Retinol is a type of retinoid and one of the most common forms of synthetic vitamin A, with some referring to it as vitamin A1, and has gained increased popularity due to its anti-aging properties. Although they are not as potent as the retinoids you can get over the counter, retinols can still do wonders for your skin by combating signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, sunspots, and more. Additionally, it can help combat acne as well as melasma and other types of hyperpigmentation. To achieve the best results, skincare products containing retinol should be used every day, consistently. It may be hard at first to figure out the best way to integrate them into your existing skincare routine, but considering the benefits its well worth it to carve out a spot.
Purpose of Retinol in Skincare
Anti-aging is retinols most well know use, and for good reason – they are highly effective in not only protecting against the breakdown of collagen but stimulating collagen growth as well. Collagen is a protein that provides structure for most of the human body, accounting for close to a third of the body’s total protein composition, and is one of the major building blocks for skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and, of course, skin. Retinol can also strengthen the epidermis – the skin’s outermost layer responsible for keeping you safe from potentially harmful external pathogens – and reduce the amount of water that is passively evaporated from the skin, which in turn helps keep skin more hydrated. This combination of collagen growth and protection and reduction in evaporation means retinol will make the skin more plump and supple, thus making it appear more youthful. The results of a slew of recent studies have shown these effects in action one found that topical applications of retinol increased epidermis thickness and improved blood flow in the areas it was applied to, one found that the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and neck could be reduced after eight weeks of topical application, and another also found retinol to increase epidermal thickness as well as promote collagen production.
What Can Retinol Help With?
In addition to its anti-aging effects, skincare products that contain retinol can be used to treat acne, especially severe breakouts that have not gotten better over time. These products have the potential to unclog pores, letting other medicated gels and creams get to work better and produce better results. Retinol can also clear up acne by reducing outbreaks by stopping dead skin cells from clogging pores. Additionally, the promoted collagen production and reduced evaporation can help clear up reddened or irritated parts of the skin. Those who suffer from keratosis pilaris, a condition which causes the skin to be rough and bumpy, will find that products containing retinol may work wonders for clearing up their skin. Acne scars can also be reduced with topical applications of retinol products.
It should be noted that retinol products won’t work wonders for all skin types. The American Academy of Dermatology warns that people with very dark colored skin should be careful in their use of skincare products that contain retinol, or any retinoid. The products can trigger irritation as well as dark marks known as hyperpigmentation. For those with darker skin tones that have interest in using retinol products, we recommend starting slow and alongside moisturizer.
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