Retinol – The MultiTasking Skin Care Potion
Retinol is a very popular skincare ingredient, primarily used for treating ageing concerns and acne. Derived from vitamin A, retinols are not the same as retinoids which are more potent and available only via prescription. Retinols are of lower strength and easily available. If used in the correct manner retinols have a host of benefits that can greatly enhance the overall quality and texture of your skin.
What does it treat?
Acne can be treated effectively by retinols. By keeping the pores unclogged and eliminating the excessive skin cell buildup, retinols prevent the formation of blackheads and acne breakouts.
Retinol increases the rate of skin cell turnover which then brings healthier skin cells to the surface leading to smoother, plumpier skin. It also assists in the production of collagen thereby helping reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Hyperpigmentation, freckles, age spots which are induced by prolonged and unprotected exposure to the sun causes damage to the skin. By accelerating the skin cell turnover rate retinols can fade out these types of photo pigmentation.
- Skin Tone
Conditions such as keratosis pilaris can be treated by retinols to create smooth bump-free skin. Skin hydration also sees an increase due to retinols’ superior exfoliating properties.
Who is suitable for retinol?
Retinols are not suitable for use if you’re pregnant, nursing or if you have sensitive skin or skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema and very severe acne. If you have pre-existing skin conditions, it is best to consult an expert before proceeding with retinols.
When should you start?
Although most people start using retinol to mitigate the effects of aging, due to the vast range of skin care benefits it offers, there is no fixed age limit wherein retinol can be included into the skincare routine.
Are there any risks and side effects?
Retinol causes skin sensitivity such as flaking, dryness, due to this one of the greatest risks of using retinol is the danger of sunburn. Make sure you protect your skin by avoiding direct exposure to sunlight, and wearing a high SPF sunscreen.
If skin irritation is excessively aggravated and does not subside within a few weeks, discontinue use and be sure to consult a doctor or dermatologist immediately.
What is the best way to start using retinols?
The best way to incorporate retinols into your daily regime is to begin with low concentration such as 0.0.5%. Instead of using it on a daily basis, start with 1 – 2 applications per week, and slowly work your way up as your skin’s tolerance increases.
Eventually, as the skin irritation subsides you will be able to use it on alternative nights to every night. Monitor your skin, remember it is better to use less than more when it comes to retinols.