Retain Your Youthfulness with Retinol


For many years the number one skin care product prescribed to minimize wrinkles and fight aging was Retin A. Retin A is a topical prescription of vitamin A. Tretinoin is a commonly prescribed Retin A. The benefit of using vitamin A in your regular skin care regimen is to stimulate collagen growth.

The aging process in our skin breaks down the collagen and elasticity or the firmness and youthfulness of our skin causing fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. Charlotte plastic surgeons understand the main benefit of Retin A to be the speeding up of  healing processes replenishing our skin’s youthfulness and firmness.

There are a couple negatives to using Retin A in your daily skin care regimen. Your skin can become red, dry and sometimes irritated. When beginning a regimen of Retin A, it is recommended to begin using it slowly. Applying it every third night is usually a good start for the first two weeks. Second, vitamin A can cause sunburn if you are overexposed to the sun or tanning beds. While using a regimen of Retin A it is highly recommended you wash your face in the morning and apply an appropriate sunblock. Limiting your exposure to the sun is also recommended.

Retin A is definitely not for everyone. Retinol is an appropriate alternative to prescription vitamin A. Retinols are more tolerable and esthetically user friendly. SkinMedica offers a retinol product, Retinol Complex, with results as good as prescription Retin A. It includes ingredients to help protect the skin to reduce irritation, dryness and redness.

In the warmer months or when planning a beach vacation users of retinol products do need to be cautious of overexposure to the sun. It is not always necessary to eliminate vitamin A products in the summer months. You can lower the dosage you are using or not use it as frequently. And remember to wear sunblock!

Avoid using vitamin A products during the warmer months or during vacation if you are someone who enjoys tanning or is not diligent about reapplication of your SPF.

It is possible to maintain or establish more youthful skin without the use of retinols. We recommend an easy to follow regimen of regular exfoliation, the use of growth factors (wound healers), skin brighteners, antioxidants and of course daily use of a sunblock. SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum is the number one Charlotte plastic surgeon and staff recommended product for facial rejuvenation to help reestablish youthful, long lasting results. TNS Essential serum includes growth factors and antioxidants to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and the tone of the skin. It also supports the skin’s natural ability to rejuvenate or heal itself and prevent continuous free radical damage. This is two products in one easy application.

Do you have more questions about Retin A or the use of other retinols? If so, contact our Charlotte Plastic Surgeons today!