Suggest treatment for thinning of skin
Retinoids can be tried
Hello and welcome to healthcaremagic
I am Dr. Kakkar. I have gone through your query.
You may use a topical retinoid e.g tretinoin 0.025% cream once daily at night. Retinoids have collagen remodelling properties and also stimulate the synthesis of new collagen.
I've read in many pieces of medical literature that Retinoids are great for restoring collagen and so on but then they repeatedly say in these same articles that it should not be used until the 40's generally and that the acid's effect on the skin is quite harsh and can do more damage than good, even if started at a low concentration.
With that in mind, would you have a regimen that you'd suggest for someone of my age of 30 that could restore mild damage done from skin abuse through marijuana use without causing any potential negative effects throughout its use?
Perhaps a gentle yet effective vitamin C cream or a particular AHA or something of the like?
Thanks again for your help.
AHA's/ Vit C can be used
Retinoids are FDA approved to reverse ageing. The only down thing about retinoids is there irritation potential. Otherwise there is no such restriction for using them before 40 years. They can very well well be used in 30's or even 20's.
To counteract the irritation potential it is always better to use a sparing quantity of retinoids either for just 2 hours daily in the evening or you may use it on alternate days. Once your skin gets used to it, you may use it even daily.
They are the most effective of all
However, AHA like glycolic acid are also excellent skin rejuvenating and antiageing molecules and can very well be tried in your case since your problem seems to minimal. AHA' s also stimulate the synthesis of dermal extracellular matrix and remodel collagen. They are available OTC in concentrations of 6%, 10%, 12% for topical use as a cream. If your condition would have been more severe, I would have said only RETINOIDS.
Topical Vitamin C is also antiageing and skin lightening agent. It is potent antioxidant. You may use it. Moreover vitamin C, is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength. It is available in 10%, 15% and 20% strength for topical use as a serum
Thanks for the list of possible treatments I can go forward with to restore elasticity and collagen to my skin. I would like to know, based on the pictures I sent of my overall skin condition at the moment, what strength of AHA and what strength of Vitamin C would you recommend that I start using at the moment to be safe from causing any damage to my skin while at the same time achieving noticeable results?
Thanks very much.
AHA's and Vit C
Initially you may start with 6% glycolic acid cream and once it suits your skin and you don't notice any irritation to it, you may increase it to 10%- 12% once daily. It can applied once daily at night
Vitamin C is mostly non-irritating. It is available as serum as well as in cream form in 10% as well as 15% concentration. You may begin with 10%. It can be applied once daily as well.
Retinol can be used peri-orbital
I don't agree with the view of ophthalmologist. Dry eye has nothing to do with topical retinoids. Dry eye is a condition that is something internal to the eye.
Rather, I myself give retinol (less irritant as compared to tretinoin) in a concentration of 0.15% to my patients for peri-orbital use. Of course you should apply it away from the lid margins to avoid getting it into the eye and just once daily at night or alternate night.
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