Retin A and Retinol for Anti Aging

Retinol, also known as tretinoin, is a derivative of vitamin A that is a potent enemy of both acne and wrinkles. Studies have shown that the retinoic acid that is a major ingredient in retinol promotes the production of collagen, which helps plump out wrinkles and add some volume back into the aging face.

Another huge bonus of using retinol is that it protects skin from the damage caused by the enzyme collagenase, which breaks down the collagen layer of the skin in the presence of sunlight.

Within a few months of daily use of prescription Retin A, the skin begins to fill out lines and age spots begin to vanish. Individuals from any age group can benefit from using Retin A; however, most who use it tend to be in the 40-50 age group.

Retinol for Anti Aging

Retin A use is not all full of sunshine and flowers, though. Many individuals using retinol, particulary when beginning treatment with the product, experience quite a bit of irritation, including redness, peeling and persistent dryness.

You must persevere if you decide to use Retin A for anti aging skin care, as results typically are not seen before two-to-four months’ time has passed. Treatment is for a lifetime as well: if you stop using retinol, those lines and wrinkles that had vanished with its use will re-appear, along with the age spots that you thought were gone for good.

If you decide to go a slightly less-harsh route for anti aging skin care, there are many skin care lines that offer retinol, which is also a milder vitamin A derivative, as an ingredient. As the concentration of the retinoic acid in these products is lower than that of the prescription Retin A, they will definitely provide some benefits, albeit not as dramatic as prescription Retin A may be.

As well, this OTC version of retinoic acid is less irritating to the skin. Even gentler-still are even milder derivatives of vitamin A such as retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate and retinyl linoleate that are featured in some skin care lines.

Skin care products containing retinol, whether they are prescription-based or OTC should be protected from exposure to light and air, as these break down the active ingredients in retinol.

Some have called for skin care lines to begin printing the concentration of retinol contained in their products right on their labels, but many manufacturers have decided not to do this. This is because many individuals would automatically purchase the product with the highest concentration of retinol, without a thought as to the side-effect that may occur.

Retinol, like Retin A, may take careful building up to full dosage in order to avoid skin irritation, so merely reaching for the most powerful product is not always in your best interest.

Skin care lines that contain retinol and derivatives include Olay Professional Pro-X, Vichy, RoC, L’Oreal Paris, and Dermaglow, so look for these names in your local drug and department stores if you are interested in filling out lines and plumping up the look of your skin.

Douglas M. Jacobs

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