one of the most powerful of the Vitamin A's
The Vitamin A acid, tretinoin, is retinoic acid.
Derived from vitamin A, this
multitasking skin care ingredient is a form of retinoid. A Vitamin A an active anti-aging ingredient forms the cornerstone for effective skin rejuvenation.
Skin care products containing stronger concentrations of this active anti-aging ingredient are only available by prescription such as Renova and Retin A.
As a very powerful derivative of Vitamin A, this form of retinoic acid is used as a rejuvenation treatment due to its many medical and cosmetic benefits.
Its topical formulations are recommended by Dermatologists and Spa professionals for anything from acne to skin aging, and its oral formulations can help to treat certain types of cancers.
Retinoic acid is a natural organic compound found in natural products containing carotene, such as carrots or pumpkins as well as dark leafy greens such as spinach.
Vitamin A plays a vital role in cosmetics and photoaging. Clinical studies consistently show vitamin A's prevent collagen loss, as well as actually stimulating collagen production. It is one of only a handful of topical agents known to do this. Studies have demonstrated improvement in wrinkling of the skin in both short-term and long-term application.
Studies have demonstrated that retinols stimulate cell turnover and
Typically, the stronger forms of vitamin A are prescribed to treat acne although it has become increasingly popular as an anti-aging treatment as well because this vitamin is absorbed by the skin so well it is able to stimulate cell renewal.
Clinical Evidence shows. . .
The stimulation of cell renewal allows the new skin cells to increase collagen production giving the skin a fuller, firmer look and that translates into a younger more youthful appearance.
Studies have demonstrated that vitamin A treatments:
- Reduce both wrinkles and fine lines
- Increase collagen production
- Smooth skin texture
- Increase skin thickness
- Improve elasticity
- Improve acne
- Improve overall skin tone
- Diminishes mottled pigmentation
- Increases skin hydration
Tretinoin information reveals that this treatment is the strongest of the Vitamin A's and can be very irritating to the skin. The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions consumers about the irritating properties of tretinoin and advises that close supervision be maintained with the physician.
The dryness, flaking, and redness which can be caused by any vitamin A skin care product is particularly associated with this retinoic acid.
On the upside, as the strongest of the vitamin A treatments, all of which have extensive clinically evidence that supports proven to have significant and effective results for rejuvenating aging skin, tretinoin can treat some of those more stubborn aging skin symptoms.
There are several types of vitamin A treatments of which tretinoin is one of the most powerful
The higher the concentration of tretinoin, which is available by prescription in strengths from .25% to over 2%, the greater potential there is for skin irritation to occur.
If your skin is sensitive, it makes sense to just use the prescription version of vitamin A as a spot treatment only on the areas you are concerned about the most. Your medical professional will advise you on best practice.
When you use a product with an active vitamin A ingredient, keep two main guidelines in
- Start slow, using a low strength.
- A concentration of 0.025 to 0.05 percent makes a good place to start.
- Build-up use s-l-o-w-l-y to allow your skin to acclimate then very gradually build-up to more frequent use, starting by
applying a small pea-size amount of the product two or three times per week.
- Use retinol at night to minimize increased sun sensitivity.
- The more powerful the retinoid, the greater potential for better results
As with other skin care products, more is not better! If your skin starts to become irritated, tretinoin information recommends stop using the tretinoin cream for a few days to eliminate the risk of irritation.
Since any vitamin A product increases your skin's sensitivity to the sun, be sure to use sunscreen as needed throughout the day.
Be sure to visit the skin care shop to view all anti-aging skin care treatments grouped in categories for specific aging skin conditions or by active facial rejuvenation ingredient.
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