The next time you visit your dermatologist, you should consider asking whether a retinoid treatment is appropriate for your skin type and condition. Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A that help increase collagen production, reduce fine lines, and unclog pores. Additionally, they boost cell turn over and may even out skin discoloration. About 40 years ago the first retinoid was approved by the US FDA under the trade name Retin-A. Though Retin-A was used as an acne treatment, through pure serendipity, dermatologists noticed that patients on Retin-A not only had clearer skin, but also skin that was less lined, softer and brighter. Today, there are many retinoids available for various skin types, and your dermatologist can help you determine if this is a good treatment option for you.