Retin A: Wrinkles Be Gone!

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Aging isn’t really fun. And, by the time it hits, there’s often little a person can do. After all, which guy thinks about the health of his facial skin in his twenties? Not many. Yet, once the wrinkles start to come in his thirties and forties, it usually becomes too much to ignore, if he wants to look young. And, the options for improving it are limited.

While men can get away with age lines more so than women (it has been said guys age like wine), no guy wants to look forty at thirty two! Also, youth is king, even for guys.

While a high value confident older man can have lots of success with women, if he’s a high value successful older man who also looks younger, he’ll have even more romantic success.

There are many different face creams that make a lot of claims regarding their anti-aging properties. Many of them are good at moisturizing and keeping the skin looking healthy. But, there are none that are specifically proven to reduce wrinkles, with one exception.

Retin A, also known as its generic form tretinoin, has scientifically proven results. It is a synthetic, acidic form of the common Vitamin A. With Retin A wrinkles, at least the smaller ones, are reduced. It stimulates collagen production and the growth of new skin cells, which reduces fine lines. It won’t take care of the deeper grooves, but should at least help a person appear more youthful.

Retin A Wrinkles

With Retin A, wrinkles, especially the little ones, don’t have a chance. But, there are some downsides to the product. First, the side effects can be annoying. Peeling, redness, and dryness are the most common. This is proof the product is actually working. I notice the side effects are more severe in the winter when dry skin is most common anyway. I try to apply moisturizer to my face and limit my Retin A application to once or twice a week.

It’s also important not to overdo tretinoin because it can make you sun sensitive. And, what is the major aging factor? The sun. So, too much Retin A can actually make your aging accelerate. Use tretinoin according to prescribed dosage and err on the side of less, especially if you notice redness and sensitivity.

In addition, the dryness and other side effects of Retin A can be worse in the winter due to the overall lack of moisture. I typically lay off the Retin A once winter rolls around because it makes my face too dry.

Another down side is the difficulty of getting it. It requires a doctor’s prescription in the United States. And, many insurances won’t cover it if you use it for cosmetic reasons. The generic tretinoin is usually fifty to sixty dollars for a small tube without insurance. So, with a doctor’s visit and buying the cream, it could be pushing one hundred dollars to buy.

But, I don’t mind the price because I only use the cream about once or twice a week. Also, ask your doctor to prescribe you the largest quantity with a refill or two, that way you can save on the price of multiple doctor’s visits at the very least. I’ve had great results. With Retin A, wrinkles on my face have noticeably decreased. I also started at a younger age, which helps.

You also have to decide if you want to pay for the results of Retin A or find another option. Vitamin A creams may have the same effect, but it takes longer to see results. Ultimately, it’s an easy way to reduce some fine lines at a moderate, but still reasonable cost. You will look younger if done right. For the moderate price and some inconvenience, it’s still worth it.

About Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan Bennett is a writer, speaker, dating expert, and business owner. His articles have been viewed millions of times, and he has been featured in a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal.

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