by Kim Pratt | Sep 27, 2022 | MICRONEEDLING, TRETINOIN | 0 comments

Skin Cell Turnover

I am forty and my biological processes have slowed down. This includes the rate of my skin cell turnover. When you’re a child your skin cell turnover rate is the fastest it will ever be and collagen and ceramides are bountiful. This is why children have such perfect, glowing skin.

As we age the epidermis loses strength and structure. We also have collagen depletion and a significant slowdown of skin cell turnover. The weakening of skin structure can cause skin sagging, deep wrinkles, and dull looking skin.

skin cell turnover is the natural process of skin cell creation. These new cells are created so they can replace old cells at the surface of the skin.

New skin cells are born in the deepest part of the epidermis, the stratum germinativum. Then, they travel through the skin until they reach the outermost layer, the stratum corneum. The skin cells at the surface are subject to normal wear and tear of environmental stress and sun damage. In time, these old skin cells eventually harden and die. When this happens, the skin sheds the old, and new skin cells take place. Approximately every 28 days your skin rejuvenates itself with new skin cells. But, this can take anywhere from 20 to 40 days depending on your turnover rate. See Here.

What Is Tretinoin?

Tretinoin is a medication used to treat acne and sun-damaged skin. It can’t erase deep wrinkles, but it can help improve the appearance of surface wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots.

Tretinoin is also known as retinoic acid. It’s the generic name for synthetic vitamin A. It’s sold under many different brand names. Retin-A is one of those brand names, which shouldn’t be confused with retinol.

Retinoids are a group of compounds derived from vitamin A. Tretinoin and retinol both fall under this umbrella.

Both tretinoin and retinol are topical skin care products that can treat the same conditions. They both promote rapid exfoliation and stimulation of collagen and elastin, which leads to smoother-looking skin. But they’re not quite the same.

Retinol is:

  • a natural form of vitamin A
  • milder and less irritating to sensitive skin
  • available without a prescription
  • found in many over-the-counter cosmetics and skin care products

Tretinoin is:

  • a synthetic version of vitamin A
  • stronger than retinol
  • only available with a prescription
  • not as well tolerated by sensitive skin
Why Microneedle With Tretinoin?

The simple answer:  A quick skin cell turnover and glowy skin. Get rid of those dead skin cells sitting on your face and induce a faster turnover skin cell rate. It’s that simple and takes a few short days of small shedding. 

Step 1

Wash your skin and make sure you start with a hydrating cream mask or a gentle exfoliation mask. I used my Mudmasky masky and cleaned up with my Vital C facewash. Dry your face and apply two full pea-size amounts to the face. 

Step 2

Add a HA or Snail Mucin to Make a Milky Slip. I used a 36 pin head on my Dr Pen M8 dialed at a .5 and microneedled in small circular areas. 

Step 3

Lastly, make sure to rub in the mixture of HA or Snail Mucin with Tretinoin when finished microneedling. I then apply a sheet mask with hydrating ingredients, I used a Hubis Labs HA mask. I then take my Solawave LED light wand to press in the the serum of the mask. It ran out of charge so I used my Revive Sonique Mini LED silicone head to push in the product as well. The very last step I put on my Omnilux Face LED Mask.  xo- Kim

Products Used:

Cleansing Sponges 

MudMasky Face Mask

Image Vital C Face Wash 

Revive LED Sonique Mini Brush  Kaos10 Save 10%

Tretinoin ReliableRx Use code: KAOS10

Cos De Baha Snail Mucin

Cos De Baha HA

Dr Pen M8 Use Code Kaos12

Amazon Microneedling Pen

Hubis Labs Mask  Code Kaos10

Omnilux LED Face Mask  Code: Kaos10



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  1. Microneedling is by far the best thing one can do for themselves at home. The change in texture and fine lines is unbelievable.❤️

  2. Hi Kim, I’m trying to buy the Microneedleling Pen 8 but I can’t find it can you suggest a website maybe on sale.🤗.
    Thank you
    Sara Rosado

  3. Do you use a numbing cream? If so for how long and brand. Also, what speed and deepth do you use..and do you use on the 36pin for all you face and neck?

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