Retinol

What is Retinol?

Retinol, a stable form of Vitamin A, converts into the skin as Retonic Acid, which is highly essential for skin health. It's highly regarded in the skincare world for its anti-aging benefits. Retinol, which comes in topical cosmetic formulations of creams and serums, becomes active in the skin, increasing cellular turnover and boosting collagen production. Retinol addresses fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in smoother and more youthful skin.

Retinol is also therapeutic for acne treatment as it detracts overly active sebaceous glands from producing too much oil.  This allows pores to shrink while preventing them from getting clogged and forming acne. With its ability to repair damaged skin cells, Retinol is ideal for photodamaged skin as it can stimulate the growth of newer and healthier cells.

Retinol products should come in a sealed tube or pump to keep the Retinol from disintegrating and becoming unstable. Retinol is recognized commonly in the prescription Retin A, which comes in a higher dosage. Lower dosages of Retinol can be purchased in professional-grade cosmetic creams and serums. Although over-the-counter products containing Retinol contain a lower percentage than the prescription, they're still quite effective.

Professional cosmetics often contain other ingredients that can lessen any irritation caused by prescription-strength Retinol. Retinol can cause some sensitivity, redness, peeling and flaking. It's highly recommended to avoid using Retinol during the day, as it can cause sun sensitivity. A majority of Retinol products specifically instruct to use the product only at nighttime. Because of Retinol's activity, it's also recommended to start slowly and gradually work up to using the product on a regular basis. It's always best to address certain skin concerns, allergies and sensitivities with a dermatologist or a qualified esthetician.   

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Chemical knowledge: retinol vs. retinaldehyde

Retinol Retinol is a convertible form of Vitamin A that is mostly derived from animal sources. It should not be confused with pro-vitamin A carotenoids, which comes from different plant sources, such as carrots. Retinol is extracted from animal sources such as eggs, liver and dairy products. It is a highly regarded, results proven ingredient in cosmetics for anti aging, repairing sun damage, treating acne and increasing skin cell turnover rate. In topical form, such as creams or serums, retinol has the ability to speed up the healing process of the skin. Retinol is applied topically to the skin and is absorbed...

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