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?
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|
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.
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?