Yugard by Ranbaxy is often prescribed by dermatologists for acne scars, hyper pigmentation caused by sun damage and as an anti-aging cream for wrinkles. In this review of Yugard cream, we are going to look at some of the common questions about its use and safety.
Yugard cream composition / ingredients
Yugard contains 0.15% retinol in a cream base. It is a retinoid cream. Retinoid is a class of vitamin A derivatives that encompasses retinol, retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate and retinaldehyde among others. Retinoids are one of the most powerful skin transforming ingredients available today.
How does Yugard cream work
Retinol containing creams work by causing surface skin cells to shed rapidly, making way for new skin cells underneath. They prevent collagen breakdown in the skin and thicken the skin to prevent formation of wrinkles.
For hyper pigmentation, retinoids exfoliates dark skin cells and reduce the formation of melanin.
Yugard cream for acne
If you have moderate to severe acne, Yugard can help other treatments work better. It can unclog pores allowing other topical acne treatments to enter and work better.
Yugard also helps reduce acne breakouts by sloughing off dead cells, preventing them from clogging up the pores. By clearing acne and reducing new acne, it also reduces the formation of new acne scars.
Yugard cream for acne scars
Yugard can help improve hyper pigmented brown spots left by pimples. That is because it induces exfoliation of skin cells, so new, healthier skin cells come up faster and the pigmented cells are gotten rid of.
It also thickens the skin, promoting collagen formation, which in turn can somewhat “fill up” rolling scars / depressed acne scars.
How to use Yugard cream
Retinol containing products such as Yugard are best used as night creams.
- Wash the face, let it dry completely.
- Take a pea sized amount of Yugard and dot it all over the face avoiding the eye socket.
- Gently massage it into the skin.
- Avoid going too close to the hair line or eyebrows.
- If skin becomes dry, pat a gentle moisturizer on top.
- Definitely use a broad spectrum sunscreen throughout the day.
- Avoid harsh scrubs or chemical exfoliants.
- Don’t use it at the same time as skin care products made with benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid or salicylic acid. The combination can cause severe skin irritation.
- To prevent dryness and irritation, use sparingly.
- Start with using it twice a week, then move to thrice a week and then nightly. If irritation occurs, back off for a few days.
How long will it take to see results
It may take 3 to 6 months for you to see visible results. This is a wide range because retinol is not as potent as tretinoin (commonly available as Retino-A in India). Yugard can be considered a milder, safer cousin of Retino-A.
Yugard cream side effects
Retinol containing products cause stinging, peeling and redness in the first few weeks of use. During this time, you should try to keep the rest of your skin care regimen as simple as possible, using only tried and tested bare minimum products. If you notice swelling on the skin, stop use until it subsides.
Even though it is a topical cream, chances still exist of it causing Hypervitaminosis A which means an overdose of vitamin A. This condition is characterized by fatigue, irritability, weight loss, vomiting, slight fever, hair loss from eyebrows and scalp, dry hair, dry and bleeding lips and body ache. Be on the lookout for any of these signs.
Who should not use Yugard cream
Women who are pregnant or nursing should not be using Yugard. Also those with jeopardized liver function should not be using it. If you notice any signs of Hypervitaminonsis A, you should stop use immediately.
Yugard is not as dangerous as it sounds, most people tolerate it well, but it is good to know all possible risks of using such creams.
Where to buy Yugard cream in India
It is available at medical stores. The price of Yugard cream is Rs. 900 for a 30 gm tube.
An alternative to Yugard cream is Strea-A retinol capsules from Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. You break open one Strea-A capsule for a single use. Encapsulation in this way keeps the retinol from losing its efficacy from coming in contact with the air.
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