Glycolic Acid Vs. Retin-A Creams

What are the best creams to use for problematic skins or to combat wrinkles? The Ones with Glycolic Acid or the Ones that contain Retin-A?

And what is the difference between the two?

Here’s what we found:

Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid derived from sugarcane. According to University of Iowa Health Care, Retin-A is a byproduct of vitamin A.

Retin-A and glycolic acid act as exfoliants by causing the skin to shed its outer layer, bringing youthful-looking skin to the top. Retin-A restores collagen formation to skin damaged by UV rays, and accelerates the production of new skin cell

What are the Benefits?

A study conducted by the Saint Louis School of Medicine shows that glycolic acid significantly reduces acne lesions. Use of Retin-A smooths fine wrinkles and facial roughness, lightens dark spots, and prevents new blemishes and pimples from forming on acne-prone skin.

How to use them?

Daily cleansers and skin creams containing glycolic acid may be purchased over the counter. Dermatologists or trained skincare professionals apply higher concentrations of glycolic acid in chemical peels. Retin-A is available only by prescription. Dermatologists often recommend that both be used together to reverse the signs of aging.

What are the side effects?

Glycolic acid and Retin-A may cause mild stinging, redness, peeling of the skin, sensitivity to the sun and changes in pigmentation. Pregnant women should not use Retin-A.


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