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Skin Medica has taken a great skin care product and made it better! This unparalleled anti-aging serum is the first to combine the benefits of the patented growth factor serum, TNS Recovery Complex®, with potent antioxidants, peptides and other innovative anti-aging ingredients to regenerate your skin.
I have always been a huge fan of Skin Medica TNS products, especially the TNS recovery complex. The TNS products are unique because they are made with human growth factors. TNS stands for Tissue Nutrient Solution, which is a balanced mixture of 110 growth factors that mimic the body’s natural process in a way that can not be replicated with a single growth factor. Unlike other skin products that contain plant growth factors, TNS products contain Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media. TNS was produced from human fibroblast. The TNS recovery complex contains a high level of Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media, it is the first ingredient listed on the label at 93.6 % concentration. I don’t know of any other growth factor product that can compete with the TNS Recovery complex. The potent growth factor blend helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and overall tone and texture of skin. TNS recovery complex also strengthens the skin’s natural ability to regenerate itself, as well as improve skin firmness and resiliency.
Skin Medica added APS Corrective Complex to their signature product, TNS Recovery Complex. The two products are not actually mixed together, they are in separate chambers of the same bottle. When the product is pumped out, you will have a line of TNS Recovery Complex next to a line of APS Corrective Complex. The APS Corrective Complex is a potent mixture of antioxidants, peptides and other innovative anti-aging ingredients like Hyaluronic filling spheres. The APS Corrective Complex also contains 2% Alpha-Arbutin to brighten skin and reduce skin discolorations and Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) a muscle inhibitor that works to relax facial muscles.
The benefits of these revolutionary products don’t exactly come cheep at $260, but keep in mind what you are getting. You are getting two products. The TNS Essential Serum is about $95 more than the TNS Recovery complex, however you are getting an additional skin product. You are also getting the most potent ( 93.6%) human growth factor available in a topical skin care product. This product is about science and actual results not just pretty packaging and expensive marketing. There are plenty of skin care products available that will cost you much more than a pretty penny and will do little more than look nice sitting on your counter.
- 110 Growth Factors
- 3 Peptides
- 7 Antioxidants, including Coenzyme Q10
- 2% Alpha- Arbutin – skin brightener
- Hyaluronic Filling Spheres – immediately fills in lines
- Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) – works to relax facial muscles
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Tretinoin ( retinoic acid) is the acid form of vitamin A and is available as a cream or gel (brand names Retin-A, Renova, Aberela, Airol, Atralin, Avita, or Stieva-A). Tretinoin was FDA approved as a topical medication in 1971. Tretinoin treats acne, minimizes pores and reduces oiliness. The anti-aging benefits of tretinoin include, reducing appearance of fine lines and skin discoloration.
Tretinoin promotes detachment of cornified cells and the enhanced shedding of corneocytes from the follicle. Tretinoin also increases the turnover rate of thin, loosely-adherent corneocytes. By making keratin softer and more gelatinous, the stratum corneum becomes soft and compact. Tretinoin suppresses the melanocytes, this is why it is often used when treating skin discoloration.
Tretinoin stimulating fibroblast.
It is believed that tretinoin stimulates the fibroblast. Some studies suggest that tretinoin can help firm the skin by stimulating fibroblast activity. Fibroblasts produce collagen, elastic fibers, and the ground substance of the dermis. With age fibroblasts become smaller and less active.
Tretinoin enhances the skin healing process.
Studies show that topical use of tretinoin before chemical peels, enhanced healing. There is more epidermal regeneration and collagen regeneration appears to be faster when skin was pre treated with tretinoin.
Tretinoin makes my skin peel and it feels tight and dry.
Initially, tretinoin dehydrates the skin the outer surface of the skin ( stratum corneum ), causing a rapid exfoliation. The good news is, tretinoin repairs the damaged keratinocytes, increases mitosis, and restores proper hydration. With time your skin builds up tolerance and reactions subside.
Does tretinoin thin the skin?
I have heard people say, “don’t use tretinoin it thins the skin”. I think there is some confusion, about what part of the skin is thinning and if that is a good or bad thing.
Tretinoin works by thinning the outermost layer of the skin (stratum corneum), while cells in the epidermis are stimulated to produce a thicker epidermis layer. Collagen production and cellular growth in the dermis layer also increases. Although it is true that tretinoin does thin the stratum corneum, it actually makes other layers of the skin thicker. Thinning the stratum corneum isn’t exactly a bad thing. With age the statum corneum can become thick and dehydrated causing the appearance of fine lines and rough, sallow skin.
Epidermis Stratum corneum, outermost layer with dead keratinocytes being exfoliated off.
Is retinol the same as Retin-A ( tretinoin)?
Many people confuse retinol with Retin-A (tretinoin). Retinol and retinoic acid (tretinoin) are related but distinctly different. Retinol, retinal and retinyl palmitate, do not have the same effect on the skin as tretinoin/ retinoic acid. They first need to be converted by special enzymes into the active metabolite, retinoic acid. Unfortunately , the conversion rate is low and varies among individuals. The other problem is that when retinols are exposed to air, they can become oxidized and degraded. There are some companies that have produced retinol formulas that are more stabilized.
Tretinoin vs AHA’s
Tretinoin causes a rapid coarse exfoliation, which is the shedding of attached group of cells. AHA’s cause shedding of individual cells. The action of AHA’s is extracellular, compared to the intracellular action of tretinoin. The intracellular action of tretinoin works goes into the dermis and stimulates the fibroblast. The effects of tretinoin can last up to four months even after product has been discontinued, in contrast to the short lasting smoothing effects of AHAs.
Tretinoin is a drug.
Tretinoin is a drug and should be used only as prescribed. There are certain contraindications for using Tretinoin, including pregnancy and nursing. You should not wax skin that has been treated with tretinoin and some skin treatments are not recommended while using tretinoin. Be sure to discuss possible contraindications with your skin professional.
*You should never purchase Tretinoin or any other prescribed drug on line.