Retinoic acid for wrinkles
Retinoic acid is “related” to retinol, vitamin A, but be careful: its application should be done with caution.
Those who cannot look at their wrinkles and changes in their skin with serenity certainly know retinoic acid and its uses.
We immediately clarify that retinoic acid treatments must be carried out by specialized personnel, especially if the desired result is an evident reduction of wrinkles, a deep facial cleansing, a correction of dyschromias due to the sun or hormonal treatments. Let’s find out what it is.
Retinoic acid, what is it?
This acid is a molecule obtained from metabolic processes of vitamin A. This “acid part” of retinol is fat soluble and photosensitive.
It has regenerating properties and intervenes in cell growth. The active ingredient of retinoic acid is tretinoin and its concentration in topical remedies makes the product a real medicine, to which to pay attention and to be used following the doctor’s instructions.
Retinoic acid, indications
This acid is indicated for anti-aging treatments.
- To reduce wrinkles, deep signs of aging, but also distinctive expressiveness. It is widely used to mitigate nasogenic wrinkles.
- To correct acne scarring, bacterial infection or hormonal inflammation that often leaves indelible marks on the skin.
- To eliminate dark spots on the skin, due to hormonal changes or too much exposure to sunrays.
Thanks to tretinoin, retinoic acid carries out its regenerative process of the skin through different phases and its effectiveness is due to its more or less high concentration in the formulations on the market, some for home use and others only for specialized centers.
This acid performs an exfoliating activity: it cleans and deeply removes dead cells.
Its activity is slow and progressive, and promotes the regeneration of the epidermal layers and the treatment of deep lesions.
In fact, real peels are carried out that smooth the skin with periodic sessions carried out by expert hands.
It regulates the production of sebum, and is also particularly suitable for acne problems.
The cream based on retinoic acid must be applied every evening after having thoroughly cleansed your face.
Why in the evening? Because as already mentioned, retinoic acid is photosensitive, so it is advisable to use it away from sunlight.
In addition, the action of acid on the skin causes reaction.The skin turns red, when applied, like a natural inflammation due to the exfoliating and regenerating activity.
If the reactivity is excessive, the interval between one application and another must be increased.
The results begin to show after two or three weeks of constant use. The skin is strengthened and plumped with collagen.
Retinoic acid at high concentrations can cause side effects.
Applied on sensitive and reactive skin, it can initiate a process of inflammation with redness, dryness and subsequent desquamation, called retinoid dermatitis.
The obvious but necessary advice is to ask a dermatologist for a consultation and not to go and buy the product in the pharmacy without precise indications.
It is not a formulation that allows you to do it yourself without initial warnings and the pharmacist cannot always take responsibility for evaluating our exposed skin!
When you are carrying out a regenerative path based on retinoic acid it is advisable to pay attention to sun exposure: we avoid subjecting ourselves to tanning lamps, and also during the day we use a face cream with a high protective filter, SPF 30 or even SPF 50.
We also protect the face when we use cosmetic hair products, such as lacquers, gels, which can irritate highly sensitized skin.
Whenever we apply retinoic acid cream, we wash our hands very well!
If there are no scars to be eliminated, but only unpleasant wrinkles and fine lines, we choose aesthetic treatments closer to respect for our skin.