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How do retinoids help your skin?

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Tretinoin is the first retinoid approved by the FDA to treat wrinkles. This prescription retinoid helps your body make new collagen. It also stimulates new blood vessels in your skin. This makes it look rosy, fades age spots, and reduces precancerous skin spots called actinic keratosis.

Over-the-counter retinoids may not do as good a job reducing wrinkles, but they can improve the look of sun-damaged skin.

SOURCES:

University of Michigan Health System: "Topical retinoid medications for acne."

DermaNetwork.org: "Topical Retinoids and Application."

Harvard Health Publications: "Do skin creams deliver?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Skin wrinkles and blemishes -- Treatment."

International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements database: "Nongenital warts: classification and treatment options."

American Academy of Dermatology.

FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 17, 2019

SOURCES:

University of Michigan Health System: "Topical retinoid medications for acne."

DermaNetwork.org: "Topical Retinoids and Application."

Harvard Health Publications: "Do skin creams deliver?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Skin wrinkles and blemishes -- Treatment."

International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements database: "Nongenital warts: classification and treatment options."

American Academy of Dermatology.

FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 17, 2019

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