A Natural Substitute for Retin-A
Retin A (Tretinoin) is a topical solution used to treat acne. It’s also a great way to smooth out wrinkles and aging skin. It can be found in a gel, cream or lotion and must be prescribed by your physician or dermatologist. Although it can be quite costly, Retin-A can offer you amazing results, if used properly. But if not applied with care, Retin-A can lead to blistering, irritation and hypersensitivity to sunlight. If you don’t want to put yourself at risk for these adverse effects, there are some natural options you can consider.
Rose Hip Seed Oil-Contains a natural source of Tretinoin (the active ingredient in Retin-A), it’s also a great source of Vitamin C and won’t irritate the skin.
Tea Tree Oil- Topical agents with 5% tea tree oil may be as effective as lotions with 5% benzoyl peroxide in drying up breakouts. Side effects can be serious for people with certain skin conditions, so consult a doctor before experimenting with tea tree oil.
Zinc-an essential mineral, is suggested as a supplement because it helps with healing and skin regeneration. It can be used topically in a cream or lotion or taken orally with meals. Side effects can include nausea and an unpleasant taste in your mouth.
As always, watch your sugar, fat and salt intake and drink plenty of water throughout the day!