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Since the first retinoid was approved for pimples, acne and zits in 1970s, these drugs have been hailed by many as a cure-all for skin conditions. Although retinoids may not be the answer to every skin condition, there are several with proven results.
Retinoids for Acne, Blackheads and pimples
If you have moderate to severe pimples that hasn’t gotten better with other treatments, a retinoid may help. When spread on the skin, retinoids can unclog pores, allowing other medicated creams and gels to work better.
Retinoids for Wrinkles and fine lines- prevention and reduction
The first retinoid approved by the FDA to treat wrinkles was tretinoin, a retinoic acid. This prescription retinoid increases collagen production in the dermis and stimulates vessels in the skin, giving skin a rosy appearance. Retinoic acid can also fade age spots, and reduce precancerous actinic keratosis. Tretinoin can also act as an exfoliating agent. Over-the-counter retinol may not work as well as tretinoin in wrinkle prevention and reduction, but they can improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin.
How to use: Apply to your face, neck, and chest, at least twice a week.
What else you need to know: It takes 3 to 6 months of regular use before improvements in fine lines and wrinkle are seen, with best results happening after 7 to 9 months.
How to Minimize Risks of retinol – retinoid use
Stay out of the sun. If you must be outdoors, limit your hours, especially between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Use sunscreen preferably with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, and protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a large-brimmed hat.
Never use more of the product or use it more frequently than your doctor prescribes or the package label says. Doing so will not increase its effectiveness, but will increase side effects. Start slowly and increase application frequency.
Use a good moisturizer along with topical retinoids. Doing so will reduce skin drying without interfering with the product’s effectiveness Pregnant women or women who are planning on becoming pregnant should not use retinol-retinoic acid.
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Dr Davin Lim, Brisbane. Australia.