Skin care ingredients can be confusing.
While it can be easy to fall into the trap of the alluring promises of tight, bright and youthful looking skin, it’s important to know what goes on at the chemical level with the active ingredients that are in your skin care routine.
Whether you are dealing with acne breakouts early on in life or struggling with the effects due to aging, many people turn to Tretinoin for help with these issues and don’t even realize it.
What is Tretinoin you ask? Tretinoin belongs to a class of medications called retinoids – which is one of the most widely researched and proven skincare ingredients available – and is actually the unsung hero of the skin care world.
Retinoids: The fountain of youth
Retinoids are widely hailed as the best cure-all treatment because of all the hard work it does for your skin behind the scenes.
Retinoid is the term used to describe a group of topical compounds that are derived from vitamin A – of which there are three:
- Adapalene: differin, differin XL
- Tretinoin: steiva a, retin A micro, SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0
- Tazarotene: tazorac
*Also note that this is not the full list of brands.
Now what exactly is Tretinoin?
Think of Tretinoin as floss for your face. It works to open pores, helps turnover the skin, evens the pigment tone and texture.
As a pharmaceutical form of retinoic acid available only by prescription, Tretinoin is a vitamin A based retinoid used to treat acne other skin diseases partly by keeping skin pores clear. Tretinoin is the most used and most studied anti-aging compound on the market.
Retinol converts to retinoic acid and is often considered a more tolerable form of vitamin A.
It can be irritating, so start slow to around 3 times a week and work your way up to daily use. Your skin can peel if it’s too irritating or strong so it’s wise to use medications first and then face cream after if it’s too irritating. SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is the ideal formulation to combine with retinoids as it restores the skin’s essential lipids, minimizing irritation, peeling and redness while also providing an anti-aging effect .
What are the benefits of using Tretinoin?
While we all love to have sun kissed skin and crave the warmth during the sun depraved winter days, we objectively know that the sun is very harmful and the damaging rays can wreak havoc to the skin.
Sunscreens and antioxidants should always be paired when utilizing retinoids as the skin becomes photosensitive. Antioxidants provide advanced environmental protection and are clinically proven to treat an array of skin conditions while sunscreen will provide protection from the ultraviolet rays preventing free radical damage.
Retinoids like Tretinoin work to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen. They also stimulate the production of new blood vessels in the skin, which improves skin color. After some time, you will notice that your skin tone will be firmer, skin texture smoother, and your overall complexion will be brighter.
Tretinoin works to treat:
- Fine wrinkles,
- Dark spots
- Rough skin on the face,
- And fading age spots.
How does Tretinoin work?
Tretinoin helps promote cell turnover by lightening the skin, replacing older skin with newer skin, and slows down the way the body removes skin cells that may have been harmed by the sun. It helps to stimulate collagen, which leads to the youthful, clearer-skin and unclogs pores by preventing dead cells from building up.
Tretinoin works best when used within a skin care program and usually takes three to six months of regular use before improvements in wrinkles are apparent—and the best results take six to 12 months and must be used continually to maintain their benefits.
It is not safe to use in pregnancy or lactation – so talk to your doctor before.
SkinCeuticals retinol cream to improve the signs of aging
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