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How to Use Retin-A for Wrinkles

Wrinkles are one of the earliest signs of aging. Rather than allowing these lines to deepen and worsen, many women and men turn to Retin-A to refresh their skin and achieve a more youthful appearance.

However, in order to efficiently and effectively combat wrinkles with this topical treatment, patients must apply it correctly.

If you are considering Retin-A and want to maximize your results, continue reading to learn how to use Retin-A for wrinkles.

What Is Retin-A?

Retin-A, also known as tretinoin, is a topical skincare product that’s derived from vitamin A.

As the most-studied retinoid, it’s often recommended for treatment of acne, photodamage, and wrinkles. Numerous research has demonstrated Retin-A’s ability to counteract signs of aging by boosting collagen, improving skin tone and texture, and stimulating the development of new blood vessels.

How to Use Retin-A for Wrinkles

In order to reap the benefits of Retin-A, it’s important to apply it properly.

Here are 3 tips for how to use Retin-A for wrinkles:

1. Apply Retin-A in the evening before bed to maximize its wrinkle-fighting capabilities. Additionally, avoid using it in the daytime, as Retin-A can may skin more sensitive to the sun.

2. Whether for wrinkles or other skin concerns, do not pair Retin-A with benzoyl peroxide or other acids, including salicylic, glycolic, and vitamin C. This helps limit irritation and dryness.

3. It’s important that you cleanse your skin prior to using Retin-A. However, you should wait 15 minutes between washing and application of the product.

How Long Does It Take Retin-A to Work?

Although Retin-A begins working right away, it can take several months for patients to note wrinkle reduction and smoothing of skin.

In fact, research suggests that patients should use Retin-A for at least 6 months to experience visible improvement. There’s also evidence that optimal outcomes are achieved after 12 months of use.

Want to Learn How to Use Retin-A for Wrinkles?

Call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. West.