Can retinoids make my skin look younger?

Vitamin A derivatives, called retinoids, have one of the best track records for reversing many signs of aging and sun damage.

Applying a thin layer nightly of Rx-strength retinoids, such as tretinoin (Renova) or tazarotene (Avage), will thicken the top layer of your skin, build more supporting collagen, soften rough patches, lighten dark blotches, diminish fine wrinkles, and help your skin hold onto moisture.

Unfortunately, it may take 3 or 4 months of daily use for you to see all of these improvements in the mirror. Also, retinoids dry and irritate skin—especially sensitive skin—so you may look worse before you look better.

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