I love sharing my knowledge of skin care products with my patients, friends, and family. And understanding the validity and science of how these products work so effectively helps me communicate why it is important to stick with an effective skin care regimen.
Two common questions that I hear from my patients are:
- What do you use on your skin
- If I had to pick one cream to use, what should it be?
The answer to both of these questions is simple: retinoid cream.
I want to mention here that retinoid cream is different from retinols or retinaldehydes (we will talk more about these differences in later posts). For now, I want to zero-in on what I feel is the single most effective cream to use to keep your skin healthy. And it is also important to note that there is not a one-size-fits-all retinoid. Choosing the right retinoid for you involves consideration of several factors: your concerns, your skin type, and your age.
I have tried many different retinoids and retinols and retinaldehydes, and I always come back to my tried and true favorite: tretinoin. There are 3 different strengths to tretinoin: 0.025%, 0.05%, and 0.1%. They are only available by prescription. Over many years, I have worked my way up to using the 0.1% cream (see photo) nightly.
So how do retinoid creams keep your skin healthy? Here are all of the wonderful benefits they provide:
- Strengthen and build collagen which keeps your skin thicker and more elastic
- Promote healthy skin cell turnover by helping shed and compact dead skin cells on your skin surface
- Regulate oil production in your skin
- Shrink pore size
- Even out pigmentation and brown spots
All of this leads to bright, glowing, healthy, clear, strong skin (i.e. the skin of our younger years).
Regular use of a retinoid is truly like daily exercise for your skin. This magical cream will truly keep your skin strong, healthy, and beautiful.