Retinols Are an Anti-Aging Powerhouse
Retinoid products are prescription-strength, while retinol is used in over-the-counter products. Retinol was initially used as a treatment for acne, but it has also been clinically proven to reduce wrinkles and brown spots. Retinol is absorbed beyond the first few layers of skin and into the dermis. The products are often gels, creams or serums and work by stimulating collagen production and speeding up skin cell turnover, a process which slows as you age. The result is luminous, bright skin.
“I wish I could fast forward and show you what you would look like in 30 to 40 years if you would have used a retinol versus if you don’t,” Manske said. “It is never too late to start.”
Prescription or Over-the-Counter?
FORME carries a variety of products, both prescription and over-the-counter, with varying concentrations. While people tend to think a higher concentration of the medication is better, Manske said this is false. It is important to consult with a clinical esthetician or dermatologist before beginning to use a product.
“We know the products and what to recommend for each person, depending on the unique characteristics of their skin,” Manske said.
A Gradual Transformation
The first few weeks can be hard to get through as people may initially experience peeling and redness, which is why it is important to incorporate the product into your routine slowly. Stick to the application directions and start with a gentle formula at a lower concentration.
“You really have to ease your way into using it,” Manske said. “I usually recommend using the product once the first week, twice the second week, three times the third week and then slowly bumping it up from there.”
If you start to peel or your skin feels tight and dry, Manske recommended backing off for a few days before using the product again. If you can make it through the first few weeks and use it long term, Manske said the results are well worth it.
One important caveat: You must wear a daily sunscreen while using any topical Vitamin A product and be cautious in the sun. Vitamin A makes your skin more susceptible to sun exposure.
About FORME Aesthetic and Vein Center
FORME is a multispecialty aesthetic and vein center, offering a comprehensive approach to face, body, skin and vein care. The team includes board-certified physicians in dermatology, facial plastic surgery, oculoplastic surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery and vascular and interventional radiology who are supported by clinical nurse specialists and clinical estheticians.
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