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.