Many women are willing to pay extra for products that will give them younger, healthier-looking skin. Because of this, there are all sorts of products on the market that claim to have anti-aging benefits. However, Retin-A Cream is one of the few products for which there’s actually significant evidence that it works. Products containing Retin-A or the less-strong version found in over-the-counter products, retinol, have a number of potential benefits.
Reduces Acne and Minimizes Oily Skin
The first approved use of this product was as an acne treatment. The other uses came about as the benefits were noticed in people using Retin-A for acne. It limits oil production, shrinks the size of the pores, and makes them less likely to clog and form zits. Just keep in mind that this type of cream needs to be used as directed to minimize the side effects, such as redness and peeling or flaking skin. Don’t use it more often or in amounts higher than specified. Also, make sure to use sunscreen, as it makes the skin much more sensitive to the sun and more likely to burn. Pregnant women shouldn’t use the product at all, as it can increase the risk of birth defects.
Minimizes the Appearance of Wrinkles and Brown Spots
The use of Retin-A makes the skin plump up, which makes fine wrinkles less noticeable. This is partly because of the decrease in the rate in which a person loses her collagen stores and the increase in collagen production retinol and Retin-A can cause. It also causes the skin to turn over more quickly, which helps fade freckles or dark spots on the skin. This collagen boost causes an anti-aging effect in the skin, as it makes the skin more elastic so it looks firmer and tighter.
The use of one of these creams is relatively inexpensive compared to some of the other anti-aging treatments available, including injections of substances like Botox, facelifts, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. Over-the-counter versions are cheaper than prescription versions (which aren’t typically covered by insurance unless they’re prescribed for acne), but they have a smaller effect on the skin. Generic versions are also less expensive but may be a bit harsher on the skin than name brand options, which often contain ingredients to help minimize side effects.