- What is retinol? Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative. Topical Vitamin A products are called retinoids. Retinoids are the second best anti-ager after broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection.
- What is the difference between retinols purchased at a drug store and those prescribed by dermatologist? Pharmaceutical companies formulate the retinoids that doctor’s prescribe. Each company gives their product a trade name,but they are all about equal in their efficacy. Cosmeceutical companies formulate retinoids that you can buy without prescription. Retinols are the most effective retinoid developed by cosmeceutical companies.
- What retinol is most effective? The difference amongst the various brands of retinols is the strength of retinol used. Studies have shown that for anti-aging purposes .1% retinol is as effective as a prescription retinoids.
- How does retinol work? Retinol improve fine wrinkles and lightens dark spots. It works by increasing collagen and hyaluronic acid, regulating the skin cell’s maturation process and dispersing dark granules in the skin’s cells.
- Who can benefit from using retinol? Men and women of all ages can benefit from using retinol on a daily basis. Retinols help with acne, so teenagers can use retinol as well.
- How long until I see results from Retinol use? Noticeable benefits usually take 3-6 months to appear.
- How does retinol compare to antioxidant treatment? Anti-oxidants quickly reverse cell damage from environmental exposure. Anti-oxidants work best when applied in the morning. Retinols reverse damage that has already occurred and trains the cells to function as a more youthful cell. Nightly application is recommended for retinols.
- Can I use retinol if I am going to be in the sun? Sun exposure is typically fine as long as you wear a broad spectrum UVA/UVB zinc based moisturizer. The zinc not only protects you from the rays but also calms the skin if any irritation has occurred. If your skin is red and tender, the sun can worsen the irritation. Irritation is more likely to occur with prescription strength retinoids.
- Can someone with sensitive skin use retinol? People with sensitive skin are at a greater risk of skin redness and flaking when using retinol products. Using a moisturizer that is a thick white consistency at night will help keep the skin hydrated. Applying a zinc based moisturizer in the morning is also beneficial to anyone using retinols, not just those with sensitive skin.
- How long should I use Retinol? Retinol should be used nightly until age 150! It keeps you looking healthy and young.
Remember to always listen to your skin! Be wise. Be beautiful. Likewise.