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Retin-A Micro Benefits for Aging Skin

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author image Rachel Nall
Rachel Nall began writing in 2003. She is a former managing editor for custom health publications, including physician journals. She has written for The Associated Press and "Jezebel," "Charleston," "Chatter" and "Reach" magazines. Nall is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee.
Retin-A Micro Benefits for Aging Skin
Apply Retin-A Micro can help to reduce wrinkling. Photo Credit Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images

Retin-A Micro is a form of tretinoin gel used to treat acne that also has been shown to be beneficial in treating wrinkles. Because Retin-A Micro is a gel, it can be less drying to the skin than other Retin-A forms, such as creams. Knowing how to apply Retin-A Micro properly can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Significance

Retin-A is a topical form of vitamin A used to treat skin conditions including acne, oily skin and wrinkles, according to Dr. Audrey Kunin, a dermatologist writing on DERMAdoctor, a skincare resource website. When applied regularly to the skin, Retin-A is helpful in unplugging clogged pores and stimulating collagen growth. This feature is why Retin-A Micro can be used to treat wrinkling because a reduction in collagen fibers can lead to wrinkle development. Retin-A Micro specifically is a slow-releasing molecule that helps to avoid skin irritation, according to SmartSkinCare.com.

Application

Retin-A Micro should be applied to the skin after cleansing. Apply to the forehead, cheeks and chin, then gently smooth onto the skin. When initially applying Retin-A micro, it’s important to apply only a small amount to avoid irritation. Carefully apply to areas of the skin near mucous membranes, such as eye wrinkles, folds around the mouth or areas around the nose. Wait 20 minutes for the gel to be absorbed before applying other products, such as a moisturizer.

Benefits

When applied regularly, Retin-A Micro slows the production of matrix metalloproteinase, which is an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin fibers, according to SmartSkinCare.com. This can help to slow the progression of aging and reduce skin sagging. Aging skin also tends to be rougher in texture. Retin-A Micro helps to exfoliate the skin, improving the skin’s appearance.

Expert Insight

Because aging skin tends to be more dry and/or sensitive than younger skin, applying Retin-A Micro properly can ensure long-term successful treatment. “You need to take six weeks to ramp up very slowly, but people will glob it on every night from the start and then call their doctor in a panic that their skin is red and peeling,” said Dr. Kenneth Beer, a Florida-based dermatologist interviewed in "The New York Times."

Warning

Using Retin-A Micro can protect your skin from premature aging — however, it’s important not to use too many anti-aging skincare products, according to "The New York Times." Avoid combining glycolic acid or vitamin C treatment products with the use of Retin-A Micro to avoid excess irritation. You may also wish to apply a moisturizer to the skin to reduce irritation while you reduce wrinkling.

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