The short answer is “yes” but it does depend on the products in question. Skin care has come a long way from using inactive ingredients to soften the surface of the skin and to act as an artificial barrier.
Vitamin A has been established to be effective in skin rejuvenation by enhancing collagen production and remodelling and correcting vascular and pigmentary changes. Vitamin A in the form of tretinoin is powerful but irritating to the skin. Retinols are gentler and the initial skin reactions will subside as tolerance builds up. The concentration is important; trace amount will do nothing.
Hydroquinone is the gold standard in skin lightening. Despite previous bad press, hydroquinone is safe and effective when used under supervision and for controlled periods of time. Non-hydroquinone lightening products tend to be less potent but can still produce good results in the right combination.
The brand of the products is only important insofar as it relates to the formulation and manufacturing process. The right ingredients need to be packaged in the right combination and in a delivery medium that enables optimum penetration and absorption.
The usual skincare regime we recommend involves cleaning the face twice daily and using a combination of products to control sebum secretion, improve/maintain skin health and correct identified problems. Daily UV protection is promoted as essential.
The images below of a team member, taken 8 months apart, show the improvement in fine lines, tone and pigmentary changes attained through using products alone (hydroquinone not used).
Mrs CC Kat is a leading Midlands Consultant Plastic Surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. She is a full member of both British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and British Association of Aesthetic , Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (BAPRAS) as well as several international aesthetic surgery associations. She worked as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust but now runs her private practice, CC Kat Aesthetics – Birmingham Laser, Skin and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, full time. For more information, visit www.cckat.com or call 0121 456 7930