Retinoids and Skin Care

Retinoids are an important part of a comprehensive skin care program. The nurse specialist near Baltimore, Maryland can assist you in choosing a retinoid product that will help reverse the effects of aging and contribute to gorgeous, youthful looking skin. Please read on to learn more about retinoids and which products Baltimore plastic surgeon Dr. Schuster personally recommends.


Retinoids are compounds which are derived from Retinoic acid, a form of Vitamin A. Retinoic acid has been scientifically shown to be effective in the treatment and prevention of photoaging. This includes better maturation of the skin cells, more regularity of the cells themselves, and improvement in the distribution of the skin pigment, called melanin. Retinoids also help to increase collagen formation and decrease collagen breakdown. Retinoids are also very useful in the treatment of acne. All of these effects result in healthier skin.

There are many different products containing various types of retinoids. Retinols are the weakest variety and can be found in many different over-the-counter skin care products. Retinols are about 20 times weaker than retinoic acid. Retin-A Micro® and Renova® are brand names for tretinoin, a form of retinoic acid.

Dr. Schuster believes that retinoid therapy is probably the most beneficial product you can use. The downside is that it can be too irritating and might make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Also, retinoic acid is well-known to be teratogenic, or harmful to a developing fetus. While some studies have shown there to be no effect with certain strength retinoids, Dr. Schuster still recommends that women discontinue their retinoids if they are actively planning to become pregnant or find themselves to be pregnant.

Dr. Schuster recommends using the retinoids at night after washing the skin well. You may apply a moisturizer afterwards. You may even mix some of the products in with your moisturizer. Start by using the product every other night for two weeks, then progress to every night. Allow four to six weeks of regular use to begin to see results. Mild irritation or redness is common. Stop use if severe burning or sores develop.

Since everyone’s skin care needs are different, our experts provide residents of Baltimore and cities throughout Maryland with comprehensive skin care analyses. By carefully evaluating your skin type, they can determine the most effective retinoid product for you to use, and help you maintain healthy, beautiful looking skin.

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Through their commitment to exceptional patient care and the latest skin treatments, Dr. Schuster and his staff have enhanced the appearance of many people and provided them with renewed confidence. They would love to do the same for you. If you have been looking for relaxing and luxurious skin care services in the Baltimore, Maryland area, please contact our practice today for more information or to schedule an appointment.