It’s inevitable that everyone will age over time. Creams and serums will promise to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, but it’s not always guaranteed to deliver results. Doctors and dermatologists have known retinol to reduces wrinkles and lighten scars; however, it does come in different forms and delivers different effects.
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a form of retinoid derived from vitamin A. It’s normally used in skin care as it has been known to give your skin a healthy glow. As you age, your skin cells stop turning over and eventually pile up. Retinol has been known to encourage cell turnover at a normal rate. It minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, improves texture, and diminishes hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Retinol is sometimes added to acne products as it can clear blocked pores, allowing your skin to breathe and preventing future breakouts.
Different Kinds of Retinol
There is not just a single type of retinol. It can come in various doses and strengths and can deliver different results. Over-the-counter retinol is a weaker version of tretinoin, while prescribed retinol, also known as Retin-A or tretinoin, is much stronger.
Prescribed retinol is typically used for severe acne, or if you want to see quick anti-aging results. This form of retinol can be found in smaller doses in drugstore skin care products. Tretinoin can treat fine lines, skin discolouration, texture, enlarged pores, and stimulates blood flow and collagen production.
It’s recommended to start off on a gentle amount before using the strong stuff as it can cause redness, dryness, and discomfort. Some skincare products mix caffeine or peptides and other ingredients that boost the effectiveness of retinol. Although the results may not be as quick, over-the-counter retinol is milder on the skin. It’s like tretinoin but is milder and more tolerable for most people.
It’s important to start out slow before increasing the amount, as all retinol works the same. Some may take a little longer than others but will deliver the same results. It’s safer to start out with a low dose in a drugstore product and slowly increase the dosage over time. Start off with using the retinol every two to three nights and increase the usage until your skin can tolerate it every night.
It’s best to use retinol at night before bed, as it increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Ensure that you always wear sunscreen as well; as without it, it can cause sunspots. There are retinols specifically made for oily or sensitive skin, and it’s best to match your skin type to get the best results. Always avoid the eye area and corners of the mouth and nose, as retinol can build up in these areas and cause flaky and cracked skin.
When used correctly and cautiously, retinol can deliver amazing results. It’s important to wait at least 10 minutes after washing or exfoliating to use retinol, as your skin is more sensitive immediately after cleansing
When Not to Use Retinol
When your skin becomes red, dry, and flaky, it’s not accustomed to retinol or you’ve used too much of it. If your skin becomes angry, it’s best not to use it for a few days until your skin calms down. Once your skin feels better, you can restart on a very small amount and slowly build up your tolerance again.
If you’re using acne medication, it’s best not to mix it with retinol. Although retinol is sometimes incorporated into acne cleansers and treatments, mixing the two without understanding the proper doses and types can cause severe irritation. Salicylic acid, glycolic acids, and alpha hydroxy acids are the types of acne medications you don’t want to mix with retinol. Instead of the clear and glowing skin you were hoping for, mixing the two chemicals can cause redness and even burning in some cases.
Do not use retinol if you are planning to get waxed. Because of the cell turnover rate that retinol provides, your skin is not as thick as it used to be. The retinol removes several layers of skin and becomes fragile and sensitive. Stop using retinol at least a week before any facial waxing or else the wax could take your skin off.
Although you should be careful when using retinol, the results can be amazing. It can smooth and even out your skin in just a few weeks if used properly. It is important to use the right formulations and reputable brands to ensure the best results!
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