The #1 cause of wrinkles and sagging skin is due to collagen loss.
There are many ways to prevent losing this most precious anti aging commodity.
First off you want to make sure your hormone levels are in balance. If you are anywhere near menopause age make sure to get your hormone levels checked.
A lack of estrogen leads to collagen loss.
You also want to make sure you are consuming plenty of Vitamin C.
Your body must have adequate amounts of Vitamin C to produce Collagen.
Another way to boost collagen levels in the skin
is Retin A.
Now I have to admit that I have never used prescription strength Retin A, but after my good friend brought the subject up, I did the research and I will jumping on the Retin A bandwagon very soon.
Clinical studies back up the results.
“To my knowledge, this is the only drug for which there has been crystal-clear demonstration that it works on the molecular level,” said Dr. John J. Voorhees, the chairman of the dermatology department at the medical school of the University of Michigan.
“There is so much historical evidence that this ingredient works better than anything else,” said Dr. Joel L. Cohen, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado and a consultant for OrthoNeutrogena, the maker of Retin-A Micro. And the effects are more than superficial. “It actually works to remodel skin on a cellular level,” Dr. Cohen said.
In the past, Retin A has gotten a bad wrap because many people believe that more is always better. They used too much product, ended up with unsightly red and peeling skin, and said forget it, this doesn’t work.
The key to success is to gradually work your way up to more product and to stick with it, ( even if your skin looks worse), long enough to see the results. How long? Dr. Min-Wei Christine Lee, a dermatologist in Walnut Creek, Calif. suggest 24 weeks.
What exactly is Retin A?
It is basically Vitamin A, which has been used to treat acne for decades.
What does it do?
When applied to the skin the body converts the retinol to retinoic acid. This acid increases cell turnover, fades age spots, prevents clogged pores, heals acne, and stimulates collagen and elastin production.
What is happening is the retinoic acid is slightly damaging the skin, and the body says oh no, we have to make more collagen and elastin to help the skin heal. This creates firmer, plumper skin.
Are there side effects?
Yes you may experience sun sensitivity, therefore it is recommended you wear sunscreen. Redness and peeling skin are side effects as well.
Where can I get Retin A?
There are many over the counter brands, but prescription strength is the best. It comes in a gel or a cream.
You can ask your family doctor, dermatologist, or a nurse to write you a prescription. If you have insurance, you may only have to pay a $10 co-pay for a 4 month supply. If you don’t have insurance be sure to ask your pharmacist for the generic brand, which is also really inexpensive.
Retin A seems to be a very powerful anti aging tool.
If you use Retin A, please leave a comment below and let us know your results.