I am 38 and have small wrinkles and lines under my eyes. I have been using Retin A 0.05% on my face for 6 months with very good results but I have never used it under the eyes. I heard that Retin A thins the skin if used near the eye area and thus causing more wrinkles. Is this true? If not, which strength can I use to remove the undereye lines. Is there any other cream better than Retin A at removing lines and wrinkles around the eyes? Please Help!! Thanks, Zara
Is It Safe to Use Retin A Under the Eyes?
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Use Retin-A under the eyes
Retin-A is perfect for under the eyes. In fact, the thinner lower lid skin does very well. Because the skin is thin and sensitive, you need to start out a bit slowly - use it a couple of times a week at first and gradually increase, as tolerated. The increased skin cell turnover will tend to make the epidermis accumulate and the skin will look "dry" (actually dry dead skin cells) and fine lines may look worse at first (dry skin cracks), so you may need to add a moisturizer to your routine (apply afterwards or mix with the Retin-a) until it adjusts. The addition of topical vitamin C will further improve your skin. Be sure to continue your use of sunscreen!
Renova is better
Because Renova is prescription strength (and FDA approved) Retin A with hydrators, it is much better for fine eye lines. Be sure to use up to the eyelash margin, but DO NOT get into the eyes to prevent eye irritation.
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Retin A for wrinkles around the eyes
Retin-A is great for facial fine wrinkles, including areas around the eyes. As long as you do not get it into the eyelid margin, it is safe. However, since the eyelid skin is very thin and sensitive, you need to start slow to minimize irritation and dryness of the treatment area. Otherwise, the dryness and irritation will make the wrinkles more obvious. Try to start 2-3 times per week and put simple moisturizer on top of it. Once you get used to it, you can use every night. I will suggest that you start with lower strength of Retin-A, such as 0.01% or 0.025%.
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Retin A around the eyes
Retin A is great for using on the skin around the eyes without getting too close to the eyes. You must be careful to not get Retin A on or near the eyelid margin, the conjunctival margin, or in the eyes or near the eyelashes. The best strength to start with is .05% and make sure you tolerate that without irritation. I would suggest this treatment under physician supervision.
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