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What Are Retinoids?
Retinoids, a derivative of vitamin A, are considered the most effective topical to help skin look younger. They are what we like to call “The Gold Standard”. They have been used to treat acne since the 1970s and in the decades following to combat aging skin and other skin conditions. Understanding how and why they work can be confusing, so here are the facts you need to know about how this anti-aging superhero ingredient works and how to take advantage of it

How Retinoids Help Skin
Collagen gives young skin the supple, elastic, and smooth look. We start losing collagen in our late 20’s and production steadily declines. Retinoids help your skin make more collagen. They also stimulate new blood vessels which gives your skin a glow. With consistent use, retinoids help fade age spots as well. Acne and wrinkles are improved as retinoids increase cell turnover.

Find the Best Retinoid for Your Skin
There are a lot of products and choices when it comes to finding a retinoid that will work for you. Let’s sort it out:

Tretinoin (Retin-A) is a popular prescription choice for aging skin and acne treatment. There are 2 things to consider: 1. you must see a doctor for a prescription, 2. insurance will not cover it if it is prescribed for anti-aging.  However, the main drawback is it can have strong, sometimes unbearable, side effects of peeling, redness, and irritation. This leads to discontinuation and a waste of money with no results.

You can use retinols instead of retinoids. Retinols are converted into retinoids by your skin. They are not as strong and take longer to work, BUT the upside is they are much more tolerable, and you are more likely to be able to stick with them. Drugstores sell retinol products, but these less expensive versions don’t have enough active ingredients to change the skin. This is where medical-grade retinols come in. With clinical studies to back their effectiveness, higher percentages of active ingredients and effective delivery technologies, you can get the benefits of vitamin A without the unpleasant side effects.  No contest, our favorite retinols are from SkinBetter Science
We recommend this brand for all the above reasons plus they offer 3 different formulas depending on your skin. We can help you find the right one for you. There is also the added benefit of Alpha Hydroxy in their products (a topic for another day).

Results Take Time!
Don’t expect overnight results when you start using retinols or any other skincare product for that matter. Your skin cycles and cells turn over.  These cycles are longer and slower with age. It can take 3 months to see changes in your wrinkles, fine lines, and texture and up to 6 months for the best results. It is important to stick with it and be patient. Retinols do not make you more sensitive to the sun, but the sun breaks down vitamin A, so best to use it in at night. 

Call for a skincare consolation to learn about this ingredient and other medical-grade options that will change your skin for the better! 270-846-1500

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