Women in their twenties often ask if they should begin using wrinkle cream. Dr. Schultz will answer this important question.
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Dr. Neal Schultz: Hello I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and welcome to DermTV. Even women in their twenties ask me, should they be using anti-wrinkle creams, and actually, the answer is yes, even though they don't have any wrinkles. When I say anti-wrinkle creams, I'm talking about things like the newer peptide creams which have become very popular in the past five years. The older retinoids like Retin-A and Renova, and even the exfoliants we've been talking about which have been popular in the last 10 or 15 years, like glycolic acid and salicylic acid. Wrinkles are caused by a loss of collagen and the material in the skin that the collagen sits in which is called a semi-liquid matrix. Think of Jello with fruit. The fruit is suspended in the Jello. The fruit is the collagen, the Jello is this semi-liquid matrix. And as you lose either of these components in the skin, the skin loses volume and it sags and falls in, and that's what causes a line or a wrinkle. All of these anti-wrinkle creams work the same way. They all make the body either produce more collagen or produce more of this semi-liquid matrix, both of which occupy volume and help to prevent the skin from falling in and preventing wrinkles, Now, even though people in their twenties don't have wrinkles, they're already losing their collagen and the material it floats in. They just haven't hit critical mass, so you actually don't see the line or wrinkle because they haven't lost enough of it but they're losing it. So if you start these anti-wrinkle creams early in your 20s, you'll start the production of both of these materials and as a result, you'll delay the onset of your wrinkles and lines by 5 or 10 years. You may not have been destined to get lines until your 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s, but whenever you are going to get it, either determined by your genetics or by the amount of sun you've had you'll delay the onset of them because you will be producing the material that helps to fight their recurrence. Think of it as preventive maintenance for your skin and start it early. Please join me again at dermtv.com. If you have a question please send me by visiting dermtv.com/question. I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and thank you for watching today.