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Therapy for Wrinkles and Photoaging of the Skin
is an area of ongoing research. Many “cosmeceuticals” are now available to treat aging skin, including retinoids, antioxidants, hydroxy acids, bleaching agents, moisturizers, and sunscreens. Cosmeceuticals containing antioxidants are among the most popular antiaging remedies. Topically applied antioxidants exert their benefits by offering protection from damaging free radicals produced when skin is exposed to ultraviolet light or allowed to age naturally.

Topical preparations containing nutritionals such as Coenzyme Q10, vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), alpha-lipoic acid, and niacinamide have been shown to rejuvenate photoaged skin, reduce wrinkles, and lighten hyperpigmentation. Creams containing estrogens and progesterone have improved elasticity and firmness of the skin. Appropriate formulation and use which is supervised by a knowledgeable healthcare professional will maximize the benefits while minimizing any potential side effects of these therapies.

Ask our pharmacist about customized preparations that can be formulated to treat each patient’s unique problems.

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