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As far an anti-aging products go, few have been as extensively researchedâ€”and dermatologist recommendedâ€”as retinol. These members of the vitamin A family have a bevy of beauty benefits for the skin, including accelerating cellular turnover, increasing collagen production and improving the appearance of dark spots and discoloration.
According to Miami dermatologist, Leslie Baumann, MD, the anti-aging effects of retinoids (retinolâ€™s prescription-based sibling) were discovered in the 1970s, when the ingredient was in FDA trials for treating acne. â€œDr. Albert Kligman (who coined the term â€œcosmeceuticalâ€) and his partner Dr. Jim Leyden noticed that their