The Facts on Anti-Aging Products and Treatments


Anti-Aging Treatments

From the early times to present day, women have been looking for a fountain of youth in a bottle. Historians’ marvel at the proof that ancient Egyptian women washed in sour milk and fruit based baths to improve skin. Regiments such as old wine and honey improved the skin of French women in the court of Louis XIV.

In today’s world, women still use these treatments and many more to help in fighting those dreaded lines. Anti-Aging products boast of miracle effects over night, in all actuality, it takes time to develop those lines and it will take time to get rid of those lines. But fortunately, there is help for us.

Retin-A, the first scientific anti-aging product was first marketed in the mid-80’s; pharmacies nationwide sold out when news broke of its anti-aging claims. Retin-A can reduce severe wrinkles with-in 6 weeks for most people. It reduces fine lines and improves blood supply to the skin, which in-turn increases the turn over rate of dead skin cells. Leaving the skin soft, and newborn like.

Retin-A should be applied sparingly because it can burn the skin. Most dermatologists recommend applying Retin-A 5 times a week, and then decrease to 3 times a week. Because most consumers are looking for the quick fix to wrinkles, many times the Retin-A is used excessively which causes the burns and irritation to the skin.

The use of Retin-A carries other precautions, too. It should not be used without a sunscreen; nor should it be applied to skin suffering from psoriasis, eczema, or anyone suffering from a form of skin cancer.

Vitamin C based creams have gained popularity throughout recent years. Duke University studied the benefits of Vitamin C based products for skin a couple of years ago and found evidence that it does produce improvement of the collagen in the dermis, which is where wrinkles start to form.

Vitamin C based creams have been developed and may be used with other anti-aging treatments, it is recommended that you use Vitamin C based creams in the morning before applying makeup.

I’m sure we’ve all heard of the famous Alpha hydroxy creams and treatments. Alpha hydroxies are commonly found from fruits of all sorts. There is malic acid in apples, citric acids in citrus fruits, glycolic acid in honey and sugar cane, sour milk produces lactic acid, and tartaric acid can be isolated from the fermentation of grapes. All these make-up the alpha hydroxy acids, however, dermatologists have found that glycolic acid is the most effective in the anti-aging fight.

Most over the counter creams and treatments that contain glycolic acid are at a concentration of 3-5%, which many physicians feel is not enough acid to show results. Dermatologists can prescribe higher doses of 15%-20%, however, a close eye must be kept on patients using that high a dose; because it is an acid; it can burn your skin, as well. Moderated use of Alpha hydroxy acids can improve skin texture, reduce discoloration, and fine lines.

Another infamous group of anti-aging treatments is Beta Hydroxy Acids. This is an oil based acid, unlike the water soluble Alpha Hydroxy Acids. BHA is basically an exfoliate. Research shows that if used with other treatments, good results may appear. However, because BHA is nothing more than a salicylic acid, used alone, the results are minimal to fine lines.

Microdermabrasion is the newest treatment to enter the anti-aging arena. Basically the skin is polished. In a more scientific explanation, a hand held device emits crystals on the surface of the skin, reducing fine lines, crow’s feet, discoloration, and acne scars. It stimulates the production of skin cells and collagen.

Treatments range from 30 minutes to 1 hour; for best results it is recommended that a person receive between 5 and 12 treatments, spaced 2 to 3 weeks apart. Many times a chemical peel is combined with this treatment to increase effectiveness. However, many individuals find this procedure painful and it is very expensive. But if you’re one of those individuals whom have skin sensitivity issues, this is a chemical-free procedure that works well.

In recent years, the “at-home” microderabrasion creams and resurfacing tools have become popular, these are less expensive and claim to reduce and erase sun damage, pore sizes, fine lines, discoloration, and firms up the skin.

Many consumers decide to play chemist with their skin and experiment with different anti-aging treatments. Pharmacists at drug stores can help you determine if certain ingredients can have adverse effects when mixed with other ingredients. So can your family physician or a dermatologist. It’s better to be safe then sorry. No matter what choices you make to fight off those fine lines; remember to follow the recommended applications. With any cream or treatment, routine use over time is the key too successful results.