This is a repost from September 2013.  I spruced it up and rewrote it for you cause that's how I roll!  Actually I am always asked which skin care product I would NOT be without so I thought this post deserved another look-see.  Hope you find it helpful!


Is Retin A the Fountain of Youth?   
  



  Retin A (aka Trentinoin) is my first love for an anti-aging weapon.  I have been using this product for over 20 years.  A dermatologist first introduced it to me (Thank you, Dr.  Coynik).   I was 28 at the time and didn't realize I was in possession of the 'fountain of youth' in a tube.

 I would use it occasionally.  A couple of nights here or there.  As soon as my face would get red or start to peel I would stop using it.  I didn't know how to use it correctly.  When I reached my mid 30's I investigated it further and discovered WHY I should be using it.  I am now 49 and my skin looks better than when I was in my 20's.  Retin A has become a staple in my skin care regime.

Retin A was first introduced in the 1970's for acne.  However after several months of use patients were noticing that not only was their acne clearing up, but their skin was smoother as well.  After several years of testing the FDA approved it for the treatment of wrinkles. In fact, it is the only FDA approved anti-wrinkle cream! Remember that the next time you are tempted to purchase the latest and greatest anti-aging product at the drugstore. 


The FDA will only allow over the counter products to go no lower the epidermis.  That is the top layer of skin.  In order for a product to be effective you need it to go down into the dermis.  This is where collagen and elastin are. The good stuff!
Photo courtesy of Medscape

Retin A  is a Vitamin A derivative.  It promotes the formation of healthy new skin by speeding up the cellular turnover rate of skin.  The older we get the slower our cell turnover rate becomes.  When we are younger, our skin cell turnover rate is every 14 days.  In our teens to early 20's cell turnover is every 21-28 days. 
By the time we reach 50 cell turnover can take 1-1/2 to 3 months!

What do I mean by skin cell turnover rate?  It is the rate at which skin cells are used and renewed.  We are constantly shedding skin cells and depending on your age, your cell turnover rate is how long it takes for new skin cells to reach the top layer of skin.

Because Retin A increases cell turnover the dermis thickens.  This stimulates collagen production and increases blood flow to the skin.  The results are fewer wrinkles, tighter, smoother more even toned skin.  Retin A will also increase your skin's natural hyaluronic acid.  Additionally it will decrease oil production and unclog pores.  Who wouldn't want that?!


So is Retin A the fountain of youth?  It is pretty darn close!!  Retin A has over 30 years of science behind it.  It is still the gold standard in the medical society for anti-aging and acne.
Retin A is prescription only.  It should not be used by anyone pregnant or nursing.

As I have discovered, there is a learning curve when using this product.  For tips on how to use it and not have your face turn into a hot mess I wrote this post 'How To Use Retin A Correctly'

So now you know.  Retin A is a product I will never stop using.  Have you ever used Retin A?  What was your experience with it?

Till next time.  Have a beautiful skin day!  Your Esthetic Goddess,  Susie


45 comments:

  1. As soon as I wean the baby I shall lather myself in retin A. I'm looking tired and haggard lately.

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  2. I used to use RetinA Micro for acne! I loved it!
    This is such great info. I am 33 and I'd love to look like I'm in my 20's...for many years! Thank you.

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    1. Get you rx renewed, Tamara and start using it. At 49 I still get mistaken for 28 and part of that is from using Retin A faithfully!

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  3. Do you know if it is okay to use if you have Rosacea?

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    1. Julie, it all depends on your degree of Rosacea. Some can tolerate and other can not. You would start with the lowest strength for certain. There are other vitamin A rx's like Differin that will still have anti-aging benefits but not be as irritating to your Rosacea. This is definitely worth a discussion with your dermatologist.

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  4. Okay, so this is the third time in the last 5 days that someone has recommended Retin-A. I am going to think of the third time as the charm and do it! :)-Ashley

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    1. Go for it, Ashley! There is nothing like Retin A for your skin!

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  5. I need to use it. My skin is starting to look blah.

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  6. Oh my goodness, EstheticGoddess!!! Ding, ding, ding!!! You said *I* hit it out of the park today? Nah, my sister...YOU did: Retin A is The Bomb. End of story. Case closed.

    I first discovered this miracle in college when I was having my first (and last) case of serious acne. After regular use, my skin was changed forever. I don't use it now, as I am nursing. But, man, is it awesome.

    Thank you for another awesome post!

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    1. Thank you my sister from another mother! If peeps would realize how great it is then they could stop wasting money on skin care products that will never deliver on their empty promises. They would have more money to spend on hair products! ;)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Sounds really great! Are their no harsh chemicals? Are there any known side effects?

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    1. When used correctly you can avoid side effects. I actually wrote a second half to this post explaining what the side effects are and how to use Retin A correctly. http://www.estheticgoddess.com/2014/02/how-to-use-retin-correctly.html You definitely have to ease into using it!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I love skincare! Glad I found your blog, looks like there is a ton to read here!

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    1. Oh I am all about the skin care! Glad to have you here and if there is a subject you are interested in knowing more about just let me know!

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  9. Retin A sounds like a winner. Thanks for all the information. I wonder if it's hard to get a prescription.

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    1. It's awesome, Nicole! It's not hard to get an rx for. I would look into Trentinoin first. It is the generic version of Retin A and will be less expensive but still deliver the same benefits.

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  10. I hadn't ever heard of Retin A, but I'm interested! I'm 31 and I have some orange peel texture and some small wrinkles on my forehead from sun worshipping in my earlier years. I'm always afraid to try a new skin care product because my skin is sensitive. For example, I recently found out that I have a salicylate allergy from using an acne face wash with salicyclic acid.

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    1. Wow salicylate allergy is rare and usually if you have that then you have a n aspirin allergy too. I am allergic to benzoyl peroxide. Makes me itch just thinking about it.

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    2. It seems to be a very minor allergy as I just break out in hives and get itchy, but it's still annoying. How is a girl to treat acne without salicyclic acid? Sheesh skin...

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    3. Hmmmm are you sure it's a true allergy? A lot of my clients falsely believe they are allergic to Retin A when they first start using it but it is an extreme exfoliator so if not used correctly will cause itchy, flaky, red skin. That is why I wrote a second half to this post on how to use this. There are tons of great products you can use for your acne. I would pay a visit to your derm and see what your options are. Differin is another vitamin A based rx that many with sensitive skin can used for both acne and wrinkles.

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  11. Such interesting information! I have never used Retin A but now I am thinking about it - sounds wonderful!
    I have noticed my skin is changing over the past year or so - I used to be oily/normal and now it is tending to feel a little dry at times. I think I need to look at a new routine. :)

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    1. Kim, Retin A is da bomb! Feel free to contact me and I can help you figure out what product may benefit your skin better.

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  12. I'm going to keep this in mind as I think I need kick my normal routine up a notch! Thanks for the explanation and review! :)

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    1. Dee, Retin A will indeed kick it up a notch! You may want to read the second half of this post on how to use as it can have some side effects in the beginning but when used properly can be avoided. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Thanks for the great tips and super useful info. Can't wait to try the Retin-A.

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    1. You will love it, Heather! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. I've heard of this stuff, but never really knew much about it! It sounds like an amazing product, and definitely one worth picking up! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. It's the best on so many levels, Louise! Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Glycolic Acid - Retin-A........ Not the same thing. What are your thoughts on Glycolic Acid because I use that pretty much every day! :-/

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    1. GiGi, I use a few different Glycolic products too. Serums, cleanser, chemical peels, and body lotion.(Did I mention I'm a product whore?!) The body lotion is great for lessening stretch marks by the way. Anyhoo Glycolic is great for sloughing off the top layer of dead skin but it doesn't go as deep as Retin A. Retin A goes down into your dermis and regenerates you collagen and elastin. 2 of my favorite things! We stop producing collagen when we hit 20 and then it just starts to decline as we age. This is why it's important to use a product like Retin A. It really is one of the best rx's to use to keep your skin youthful!

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    2. Thank you so much for that!!!! While I am very educated in the nutrition world, when it comes to skin care, definitely not as much! **Although I know eating healthy helps skin too** :D

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    3. Most definitely! A healthy balanced life style goes hand in hand with keeping you looking youthful!

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  16. Thanks for posting. I have thought about using Retin A for years, I'm definitely going to ask my dermatologist about it now!

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    1. You won't regret it, Rhonda. Retin A is the best for anti aging!

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  17. Can you use Retin A if you have rosacea? I do (and my face gets red easily) but my skin is also mega oily. (I've used Accutane twice in my life for acne. I don't have acne now, but the oil remains) --Lisa

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    1. You can, Lisa. You would definitely want to start with the lowest strength. .025%. Use a pea size amount every 3rd night and slowly let your skin get acclimated to it before using it every night. You can also wait 20 minutes after you have cleansed your face and apply a moisturizer first to have a buffer between your skin and the Retin A. This will help avoid some of the side effects of Retin A like red, peeling, itching skin. If you get a chance make sure to read my second part of this post. How to Use Retin A Correctly. Also if there are other vitamin A prescription based products that some of my clients who weren't able to tolerate Retin A use for anti aging. Differin, Tazorac, and Avage just to name a few. Lastly, Lisa I tell you to embrace your oil, woman! It does help your skin to stay looking younger longer! In the end that's all that matters!

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    2. P.S. Lisa, my skin gets red easily too. I can scratch my neck ever so lightly and it looks like I was in a brawl with someone!

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    3. Thanks so much, Susie! I am going to call and schedule a dermatologist appointment on Monday so I can get myself a prescription! My stupid, oily skin doesn't know it's 46 yet--I think it still thinks it is a teen (I wish my energy level felt that way!) I will try to embrace my oil! (and if it does help me stay younger looking longer then I will no longer dis it so much!!) --Lisa

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    4. Anytime, Lisa! If you have anymore concerns you know where to find me!

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  18. i know I should be finding a dermatologist and getting a prescription for Retin A, but it takes so darn long around here to get an appointment and I just keep putting it off. I'm using retinol products, and it helps a little. But as you have pointed out, it doesn't get to where the action is. Thanks for the nudge

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    1. You won't be sorry. Retin A is totally worth the wait!

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