Does Retin A (tretinoin) help for skin sagging?

Hi Dr Irwin. I have a question regarding Retin A. I know that it's good for acne, and also can help with wrinkles. But what if you have very fine skin with no wrinkles at all but want help for a the early stages of skin sagging. Can Retin A help with that too? I have read both that it can and can't, so I'm a little confused. Also would it have benefits using it just once or twice a week? Thanks very much for your time.

If I’m hearing you correctly, you are asking if Retin A and the other Vit A cousins are helpful to prevent aging.  Anything that builds collagen will OVER TIME  help to prevent skin aging in the form of wrinkles and loss of elasticity (sagging).   So yes!  It makes sense to start it early (assuming you tolerate it well) and keep using it forever.   Tretinoin is STILL the gold standard in anti-aging skin care products.  It won’t help with sagging due to loss of fat and bone over the years though.

You must, must, must use it with sunscreen (SPF 30 with at least 10% zinc or titanium) every single morning!     Hope this helps, Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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