Retinoic acid is a form of Vitamin A. It will need to be prescribed for you. You can buy retinol products over the counter – but it is not the same.
Retinoic acid can be used to treat acne, but also surface wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots, which is what we’re concentrating on in this blog.
It speeds up the cell turnover to shed the skin cells and replace them with younger cells, prevents acne, and stimulates collagen production.
How does it work?
Retinoic acid works by speeding up the skin’s metabolism to promote cellular regeneration, shedding the older skin cells and replacing them with younger cells. It increases the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, which is a natural moisturiser in your skin
The result is that retinoic acid has a positive effect on both the deep layers of collagen in your skin as well as the uppermost layer comprised of skin cells.
It comes in three different strengths, 0.025%, 0.05% and 0.1%. Your skin specialist will advise you which strength to use, according to your skin type.
How can I get hold of it?
Retinoic acid is not an everyday skin product. It is only available with a prescription from a doctor. So you will need to visit a specialist skin clinic which has this facility.
It does come as part of the Obagi Nu-Derm system which Brigstock Skin & Laser uses for customers who have melasma (as well as acne). This system has been specially designed to transform skin by addressing hyperpigmentation and improving visible signs of skin aging.
How long before I see results?
It can take from 3 to 6 months to see the results. These will be a smoother, younger looking skin, much less affected by fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.
Are there any precautions I should take?
Retinoic acid will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. So keep out of direct sunlight, and make sure you use the Obagi sunscreen included in the Obagi Nu-Derm system as directed by your skincare specialist.
Why would I use it?
Our own skin specialists recommend that anyone above the age of 30 should be using some form of retinol to slow down the signs of aging.
What if I want to know more before committing?
Good question! Most clinics will offer a free consultation where you can talk to a specialist about your skin and what improvements you would like to see. The specialist will help you to decide what treatment is appropriate – whether that is a system that uses retinoic acid on another treatment entirely.
To see if a clinic is the right fit for you, check out their reviews, results guarantees, quality controls and the expertise of their teams.
If you would like to make an appointment with the experienced team at Brigstock Skin & Laser, book your free consultation online now by clicking here or call us on 020 868 36730.