Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A. They can be found in prescription strength creams such as Retin A, Renova, Atralin, Avage/Tazorac. There is also an over the counter version called Retinol. Although these skin care products are usually not found in glamorous packaging, retinoids are recommended by dermatologists as the most effective wrinkle treatment ingredient for topical skin creams.
Many moisturizers will temporarily plump up the skin, causing a reduction in the appearance of fine lines.
They act as temporary wrinkle fillers which is not the same as correcting the creases.
The Difference Between A Drug And A Cosmetic According to the FDA
In order to really improve the appearance of a lines, there needs to be changes at the cellular level. This is what a drug will do.
Compounds that don’t really create changes are classified by the FDA as cosmetics. They are said to have no medicinal value.
Why Dermatologists Recommend Retinoids As An Ideal Wrinkle Treatment Ingredient
Most dermatologists will recommend retinoids as the best ingredient for the treatment of superficial creases. This is because there are numerous studies which confirm their effectiveness as a wrinkle cure for fine lines.
Retinoids will increase the rate of skin cell turnover. And they will also stimulate RNA (genetic coding in your cells which creates new protein) to synthesize new forms of collagen.
Using Prescription Strength Retinoids or Over the Counter
As you can probably already guess, prescription strength retinoids have a much stronger wrinkle treatment effect than over the counter versions.
However, some people with skin sensitivities may find that prescription creams are more irritating and cause redness, itching and flaking. Therefore, they may benefit from using retinol.
A natural source of retinoids is rose hip oil. The compound is surrounded by fatty acids which will slowly release this active ingredient. So it will not be as irritating to the skin.
To make the best choice, it will be important to speak to a dermatologist.
Wrinkle Treatment For Deeper Lines
While retinoids can be effective for tiny creases, deeper wrinkles around the eyes, lips and other areas will require treatments that target deeper skin layers below the surface.
Belotero, for example, is specialized for superficial lines that are bigger and deeper than tiny creases. Juvederm, Radiesse and Restylane are effective for larger grooves around the mouth. And of course, Botox and Dysport are not fillers. They relax the muscles. But these injections can produce excellent results from upper face wrinkles such as crows feet, horizontal lines and frown lines.