August 31, 2020 2 min read
Retinol and Skincare: What is Retinol?
Retinol is known as the gold-standard ingredient in skin care for anti-aging because it alters the behavior of aged skin cells so they act in a more youthful manner. Retinol stimulates collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin production in the skin, plumping wrinkles, smoothing, and refining skin texture and enhances skin radiance.
But retinol goes way beyond being ant-aging. Due to its powerful cell renewal property, retinol can be incredibly helpful for people who suffer with acne and breakouts. It helps to normalize cell turnover and has an exfoliating effect that reduces congestion in the pores as well as pimples, blackheads and cysts.
Retinol can also target hyperpigmentation. It helps to reduce epidermal melanin by blocking the transcription of tyrosinase, induce desquamation, disperse keratinocyte pigment granules and enhance epidermal cell turnover.
Retinoids are a huge family of compounds derived from vitamin A. There are actually several forms from over the counter to prescription strength in topical and oral medication form.
Over the counter (OTC) retinoids are most often found in serums, eye creams, and night moisturizers.
It is recommended to only use a pea-size amount, and to start by applying it to your entire face every other night. Remember that it takes several weeks for your skin to adjust to the product, so it's best to use it sparingly at first and then gradually increase your use as time goes on. If your skin becomes dry or irritated, reduce usage to every other night or even once per week.
If you have never used retinol before, it is suggested to begin with a lower percentage or a more gentle strength product containing retinol into your regimen. Allow your skin to acclimate to that product for 6 to 8 weeks and then if you skin is tolerating it well, you can step-up to a higher percentage and more moderate strength product. The goal is to stimulate the skin, without causing excessive inflammation.
As with any other skin care product, the key to seeing results is consistent use. Retinol will not deliver visible results quickly, so patience is essential. Improvements in texture can take about two to four months to start to become visible. With continued use, you will see the changes you are looking for.
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