Of all the skin products that promise to reduce wrinkles, only prescription creams with retinoic acid (tretinoin) can do just that. This active derivative of vitamin A can help diminish fine lines and coarse wrinkling as well as lighten brown spots. It works by making the outermost layer of dead skin cells thinner while making the living, inner layers of the epidermis thicker, thereby reversing the effects that come with sun damage. In addition, retinoic acid redistributes the melanocytes (skin cells that synthesize the pigment melanin) to correct blotchy dark spots. It also inhibits enzymes that are involved in breaking down collagen (the protein that gives skin its tight, youthful appearance) so that the skin remains younger-looking.

Retinoic acid is one of a number of methods your dermatologist may offer to improve the appearance of your skin. Following an examination, your dermatologist will suggest the procedure or treatment method best for your situation. For professional medical and aesthetic care for your skin, contact ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite 7. We are accepting new patients and most insurance plans are accepted. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients.


Todd T. Davis,
MD Board-Certified Dermatologist


P.S. Although retinol, the active ingredient in many over-the-counter anti-wrinkle skin creams, can also improve lines and discoloration, it is less potent than prescribed retinoic-acid creams.




The use of “dermal fillers,” which are injected into the skin to replace lost volume and soften facial lines, are skyrocketing in popularity. Chief among the injectable fillers is Juvéderm, which smoothes wrinkles and folds around the mouth. Its active ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring carbohydrate in the body that binds to water to create volume. Also very popular is Restylane, which is used to treat facial wrinkles and folds around the mouth and is also FDA-approved for adult lip enhancement. Radiesse, composed of calcium hydroxyl, is used to treat deeper lines (such as the ones around the mouth), and Sculptra is injected more deeply to treat hollow cheeks and the loss of facial fat.

How you feel about your appearance can affect your self-esteem and how you interact with people.  If you are uncomfortable with the appearance of lines and wrinkles, please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule an evaluation of your skin and a discussion of your personal objectives.  We offer Juvederm fillers, Botox treatments, and chemical peels.   Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. The increasing popularity of dermal fillers can be traced to their effectiveness and patients’ desire for non-surgical intervention.