Let’s face it, not everyone is blessed with perfect skin. For those of us who must feel the wrath of acne, wrinkles, uneven skin tone or hyper-pigmentation- there may be a solution. Developed over 30 years ago, Retin-A has dominated the market for acne treatments. Retin-A is also a suitable treatment for wrinkles. It has been proven effective time and time again for frustrated individuals who have had to suffer through acne breakouts. Retin-A creams are not available over the counter and usually require a prescription from a physician.
How Retin-A Works:
Derived from Vitamin A, Retin-A works its magic by increasing cell turnover. In other words, it clears out the old skin cells and allows the growth of new cells. This aids in the prevention of clogged pores, the main cause of acne. By doing so, Retin-A Creams also helps fine lines, wrinkles and can even fade facial dark spots. It works by providing very strong exfoliation for your skin. It will also help to restore vibrancy and radiance to the skin by reducing oiliness.
Retin-A can be used in a cream or gel form. Depending on your skin type, there are various percentages in which you can use. It is best to get a prescription cream to ensure you are receiving the correct dose for your skin type. The doses rang anywhere from: 0.01%, 0.025%, 0.05%, or 0.1%. Trying to get Retin-A with no prescription? Just be sure to check the generic brands to insure they include tretinoin, the generic name for Retin-A.
How to use it?
Retin-A is best used in the evening hours on a clean and dry face. Be sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly, as it will warrant best results. Refrain from using additional moisturizes as it will only interfere with the effects of Retin-A. After cleansing your skin, wait about 10-20 minutes before applying the cream or gel. You want to insure that your skin is completely dry before application. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way! Use small amounts when applying all over the face.
When you first start using a Retin-A cream or gel, be sure to only use it every other night. It is best to let your skin adjust to its effects. Once you establish an application schedule that works best for your skin, stick with it. Persistence is key to how successful Retin-A can be. For some, it may be every other night or possibly every third night. Either way, do not over do it. Retin-A can work its miracle even in small doses.
As with most creams, some individuals may undergo some side effects. Pay attention your skin. Some people may have very sensitive skin and therefore cannot tolerate Retin-A Creams. The most common side effects include irritated, peeling, and dry sensitive skin. Sun sensitivity is common with Retin-A use so be sure to use a sunscreen during the day.
To the tried and true users, Retin-A Creams are a miracle product. Some may battle with the initial dryness and peeling skin- but with continued application and persistence, the miracle of Retin-A will prevail. The key is patience. Rome was not built in a day, just as your acne cannot be cleared in a night. As with most great experiences, it will be worth the wait. Retin-A is the only product that has been scientifically proven to reverse the signs of aging, acne, and sun damage. With correct application and proper use, the benefits are endless.