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How Do Retinoids Affect the Skin?

By February 4, 2020May 11th, 2023Acne Treatment

Retinoids are topical vitamin A-based drugs that first came to the market as an acne treatment in the 1970s. Despite the popularity of retinoids, there are still many misconceptions about them. To make an informed decision, anyone planning to use retinoids should first talk to a dermatologist. Here’s a brief overview of retinoids and their effect on the skin.

Retinoids Basics

Retinoids are the most used and studied anti-aging, anti-acne, and anti-dark spot compounds. Available in both prescription and nonprescription, they work by influencing a variety of cellular processes, including cell surface alterations, cellular growth, and boosting immunity. Retinoids increase skin cell regeneration and also cause enhanced production of collagen. At the same time, they reduce the rapid breakdown of collagen, thus keeping the skin firm. At our Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, we recommend retinoids for skincare treatments due to the sheer amount of scientific backing for their safety and demonstrated effects. Also, with a prescription skincare product, we can better suit the product to a patient’s skin condition and skin type. We also offer nonprescription Retinol products through our online shop. Retinol is essentially a type of retinoid and works in the same way, just at a lesser potency.

The Effect of Retinoids on the Skin

The following are some of the effects of using retinoids for skin treatment:

– Wrinkle treatment by increasing collagen production

– Removing brown spots that give the skin an uneven tone. Retinoids curb the production of melanin in affected areas and remove any deposits causing hyperpigmentation

– Improved skin color by stimulating the production of new blood vessels in the skin

– Skin smoothening by helping to fade age spots and soften rough patches

Acne treatment by unclogging pores

– Reducing precancerous skin spots known as actinic keratosis by stimulating increased blood flow

– Treatment for psoriasis by helping to slow the growth of skin cells

– Wart removal by disrupting the wart’s cell growth

Some patients may experience certain side effects, including dryness and irritation, skin color changes, sensitivity to sunlight, redness, swelling, crusting, or blistering. To minimize the risk, you should use a moisturizer to reduce skin dryness and follow the doctor’s instructions in the application of the retinoid.

At The Dermatology Clinic, we have board-certified dermatologists to take care of your skin and help restore your youthful look. Established in the 1940s, our clinic has proudly served patients in Baton Rouge, LA, and the surrounding areas. We can prescribe retinoids after an evaluation of your specific skin condition and medical history. Contact us today to learn more about our specialized skincare solutions.