Tretinoin Cream – Does It Work?
Although it was originally approved to treat acne vulgaris, did you also know tretinoin cream (renova) is the only topical product that has ever been FDA approved at being effective in treating the signs of aging, too? Tretinoin gel and creams have probably been studied more than any other topically applied anti-wrinkle substance in existence today.
The truth is that this ingredient is definitely not a scam. In fact, the brands of Retin A products, Renova skin cream, and others are known to be an effective way to fight acne vulgaris, dark spots from acne scars, and the signs of aging.
This powerful ingredient was first developed around 25 years ago to treat acne. However during studies, researchers quickly found that it was also producing noticeable results in treating facial wrinkles, including fine lines and crows. Many also noticed it to be helpful with not only fading acne dark spots, but also at getting rid of age spots.
What is tretinoin cream?
You may be relieved to hear that tretinoin is not some exotic substance created with bizarre chemicals, but rather it is a certain form of vitamin A. The animal form of Vitamin A is called retinol, and the acid form of this is called trans retinoic… which is what tretinion is. Although the most popular and well known application of it is in the dermatological field, a certain form of it is sometimes reportedly used in treating specific types of leukemia.
How does it work?
As you know many wrinkle creams claim to be effective, but they don’t really have any scientific reasoning or proof as to why they work. The same is often true with acne skin care products which claim to produce miraculous results but often have little to no clinical research to back them up. Fortunately, tretinoin cream is different. It’s not really a mystery in how it works. Basically, it changes the rate at which the top layer of your skin sheds cells and replaces them, a.k.a. the cell turnover rate.
Why is a higher cell turnover rate beneficial?
As we age, major changes in our skin take place. Of course many of these you can see just by looking at someone over the years. But besides the aesthetic changes, there are many things going on differently at the cellular level. When you’re younger, your skin sheds and replenishes cells much more frequently than when you are older. When it comes to anti-aging and acne scars, this increased frequency can mean darks spots often fade faster. The appearance of wrinkles will often improve.
How to use tretinoin cream?
Well first of all, it’s important to note that only a dermatologist or other qualified doctor can tell you if tretinoin treatment is right for you, and if it is, how you should use it. One common regime is applying a thin layer on your face at bedtime. The key to this is taking the “less is more” approach. Applying a thick layer or attempting to do dabs as “spot” treatments won’t work. In fact, you will probably suffer from quite a bit of irritation and peeling from doing so. Because it increases your skin’s vulnerability to UV rays, it’s important to use sunscreen on a daily basis, even if you live in areas which do not get a lot of sun.
How long does it take to work?
The first few weeks you are using it, you will probably experience irritation. This may include flaking, sensitivity, and the feeling of burning. These symptoms are intense when you begin because your skin is adapating to the tretinoin cream. Often after six to nine weeks, these side effects will subside and results start to become visible. Results often continue getting better after that, and it may take up to 6 months or more to see the maximum effect this powerful medication can have.
In the US, you can purchase Renova and Retin A products from a pharmacy with a valid prescription from your doctor. Unfortunately for treating anti-aging, insurance will never cover it because its for aesthetic purposes. Plus you will have to pay for the visit to the dermatologist out of pocket, which can run as much as $200. For acne, insurance companies are also notorious for refusing to cover it and instead trying to force patients to use all kinds of other cheaper (and often less effective) products before they will approve coverage for it.