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Vitamin A: The Queen of Anti-Aging
In the booming market of anti-aging products, one ingredient continues to be a staple in a dermatologist's arsenal of tools. Retinoids are a group of different forms of Vitamin A, including tretinoin, retinol, retinaldehyde, adapalene, and tazarotene. Retin-A® (tretinoin) is practically a household brand name, especially among women who have ever had to deal with acne or who have sought anti-aging advice. Retin-A® has been in use since 1969, so there are decades of clinical research to support the effectiveness of retinoids for reducing dark spots, fine lines, and acne. Our master estheticians recommend some form of Vitamin A for just about everyone's home care. It's a tried and true product that will really make a difference in the depth of lines and tone of your skin over the long haul.
Things you need to know when using a retinoid:
Expect some redness, flaking, itching, and sensitivity as your skin gets used to the product.Do NOT stop using the product, but you may reduce the frequency of application to every other day. Be sure to only apply a small pea size amount for the entire face. A little goes a long way! Most patients also apply a moisturizer afterwards to ease irritation. Products containing stem cells, such as PCA Rejuvenating Serum and Neocutis Biogel, have been shown to increase patient tolerance of tretinoin. If you still have excessive side effects, talk to your dermatologist about switching to a lower strength or a different form of retinoid.
Use of daily UVA/UVB spf 30+ is MANDATORY. It is very easy to sunburn while using a retinoid.
Stop use of any retinoid at least 3 days before and after any skin care procedure that exfoliates, including facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, Fraxel resurfacing, dermaplaning, and waxing.
Do not use retinoids while pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding.
A gentler over the counter form of Vitamin A is retinol. In a high enough concentration, retinol can be equally as beneficial as its prescription cousins. Renew carries three retinol strengths that are best-sellers among our patients. The Renew Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum is an active retinol with the addition of caffeine to act as an antioxidant and green tea polyphenols to act as an anti-inflammatory and ease irritation. There are no added colors, fragrance, or preservatives, so our retinols have everything you want and nothing you don't.
We invite you to come in for a consultation with one of our master estheticians to determine what Vitamin A product may be best for your skin!