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Exfoliation is the natural process your skin uses to shed old cells and replace them with new, healthy ones. Exfoliation also stimulates new collagen production in the deeper layers of the dermis. This effectively results in the slight thickening and tightening of the facial skin, which reduces the appearance of the fine lines associated with aging skin.

Unfortunately, as you age, your skin’s natural exfoliation ability and collagen production starts to slow. Retinol is a chemical-exfoliating compound that is incorporated into many retail face creams.

Your plastic surgeon, Dr. Charles V. Pledger, also sells potent retinol creams that can be applied to trouble spots on the skin to stimulate the natural process of exfoliation.

It’s worth noting that there is a difference between retinol products solid in stores and the compound known as Retin-A. Because Retin-A can cause mild skin dryness, it is only available with a prescription.

Retin-A is a much more powerful version of retinol. It can also help with the reduction of dark spots and other types of skin discoloration. If you’ve been dissatisfied with your results from retinol products in Provo, Utah, you might want to ask Dr. Charles V. Pledger about the Retin-A creams and gels that he offers.

If you have questions about what exfoliating agents are best for you, please feel free to call Charles V. Pledger, MD at 801-373-4300 to set up a consultation session.