Best Kept Anti-Aging Secret
Several weeks ago, my office manager asked each staff member in our office to choose her favorite product. She wanted to add a page to our website and set up a display in the office highlighting the product that each staff member absolutely loved and couldn't live without. Her reasoning was that our patients always want to know what we use and why. I didn't even have to think twice about what my absolute favorite product is. I talk with my patients about it whenever I get the opportunity.
Retinoids are the undisputed gold standard for topical skin rejuvenation at present, with the most evidenced-based research to back up this claim. There are 2 decades of data on the effects of retinoids.
And what about the peptides, growth factors, plant-based antioxidants (green tea) and other similar products claiming they can replace retinoids/Retin-A/tretinoin for treating photoaging - at a much higher price? I tell my patients, "There are no magic ingredients. Any product claiming to rejuvenate the skin MUST be compared to a retinoid."
Remember that the single most important measure you can take to protect against photoaging is scrupulous use of sunscreens. The next most important step is topical retinoid therapy. Retinoids are clearly the mainstay in my "toolbox," and they will continue to be the best bang for your buck in terms of treating photodamage. You can usually have retinoids compounded for under $30. Wow, that's great when you will get approximately 2 to 3 months of use out of 30 grams ... Now compare that to all those other products, with some priced over $100. As far as I'm concerned, there is no comparison.