Cream Of Youth

by Kelsey Robichaux, Licensed Medical Esthetician

A cream that can diminish wrinkles and fade brown spots, virtually reversing the signs of aging? The answer is Jones Dermatology’s “Cream of youth”! Tretinoin, the most potent form of Vitamin A, has been distinguished as one of the most proven prescribed ingredients since it was patented in the 1970’s.  This topical form of Vitamin A used to treat an array of skin conditions from acne, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and even psoriasis is considered one of the leading prescription ingredients used in dermatology today. Tretinoin was originally used for the treatment of acne upon its discovery in the 70’s. Aside from seeing a remarkable improvement in acne breakouts, all of the patients using this topical noticed another improvement, softening of fine lines and wrinkles and the evening out of discoloration on the skin.

This very potent antioxidant increases our skins natural exfoliation process resulting in a noticeable difference in the complexion’s surface. This increase in cell desquamation promotes new, healthy skin growth in the dermis, the lower level of our skin, causing it to thicken which in turn smooth’s out wrinkles or as I like to say “plumps” them out. Since tretinoin has such a small molecular size it is actually able to penetrate deep into the dermis where DNA repair occurs, allowing it to prevent DNA damage that breaks down collagen which allows the skin to maintain its firmness.

Sounds too good to be true, right? For some people it can be. The number one and most common downfall of this super antioxidant is skin irritation. Peeling, flaking, dryness, and redness are well known side effects of this topical. There are a few things you can do to help with the irritation such as discontinuing use of any other irritating ingredients in your regimen like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and resorcinol. Also, you can start off using a lower strength tretinoin every two or three nights per week and gradually increasing to every night at a higher strength. Finally, the use of tretinoin can make you more sensitive to sunlight so avoiding sun exposure when possible and most importantly wearing a sunscreen are a must. Following all of these guidelines will help with any irritation that tretinoin may cause allowing users to stick with it and see exceptional results.

The use of tretinoin is certainly not a quick fix but when used long-term, it can give remarkable results. Simply put, it’s an anti-aging powerhouse. Even with all of the new discoveries from stem cells to peptides, topical Vitamin A still rules as crème de le crème of the skin care industry. It continues to evolve with new forms of application and unparalleled results.

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