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I am 43, using retin a .05% for about 10 weeks on my neck when I noticed skin 'drooping' where under my chin and beginning of my neck meet. I immediately stopped the retin a but after 2 weeks, the drooping is still there, the skin is shriveled and gets sucked up into my neck when I swallow (kinda like your cheeks do when you suck hard on a straw). WHAT HAVE I DONE? Will it go away? Has anyone experienced this before? I know retin a can make the skin look worse before it looks better but it's been 2 weeks and I'm worried. Any advice or experience would be greatly appreciated.
There can be a transition period with Vitamin A. It can dry out the skin for several months before the skin starts to normalise again. It will become more hydrated after approx 3 months. Then you can also see mild benefits from collagen production by about 6 months. I say "mild" because I have used Retin A for years and it's never prevented actual facial sagging. It can't control facial fat deflation that happens with age.
Also, you may want to stop using it after 9 months. Give your skin a break. That way you keep your skin "excited" by it. Sometimes the skin gets used to a product and goes to sleep. Our cells need something new to stimulate them.
Don't stress about your skin at this stage too much. The effects of stress will cause more wrinkling and sagging than anything else.
The neck is tricky. Retin A works well on my face but just thought to try it on my neck. The face and neck sag, yes, because of a loss of collagen and elastin. What really causes sagging is the muscles in your face just sit there.. and they droop. If you never exercise your body.. you become a droopy mess. It's the same with the face. There are 56 muscles in the face that hardly get used. You can stretch your face and load it with fillers.. but it won't make you look younger in the long run.
I teach facial exercise. I trained in London with Eva Fraser and am the only licensed practitioner in the United States.. I'm in California. She will be 87 in January. I'm 62, and she has fewer lines than me.
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