Retin A was introduced to treat acne more than 30 years ago. After discovering it also helped to reduce wrinkles, it was then approved by the FDA for cosmetic use. Retin A produces an effect similar to a chemical peel which enhances collagen production. In addition to reducing wrinkles, Retin A also rejuvenates sun-damaged skin, including fading discoloration and age spots. Here are a few tips to help you reduce wrinkles and improve the overall appearance of your skin with Retin A.
Things You'll Need
Get Retin A. Retin A is only available by prescription. Talk to your doctor or dermatologist about why you feel you need to use Retin A. Many doctors will only prescribe it if you have significant sun damage or adult acne.
Wait until bedtime. Most doctors recommend using Retin A in the evening before bed to obtain the most dramatic results. Retin A encourages collagen production which intensifies as we sleep.
Wash your face. Before applying Retin A wash your face with a mild soap or facial cleanser then pat dry. Use an alcohol-free cleanser to avoid additional irritation.
Apply Retin A once daily. Dab a pea sized amount of Retin A on each cheek and your chin. Smooth the cream or gel onto your face paying close attention to wrinkled and discolored areas. Do not allow the cream to get into your eyes.
Apply lotion or night cream. After the first few weeks your skin may become very dry and flakey. Make sure you use a high quality lotion or cream on your face every morning and at night after applying Retin A.
Exfoliate. After your skin has adjusted to the Retin A exfoliate your skin once weekly. Use a fine micro-abrasion scrub to remove any dead skin cells that are present. Continued use of Retin A will dramatically reduce wrinkles and improve your skin tone.