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Healthy, young skin gets its elasticity and smooth texture from the process of exfoliation. This is your skin’s natural way of replacing old skin cells with younger, healthier ones. At the same time, exfoliation also stimulates new collagen production in the deeper layers of the dermis. As you age, these natural processes start to slow, causing wrinkles and saggy skin on the face and hands.

There are several different methods that our cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Otis Allen, recommends to stimulate exfoliation. The first steps often involve the use of retinol or Retin-A based skin creams. These special creams can be applied to trouble spots on the skin to stimulate the natural process of exfoliation.

You should also note that there is a notable difference between retail-grade retinol products and the compound known as Retin-A. Since it can cause mild skin dryness, skin creams with Retin-A are only available with a prescription.

This is essentially a much more powerful version of retinol. It also can help with the reduction of dark spots and other types of skin discoloration. If you’ve been dissatisfied with your results from retinol products, your cosmetic surgeon might prescribe a Retin-A skin cream.

If you are struggling to reduce the effects of skin aging in Bloomington, Illinois, you should call 309.827.3881 to schedule a consultation appointment at Institute for Plastic Surgery.