You’ve probably heard a lot about Retinol and how good it is for the skin. It seems to mentioned quite a lot on social media and also is a favourite with most skin care practitioners. Retinol is regarded as one of the most highly rated skincare products. However do you really understand what retinol is and how it can help with your skin?
What is Retinol?
Retinol brings many benefits to the skin. Made from vitamin A, retinol is a type of retinoid. There are many different types of retinoids. However all types are derived from vitamin A. The different types are usually because of the strengths and concentration. Reinoic acid (known as Retin-A or Tretinoin) is the strongest type, which is available by prescription only and can be used to treat conditions such as acne and ageing. There are other retinoids ranging from the strongest to weakest. This includes retinaldehyde, retinol and then retinol esters (i.e retinyl palmitate).
Retinol Skin Benefits?
Retinol can increase cell turnover and stimulate collagen and elastin production. Once applied, it penetrates into the skin’s middle layer, neutralizing free radicals. This boosts the production of elastin and collagen resulting in a reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and large pores and simultaneously creating a plumping and brightening effect. Retinol works at cellular level and not the skin level like a lot of skincare products.
Retinol can help treat a number of skin concerns includes:
- – Fine lines & wrinkles
- – Acne
- – Age/sun spots, freckles, photoaging
- – Melasma and other types of hyperpigmentation
- – Large pores
- – Uneven skin texture
The benefits above sound great! However this is not an overnight process, where you might see the results within a few days. You have to build up a tolerance to avoid any unwanted side effects and gradually add it into your regime. However once you have gradually introduced retinol within your skin regimen, the results will unfold over a number of weeks and months.
Selecting a Retinol
A good quality retinol should be applied daily with results starting to unfold over a number of weeks. But before rushing out to purchase retinol there are some things you should be aware of to ensure that you pick a good quality retinol:
- – Choose the right strength – speak to your practitioner.
- – Not all retinoids are the same – again speak to your practitioner based on your skin type and concern
- – Don’t use too much at once
- – Avoid using other harsh skin products at the same time
- – Load up you SPF (30 or higher) as retinol can make your skin extra sensitive and thinner – so protecting your skin is really important
Retinol Side Effects
There are some side effects that you should be aware of. Retinol can often leave your skin feel dry, irritated, red, flaky or itchy. However starting with a gentle formula, staring slowly and taken extra care to reduce these risks. You might want to start by using this once or twice per week and then gradually build this up. Furthermore you might just want apply a pea-sized amount initially and avoid the eye area. Your practitioner should be able to advise how to mitigate these risks and guide you how you can gradually add this into your skincare regimen.
Retinol can help rejuvenate skin to a whole new level. However we always recommend that you book in for a consultation to ensure that your practitioner understand your skin concerns and help you choose the correct retinol product.
At Dr Sobia Medispa we get many patients who have been using retinol with superb results. We stock a range of retinol products from leading suppliers such as Obagi, PCA Skin and ZO Skin Health. If you want to add retinol to your skin regimen, start off by booking a consultation with Dr Sobia at our award winning clinic. Simply get in touch with our friendly team to start your journey to amazing looking skin.