I am 22 and I am concerned about skin ageing since i spent alot of time in the sun without sun protection as a teen. That's why I want to start retin-a (for a lifetime) as a way to prevent wrinkles and kind of "undo" this damage However I keep reading it is too agressive a treatment for a young skin and that it could damage my skin by thinning it in the long run (in beauty blogs) Is it true?
22, Too Young to Start Preventing Wrinkles with Retin-a?
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Retin-a is safe for all types of skin.
Remember that Retin-a is used in teenagers for acne, even as young as 12-13 yo. Thus, you may never be too young. I would not hang my hat on it 'undoing' any sun damage, but what I tell my patients is that if you are good about using it, you will move through time slower than your friends who do not use it.
Retin A is practicaly the only anti aging product.
It does not thin the skin. It improves the collagen (thikens) and the elastin layers.
A medical grade ski care with Retin A is Ideal to start even at your young age. Infact that is when prevention must start.
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