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Many of our patients ask what they should be doing to keep their skin looking healthy and young. Most people are aware that the building block to great skin is collagen. What a large percentage of the population doesn’t know is that UV rays break down collagen, and thus promotes aging. This is why a dermatologists first tip for maintaining healthy, attractive skin is to use sunscreen – daily! Beyond UV protection, though, there is a singular substance that has been proven through years of clinical use to promote younger looking skin: the good old retinoid.

What is a Retinoid?

Retinoids are derived from vitamin A. These molecules seem to know what your skin needs, and they deliver! Initially, retinoids were used therapeutically to clear acne breakouts. That was a few decades ago. Today, prescriptions like Retin-A are used to treat acne and also to minimize the onslaught of damage that occurs due to aging and environmental factors. Simply put, retinoids are powerhouse ingredients that can noticeably change your skin.

Why you want a Retinoid Cream in your Daily Routine

Retinoids don’t limit themselves to one task; they support healthy skin in a number of ways. One of those ways is by boosting cellular functions. Our cells slow down and start to behave differently after about the age of 30. Cellular turnover doesn’t occur as quickly as it once did. Retinoids hasten this process so dead, damaged cells don’t hang around the surface. The result of the sloughing off of dead cells? More radiant skin.

As the uppermost layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum, is thinned through cellular turnover, the natural reaction in the second layer of cells is to thicken. This leads to accentuated firmness and luminosity. Finally, research suggests that collagen production increases in response to routine use of retinoids. That daily cream you apply supports the infrastructure that gives you smooth, vibrant skin!

Is your skin in need? The team at Westport Dermatology &  Laser Center has spent years developing skills that foster dermatologic health and beauty. Contact us at 203-226-3600 for a consultation and skin assessment.


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