Did you know that you don’t have to let your skin age with you? As time goes on and our skin cells are exposed to sunlight, fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and other signs of aging start to show up. But you can do many things to keep your skin looking young, healthy, and transparent.
Tretinoin is a powerful ingredient in skincare that you can get with a prescription. It is one way to treat skin that is getting old. Tretinoin is a type of retinoid, which is also called Retin A. Many scientific studies and the before-and-after pictures of people who have tried this treatment have shown that it works to slow down or stop the aging process. And it might be the one for you. What is tretinoin, though, and what does it do?
What is tretinoin?
To understand tretinoin better, you should first learn about retinoids. Retinoids are a group of chemical compounds made up of two or more elements. They include both natural and artificial forms of Vitamin A, such as retinol, retinal, retinoic acid, etretinate, acitretin, and tazarotene (Zasada).
Tretinoin, also called Retin-A, is a form of retinoic acid, a natural form of Vitamin A. This is a treatment you put on your skin and was the first retinoid treatment ever made (Baldwin). In the 1970s, Dr. Albert M. Kligman at the University of Pennsylvania came up with tretinoin to treat acne. Acne before and after pictures with tretinoin showed that it worked very well.
Patients who took tretinoin every day noticed a general improvement in their skin, in addition to less acne. Dr. Kligman and his colleagues studied the effects of tretinoin on skin damaged by ultraviolet light (UV light), which causes wrinkles and fine lines. In the 1990s, tretinoin started to be used as a way to fight age (Baldwin).
Since then, tretinoin has been called the “gold standard” in skin care products, especially anti-aging products (McDaniel). Tretinoin is a potent ingredient that can only be bought with a prescription in the United States. Before you can use it, you’ll need to talk to a doctor and get a prescription.
How does tretinoin work?
Your skin is the largest organ in your body (Mukherjee). It is also the part of your body that is most directly affected by the environment, which is terrible and causes a lot of wear and tear (Alberts). Your skin cells are constantly making new ones and getting rid of the old ones so they can always fix themselves when they get damaged.
The epidermis, the top layer of skin cells, is slowly replaced by new cells over about 28 days in a healthy adult (Rodan). Skin cell turnover also called the skin cell cycle, is the amount of time it takes for the epidermis to be replaced by new skin cells. As we age, the rate at which our skin cells turn over slows. This causes skin damage at the molecular level, showing changes in skin texture and wrinkles.
When a person is 80 years old, the average rate of skin cell turnover every 28 days can go up by 30% to 50%. Tretinoin makes your body make new skin cells more quickly (McDaniel). Because of the tretinoin, the top layer of skin sheds off faster, and the skin underneath starts to make more skin cells faster in response. This slows down the aging process by speeding up the skin cell cycle. This keeps the top layer of skin new and baby-soft and treats the visible signs of skin cell damage caused by aging.
Tretinoin can also reduce wrinkles and fine lines by making your skin make more collagen, which makes the skin more plump and elastic (Baldwin). This is why tretinoin before and after pictures are so powerful: this treatment removes the top layer of dead, dull skin and lets a new, plumper, healthier layer of skin shine through. This keeps the area where it was applied looking young and healthy.
Are there other benefits to tretinoin?
Tretinoin was first used to treat acne. Later, its other benefits, such as slowing the aging process and making UV-damaged skin look better, were discovered (Baldwin). Many dermatologists recommend using tretinoin before and after acne breaks out to make them less severe and stop them from happening again. This is because tretinoin slows down some chemical reactions and stops inflammatory pathways in the skin that are known to cause acne (Leyden).
How can I use tretinoin?
Want to try tretinoin for yourself? The Anti-Aging Night Cream from Musely is a prescription tretinoin cream made by board-certified dermatologists to treat wrinkles, fine lines, and the overall texture of the skin. The Anti-Aging Night Cream also has two other active ingredients: hyaluronic acid, which keeps the skin healthy and hydrated by drawing moisture to it, and niacinamide, which makes the skin brighter and makes the pores smaller.
The Anti-Aging Night Cream also comes in different formulas with different amounts of tretinoin to tailor your treatment to your skin’s needs.
Tretinoin has excellent and powerful effects on the body. But, like many prescription-strength ingredients, this medicine will take time for your skin to get used to. Some of the most common side effects are mild burning, dryness, itching, redness, and flaking. As your skin adjusts to prescription skin care, sometimes things get worse before they get better, but the calm after the storm is well worth it!
Also, tretinoin can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so it is essential to wear sunscreen. This means staying in the shade and wearing hats and sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 when you go outside. Musely’s The Day Cream is a great sunscreen that also moisturizes. This SPF 50 sunscreen has 5% titanium dioxide and 7% zinc oxide, which work together to make a solid and effective barrier against UVA and UVB rays.
There are different kinds of tretinoin, such as tretinoin cream and tretinoin gel. Before and after you use any kind of tretinoin on your face, you should be careful about what else you put on it. You should also give the tretinoin time to soak in so that it works where you put it and doesn’t get on other things, like your pillow. The tretinoin in the Anti-Aging Night Cream is in the form of a cream.
How long does tretinoin take to work?
Signs of aging can’t be fixed all at once. The skin you have now won’t be the skin you have in a year or even a month. In healthy adults, skin cells are shed and are replaced every 28 days on average (Rodan). How long does it take Retin-A to get rid of wrinkles, and do the results last?
After using tretinoin for six to eight weeks and letting your skin go through a few cycles of shedding skin cells, you may see improvements in your skin’s texture, fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots. You are worth the time and the wait, and so is your skin. If you’ve never used Retin-A before, how long it takes to see results can depend on how your skin reacts to it.
To see results from tretinoin, you must be patient and keep at it. Check out the before and after pictures of some of our patients who used The Anti-Aging Night Cream to eliminate wrinkles and other signs of aging.
For almost 4 years, Jason Martin has been a freelance writer for newspapers, journals, blogs, books, and online material. He covers the most recent news as well as many other topics.