Retinol (which is a form of a Retinoid) is a derivative of Vitamin A. This topical anti-aging skin treatment usually comes in cream formula, which is applied regularly to the face and other body parts.
When asked which skin care treatment should be used on a regular, on-going basis to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and imperfections, Dr. Joseph Rheim (a well-reputed Dermatologist from the Rheim Dermatology Cosmetic Laser Center in Monterey, California) said, “definitely use a Retinoid treatment, such as Retin-A, or even a non-prescription Retinol treatment from a drugstore or beauty counter”.
How Retinol Improves Your Skin
- Retinol can reduce the appearance of acne. “Topical forms of retinol effectively treat acne, according to the Mayo Clinic. It works by unplugging your follicles and exfoliating your skin cells to keep pores clear. Simultaneously, retinol also helps eliminate bacteria that cause pimples, creating a two-pronged acne-destroying situation.” [Source: LiveStrong]
- Retinol has been proven to “diminish wrinkles. Retinol creams work as a powerful antioxidant to help “repair skin damage,” according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Retinol can help rejuvenate skin and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s commonly found in over-the-counter anti-wrinkle treatments.” [Source: LiveStrong]
- Since Retinol encourages skin cell rejuvenation (which essentially means that you are sloughing off dead skin cells with the purpose of revealing fresh, healthy skin underneath), over time, it minimizes the signs of sun damage, such as sun spots and discoloration. Skin ends up looking brighter and more even-toned.
How To Use Retinol
Dr. Rheim explained that Retinol treatments are best used on a daily basis, at night only. This is because they can cause sun sensitivity. Since “Retinol encourages skin cell turnover; this new skin is delicate and should not be exposed to the sun.” [Source: WebMD]
In addition, since Retinoids (or the less intense form, Retinol) can cause redness, dryness, and irritation, it’s advisable to slowly build-up your usage. Start out by applying a Retinol treatment a few times a week. After a week or two, then use the product every other day. After a few weeks, your skin should have adjusted to the Retinol, so you can now use it everyday. If you find that your skin is reacting adversely, switch back to every other day usage.
If you want to help your skin reverse the aging process, it definitely behooves you to incorporate use of a Retinol treatment in your skin care regime. After 90 days of continued use, you’ll definitely notice a visible improvement in the appearance and texture of your skin.
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