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These Three Ingredients Can Accelerate Skin Cell Turnover for a Younger Look

By: Rachel Day, M.D.


Cell turnover is a natural process we don't see – our skin cells constantly die off, and new ones are regenerated to take their place. But as we age and environmental factors like sun damage take their toll, this process slows down. This buildup may leave your complexion dull, dry, and lifeless.

Now, you can take control of the aging process by meeting with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rachel Day in Chambersburg, PA. OneSkin Dermatology is proud to offer products and services that help provide the youthful skin you love. Below, we describe three ingredients that can improve cell turnover and give your skin a radiant glow.

1. Retinol and retinoids

Vitamin A derivatives like retinol and retinoids are some of the most well-known anti-aging ingredients. They are also essential for improving cell turnover.

The big difference between retinol and retinoids is strength. Retinols contain a lower concentration of the active ingredient, meaning they can be found over the counter at many drugstores. They are gentler on the skin and work more gradually. Some people choose to combine retinol with other active ingredients for dramatic results.

Prescription-strength retinoids have a higher concentration of the active ingredient and are available through a professional, like a dermatologist. This is because they cause side effects like irritation, redness, and peeling – especially when not used correctly. While both retinol and retinoids can be effective, retinoids may produce faster and better outcomes.

2. Bakuchiol

As more people turn to natural anti-aging solutions, bakuchiol has become a popular ingredient in skin care products. Studies have shown that this plant-based compound can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as rough skin texture – all without causing the irritation commonly associated with retinoids. This makes bakuchiol a great choice for those with sensitive skin.

3. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs)

AHAs are water-soluble acids made from plants. These chemical exfoliants buff away dead skin cells, revealing brighter and more even-toned skin underneath. There are several kinds of AHAs, but these are the most popular for empowered aging:

  • Glycolic acid: This AHA has the smallest molecule size and, therefore, can penetrate the skin more deeply. Glycolic acid is made from sugar cane and can be included in over-the-counter skin care products or treatments like chemical peels.
  • Lactic acid: Lactic acid is taken from dairy products and is the most gentle AHA for your skin. It's even found in many topical treatments designed to manage eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. When used regularly, lactic acid can also enhance your skin's moisture levels.
  • Mandelic acid: This acid is derived from bitter almonds and has a larger AHA molecule. Because of this, it's less likely to cause irritation – making it a good choice for individuals with sensitive skin.

Which ingredients work best for you?

OneSkin Dermatology is dedicated to providing patients in Chambersburg, PA with information and resources so they make informed decisions about their skin care. An assessment with Dr. Day can help determine which ingredients work best for your skin type and goals. Our skin care recommendations are always based on what's best for you – not what's trending in the industry.

Ask about our skin care treatments

Cell turnover is just one part of a comprehensive anti-aging regimen. If you are interested in learning which products and services can maintain beautiful skin, call OneSkin Dermatology to meet with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rachel Day. We can discuss retinol and retinoids, bakuchiol, AHAs, and other ingredients that meet your needs in Chambersburg, PA.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.