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Chapter 6 - Magical Potions
The Fountain of Youth
"The Wrinkle Cure®"

"If it sounds too good   to be true you know   it is!"

There is a bewildering array of wrinkle creams, wrinkle "cures", anti-aging creams, skin rejuvenation creams, topical anti-aging ointments and beauty and skin care products on the market today which promise to remove wrinkles and rejuvenate your face. Most do not work. Those that do work do so in very small incremental steps over a period of months to years. After that period of time the improvement in wrinkles is at best 10 to 20%. This is a very small return for such a large investment of time and money.

Topical skin creams and solutions do however play an integral and important part in any wrinkle removal or facial skin rejuvenation program. I have all of my patients on a topical skin preparation. But topical solutions are additive, they are only one part of a multi-step program which includes many other elements.

In this chapter I discuss the most popular and widely advertised topical anti-aging skin creams which are marketed today. All of these products are reported to remove wrinkles and or tighten facial skin. Different creams work in different ways.

I discuss most of the widely advertised wrinkle creams including:

  • Retin A®, Renova®, Retin A Micro®
  • Tazarotine (Avage®)
  • Retinols (Epiquin®)
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
  • Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone)
  • Polyenylphosphatidyl Choline (PPC)
  • Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE)
  • Acetyl Hexapaptide-3 (Avotone®)
  • Palmitoyl Pentapeptide
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Hydroquinone
  • Kojic Acid
  • Idebenone (Prevage®)

What creams work? What creams do not work? What are the dangers you must be aware of?

At the end of this chapter I provide a convenient easy to read table which lists the various topical anti-aging creams, whether there is sound scientific evidence to support claims made about their effectiveness, and whether or not I use them in my practice.

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