Retinoic acid (a derivative of vitamin A) has been known for quite some time as an effective treatment for certain skin conditions. Reducing signs of skin aging is another use of this product that has been quite popular in recent years.
But does this ingredient work? And what about the side effects?
So let’s find out about the benefits of this ingredient as a treatment for aging skin signs as well as any specific side effects you may want to consider before taking up this type of treatment to restore your beautiful, youthful skin.
Effects of retinoic acid
Retinoic acid is one of those substances that has been shown to reduce signs of skin aging, as well as other skin problems such as acne.
It stimulates skin turnover, so that older skin cells are removed quicker and new, fresher looking skin cells are produced and come to the surface.
So it does have some benefit on line reduction.
Side effects of retinoic acid
This cream is actually a medicated treatment that at this point in time can only be obtained with a prescription. The reason? It has certain side effects.
You should also be careful not to ‘over medicate’ with this product since this is one case where too much of something is not a good thing. In fact, excessive doses of retinoic acid have been known to have the opposite effect of what you are looking for. If you use it, you and your doctor should monitor it, and that side effects are watched out for.
The side effects of retinoic acid are typically not terrible in small doses but can lead to larger problems with continued use.
The common side effects that are noticed with its use include: skin irritation, dry skin, peeling skin, and sensitivity to the sun. Rare side effects include blistering, excessive redness, and puffy skin. If these occur you should consult your doctor immediately for possible dosage adjustments or discontinuation of use all together.
It is also possible that retinoic acid could interact with other prescription or over the counter medications as well as herbal supplements and vitamins you may be taking.
You should especially avoid taking other medications that may lead to sensitivities to sunlight along with this product as well as extra dosages of vitamin A. It is very important that you remember that it is a medication and report it as a medication before obtaining new prescriptions to avoid potential interactions.
You should also avoid using retinoic acid if pregnant or nursing as retinoids have serious effects on pregnancy. If you are attempting to become pregnant or are not using contraception, you should discuss openly with your doctor whether or not Retinoic acid is a good idea for you at this time.
So there you go.
In summary, many women view retinoic acid as a wonder treatment for the overall health and appearance of their skin. Usage of this product does not come without some degree of risk as mentioned above, so be careful and seek your own medical advice before considering this treatment.
You should carefully weigh the pros and cons before deciding on any skin treatment. What you want is a treatment for signs of skin aging that works and that has the least side effects.