DO CONSULT A DOCTOR BEFORE USING RETINOL & RETIN-A PRODUCTS!!
|Retinol & Retin A: Myth or Miracle?|
What is Retinol and Retin-A?
- Retinol and Retin-A are both compounds that come from the Vitamin A family. Retin-A is the prescription form and is a little more powerful but also has more side effects. Retinol meanwhile can take longer for effects to be noticeable but is less likely to cause problems or irritation.
|Various products containing Retinol and Retin A, available in market.|
- Both of these ingredients are used in a number of skin products with the intended benefit of smoothing out skin tone and texture and removing fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol and Retin A products increase cell turnover in the top layer of skin, so it makes skin look better.
- It is recommended that only those who are 30 years old or older try using retinol or retin-A but probably not really necessary until you reach your 40s.
- There are various guidelines to follow to make sure you get the best results too and minimise negative effects. Retinol should not be used every day, but ideally every other night. It’s also better to use this at night, not at day time.
- Retinol/ Retin-A products make the skin sensitive to sunlight, so it’s a MUST that you use a sunscreen while using these products.
Pros and Cons
- The main pro of retinol and retin-A is obvious that they work in a much more immediate and noticeable manner than most other skin-care products when it comes to combatting aging. Normally you’ll see benefits within one to eight weeks.
- On the downside, as one of the more effective treatments retinol-containing creams tend to be a little more expensive than many others which is a consideration for many people.
- More importantly though, retinol is also much more likely to cause irritation than more mild treatments and has to be applied gradually and in small quantities as a result.
- Retinoids work by exfoliating the skin and were originally designed as treatments for acne. Thus they can be quite aggressive and may cause peeling, flaking, reddening and dryness in the skin.
It all depends on the concentration or strength of the product.
- Those with rosacea or eczema should avoid retinoids, and if you’re young then there’s probably no reason to go this severe in your skin regime yet. If you’re under thirty then avoid the retinol try some spa packages instead. They’re much more relaxing and enjoyable…