Tretinoin is the generic name for Retin-A, Retin-A micro, Avite, Atralin, or Renova. Most people will refer to tretinoin as Retin-A. Retin-A is the second most important topical skin care product used to maintain youthful skin, behind daily use of sunscreen. Many people are familiar with Retin-A for the treatment of acne in younger patients. However, the skin rejuvenation effects of Retin-A have made it the top skin treatment. Retin-A requires a prescription and is NEVER sold over the counter.
Products containing retinol ARE NOT the same as products containing Retin-A. Retinol is the precursor to Retina-A. When applied to the skin, a portion is converted by the enzymes in the skin to Retin-A. The retinol products can be used as a first line treatment for those who are sensitive to Retin-A. If skin sensitivity is not an issue, Dr. Maloney recommends using Retin-A for improving the signs of aging. As products containing retinol are weaker, using a retinol will not lead to the same level of results.
In response to repeated trauma our skin thickens. A great example of this occurs when golfers, gardeners, or tennis players develop callouses on their hands from repeatedly using their equipment. The same thing happens to the face and neck after years of repeated sun and wind damage. The skin thickens and we say the complexion dulls.
Our skin has two layers. The first layer is the outer protective layer and the second is the supporting layer with the collagen. Retin-A has several benefits for our skin:
- It helps to exfoliate the outer layer, bringing it down to a more normal thickness.
- It stimulates the blood supply to the skin.
- It lightens dark spots
- It decreases the incidence of skin cancers.
The outer layer of skin is constantly growing. When we are in our twenties, the skin is growing in a very organized fashion. As we begin to mature, the growth pattern becomes more disorganized leading to pre-cancers and skin cancers. Retin-A helps to restore the orderly growth pattern, thus making our skin not only look better, but it is actually healthier.
How to Use Retin-A
How to Apply:
Who Should Not Use Retin-A:
Retin-A should be discontinued a few days to one week, depending on one’s skin, prior to waxing or prolonged sun exposure. Pregnant or breast feeding women should not use Retin-A, as the safety of Retin-A has not been studied in this group.
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