Retinol and All Skin Needs

Retinol might have a magical like aspect of life, not for all people though! However, being familiar with it, as the article "Retinol and All Skin Needs" intends to do, can be the key to lots of skin goals.


Retinol and All Skin Needs-Mediterranean Beauty
Retinol and All Skin Needs


What is Retinol?

Most of us have heard of the skincare ingredient retinol; it's the decade's skincare buzzword. Because it's widely regarded as one of the most effective topical treatments available, it's on every dermatologist's top shelf and has even made its way into every skincare serum on the shelves. Despite this, there is still a great deal of uncertainty.

To begin with, when we talk about retinol, we're actually talking about retinoids. There are several different types of retinoids, each with a different strength. The different types are all derived from Vitamin A; the difference is in the concentration. Retinoic acid (also known as Retin-A or Tretinoin) is the most potent prescription-level retinoid used to treat acne and ageing. From strongest to weakest, all other retinoids include retinaldehyde, retinol, and retinol esters (such as retinyl palmitate). Retinol is naturally produced by your body and aids in cell turnover, collagen production, and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.


Benefits of Retinol

It addresses a whole host of skin concerns. From acne, texture, dullness, minimizing the appearance of pores and ageing. It just really does everything:

  • Unclogs pores
  • Boosts collagen production
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Speeds up cell turnover to even out and smooth the skin
  • Treats breakouts and keeps new ones from forming
  • Total baby butt skin potential
  • It can even help with cystic acne and blemishes


The Birth of Retinoids

Dermatologists used the first retinoid (tretinoin) to treat acneic skin about 40 years ago, but only on prescription. Tretinoin, now known as Retin-A, had excellent results. Dermatologists observed that Retin-A users had not only clearer skin, but also brighter, more even skin tone, and softer skin. There are three prescription-strength retinoids available today: tretinoin, tazarotene, and adapalene. Adapalene (now known as Differin) is now available without a prescription, and let me tell you, I've been using it for about 6 weeks and my skin hasn't looked this good since I was about 7 years old. I had some texture issues on my cheeks, which have mostly resolved.


How do I incorporate retinol into my skincare routine? How to use?

Then there's the fact that you can't just slap a retinoid product on your skin; you have to build up a tolerance and gradually incorporate it into your skincare routine to avoid undesirable side effects like sensitivity and irritation.

But please don't let that deter you. If done correctly, experts agree that there is no better ingredient for smoothing skin than retinol. It is a skilled multitasker and one of the only proven ingredients to visibly reduce the appearance of ageing.

According to reliable sources, the first tip is to try the 'low and slow' approach. Begin with a small, pea-sized amount one night and wait a few days to assess your tolerance. If you don't get a response, the experts advise you to try again. If the product causes your skin to become red and flaky, try combining it with your moisturizer. To begin, use retinol once or twice a week to see how your skin reacts, then gradually increase to every other day or three times a week. Remember that seeking dermatologist advice is always the better option.

Another important tip for using retinol is to only use it at night because it makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight. When using retinol, it is critical to use SPF. Wearing an SPF of at least 50 on a daily basis is essential, whether or not you use a topical retinoid. Suggestion is looking for a formula that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, as well as one that is recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association.


Why do some skin types react to retinol?

Yes, retinol is beneficial to your skin, but it can occasionally cause redness and flaking. According to dermatologists, skin can react to retinol for a variety of reasons, including using it too frequently, using too much of it, not properly prepping your skin, or mixing retinol with other harsh ingredients, such as exfoliants or acne treatments.


Can every skin type use retinol?-Mediterranean Beauty
Can every skin type use retinol?


Your late 20s is the best time to start using retinoids

While there is no set age for using retinoids, most dermatologists recommend incorporating the ingredient into your skincare routine in your twenties, especially if you suffer from acne or pigmentation. It is best to begin with retinyl palmitate or retinol and try it for three months before taking a three-month break. This is due to research indicating that after three months of use, cell turnover is no longer increased.


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