Why does Retin A work?


Retin A is one of the most popular skin care products on the market today and rightfully so with its numerous benefits. Retin A which is the popular name for the main ingredient tretinoin is a synthetic form of vitamin A which has been used for about 20 years as an acne treatment before it began to be recognized for its remarkable skin care qualities. Many other ingredients have some great anti-aging benefits and can help your skin look great but few can come close to having as many as Retin A, which is why it’s quickly becoming a popular ingredient in many anti-wrinkle creams.

There are few ingredients as powerful as Retin A which has been proven to work on a microcellular level from underneath the skin and its benefits are many.

Skin cells contain retinoid receptors that help regulate how the cell functions. As people age, their cells behave more erratically. “But consistent use of Retin-A helps normalize the cells,” says Dr. Min-Wei Christine Lee, a dermatologist as quoted in the NY Times.

It acts as an exfoliant helping your skin to shed the old damaged layers and more quickly produce new undamaged ones. It can smooth the texture of your skin and and fade pigmentation spots and freckles because it causes cells to turn over more quickly. It shrinks enlarged pores and sloughs off old cells within the pores so they are less likely to clog and become pimples.

Retin A also helps in the retention of Collagen,  which is what gives our skin its firmness and elasticity. Sun damage and aging cause our cells to produce less collagen to repair damage resulting in aged skin, wrinkles, and sags. Retin A increases collagen production and has the ability to stop and slow the effects of aging skin before they even begin. Retinoids have been show to prevent the rise of collagenase after sunlight exposure which is what breaks down collagen. Regular use of a Retin A product will also help boost the amount of collagen created and firm your skin from underneath on a microcellular level to reduce wrinkles, sags, and lines.

The worst thing about Retin A are the initial side effects when you first start using the product. It may actually cause your skin to look worse with redness, flakiness, and peeling for up to 8 weeks but after 24 weeks you should see great improvements. In order to reap the benefits of Retin A it’s important to stick with it

One should start out by using just a very small pea sized amount on their face about every three nights until they feel comfortable using the cream more often. Gradually switch to every other night and work up to using the cream on a daily basis for best results. Give your skin time to adjust to the Retin A product and you too can reap its benefits.

Avoid using with other products like glycolic acid or vitamin c which could irritate the skin. It’s recommended to use a good moisturizer over Retin A to help moisturize and soothe the skin but it’s recommended that you wait at least 20 minutes after applying the product to allow your skin to absorb it.

Many doctors, cosmetic surgeons, and dermatologists agree that if you’re going to use just one product on your skin make it Retin A. So why not try our Better Complexions .1% Retin A tretinoin cream? If you stick with it you definitely won’t regret it.

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