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Top three things to know about Retinols

Retinols, also known as vitamin A derivatives, have been a popular ingredient in skincare for many years. They have been touted for their ability to help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, as well as their potential to boost collagen production and skin elasticity. However, despite their popularity, there are still some misconceptions about retinols and how they work. Here are the top three things to know about retinols:

1. They are a potent ingredient:

Retinols are a potent ingredient and can cause irritation if not used correctly. It's important to start slowly and use a small amount at first, gradually increasing as your skin becomes more accustomed to it. We tell our patients to use it once and then wait to see how your skin responds. If it recovers quickly, then you can use it again. Additionally, use retinol-based products at night only as it deactivates in sunlight, and always use sunscreen during the day. A general rule is that you should apply it one night a week per decade of life lived: if you are a teen, use it once a week, in your 20's two nights a week, in your 30's three nights a week

and so on. Also, it's advisable to avoid combining retinols with other active ingredients like acids, as this can increase the risk of irritation. If the retinol is irritating your skin even when using it slowly, then couple it with a hyaluronic acid cream such as YovinoMD Beauty Hydrating Filler.

2. It takes time to see results:

Retinols are not a quick fix solution. They work by increasing cell turnover, which can take some time to show visible improvements in the skin. It's essential to be patient and consistent with using retinols, as the full benefits may take several months to appear. To get the most out of a retinol-based product, it's recommended to use it regularly for at least six months.

3. Not all retinols are created equal:

There are different types of retinols, and they vary in strength and effectiveness. The most potent form of retinol is called tretinoin and is only available with a prescription. Over-the-counter retinols, like retinol esters, are less potent but still effective. It's essential to choose a product with a retinol concentration appropriate for your skin type and needs. It's best to consult with a skincare specialist to determine which type and concentration of retinol will work best for your skin.

In conclusion, retinols are a potent ingredient that can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. However, it's essential to use them correctly, be patient, and choose a product with the appropriate concentration. With consistent use, retinols can be a valuable addition to your skincare routine, helping you achieve healthier, younger-looking skin.


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