Aging of the skin combined with symptoms of hormone decline can lead to feeling aged before being old. Premature aging of the skin can result from years of exposure to UV rays, smoking, and bad skincare habits. With age comes diminished levels of collagen in the skin, which can cause wrinkles and volume loss. Production of hormones also slows with age, which can lead to uncomfortable symptoms.
There are multiple effective options for treating the signs and symptoms of aging that are available from a compounding pharmacy.
Premature aging of the skin is mostly caused by unprotected sun exposure and habits like smoking. Even with proper skin protection and a good skincare routine however, there will still be volume loss and wrinkles associated with aging. Age spots (also called sun spots) are areas of hyper-pigmented skin that form from sun exposure. These discolorations in the skin from sun damage can often be reduced with the use of a cream containing hydroquinone.
Hydroquinone evens out skin tone by changing the pigment of the skin. While hydroquinone cream is available commercially, it is not available in strengths 6% or higher except through a compounding pharmacy. Additionally, a compounding pharmacy can combine hydroquinone with other effective lightening ingredients like kojic acid and anti-aging ingredients like tretinoin.
Tretinoin (retinoic acid) is a derivative of vitamin A that speeds up the skin’s renewal process. A tretinoin cream replaces rough, sun-damaged skin with newer skin cells. The cream can be applied daily to help reduce years of accumulated sun damage. When beginning tretinoin, some irritation and scaling may occur. This will usually go away with continued use as the skin adjusts.
Examples of Formulations:
- Peel and Bleach Cream: Hydroquinone 8%, Tretinoin 0.1%, Hydrocortisone 0.5%
- Hydroquinone 6%, 8%, 10% Creams
- Tretinoin 0.025%, 0.05%, 0.1% Creams
Serums, gels, and creams with hyaluronic acid are also effective at reducing the signs of aging. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that is naturally produced in the skin and helps it retain water. With age comes a diminished production of hyaluronic acid, which leads to dull, dry skin. By using a daily moisturizer along with hyaluronic acid, the skin’s ability to retain moisture can be restored. Our peptide serum Encore Jeune also contains hyaluronic acid 1% along with other effective ingredients like Vitamin C, DMAE and Argireline.
It is available for purchase at the pharmacy counter.