Topical retinoic acid was introduced for acne treatment three decades ago. Since that time, researchers have discovered thousands of different retinoids, derived from vitamin A. Today in 2014, these vitamin-A derivatives no longer serve as only an acne treatment, however, they even skintone, soften wrinkles, along with calming acne and inflammation. Since they are the closest product we have to a fountain-of-youth understanding how to maximize their benefit is worth the effort.


There are many different retins on the market, but all of them convert to retinoic acid. Retinoic acid - a naturally occurring substance formed when vitamin A metabolizes in our body - stimulates retinoid receptors, which cause cells to stimulate collagen production, normalize cell growth, and reduce inflammation. The difference between over-the-counter versions and prescription options is that the OTC do it slower, while prescription formulas are stronger and speedier.


Start using retinoids in your 30’s when skin cell turnover and collagen production slows down.  This means that your skin will become weaker and wrinkles start to form. Studies have shown that retinoid application can help counteract this process.


Wrinkle creams may contain one of the following retinoid ingredients: retinol, pro-retinols like retinyl propionate and retinyl palmitate, retinyl linoleate, or retinyl acetate may be listed as the active ingredient. After it is applied, the skin converts these retinols into retinaldehyde, which is in turn transformed into retinoic acid.


Start slowly with retinoids, because it takes time for your skin to adapt to it. Retinoids may cause inflammation and redness as the skin adapts, so begin with every other night application, and follow with a moisturizer. Your complexion should normalize after two to four weeks. Visible skin improvement can take a month or two to show.


Innovations of the past decade include retinoid formulations and methods aimed at limiting retinoid absorption to help reduce irritation without losing retinoid efficacy by inhibiting retinoid penetration into the deep epidermis and dermis.


Once you commence with a retinol of any kind, UV protection is must! Retinoids thicken the skin overall by stimulating collagen, but they thin the outer layer, (stratum corneum) which makes you more sensitive to UV light and susceptible to sunburn and skin damage.


With many anti-wrinkle creams  you have no idea how much of the actual active retinoid ingredient you’re getting so be sure you use a reputable brand like Wrinkle Redeaux by