If you’re, looking for a miracle remedy for acne scars, wrinkles, and uneven skin, you’ve come to the right place. Because today, I am going to break down everything, you need to know about one of skincare’s most loved and feared ingredients retinol.
Retinol For Skin
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, one of our body’s most important nutrients for cell regeneration. It brightens skin, reduces acne and acne scars, and boosts your collagen production, so it helps reduce signs of aging as well, and who doesn’t love it.
All of that Think of retinol as resurfacing your skin., It tells your skin how to repair itself to create new, healthy layers. So when the older layers peel away, you’re left with smoother skin and fewer fine lines.
Natural Forms Of Retinol
There are many names and forms of retinol out there, which can get a little technical. But it’s always important to know what to look for.
Retinoids are the umbrella term for all the forms, so under it comes retinol, which is something you’ve probably heard of, as it is easily available in skincare products like serums, creams, and toners.
These have a pretty low concentration but work great for smoothing your skin and boosting collagen.
Retinoic acid is sometimes an ingredient found in medicated creams and will be prescribed by your dermatologist and are much stronger.
Retin, A, or Tretinoin is quite strong and not usually found in skincare products because it needs to be prescribed. In its milder form, it is used to treat aging and, in its stronger form, you can also use it to treat acne.
Retinol Concentration For Skin
Since retinol is used in a cream or serum with different concentrations, it can get pretty confusing when you see all the other options out there. So one of the questions I get asked most often is what should be the retinol concentration for beginners.
A small amount of retinol will take longer to make your skin baby smooth, but will eventually end up with the same results as a high concentration.,
But on the other hand, a large amount of retinol when you’re starting will leave you with itchy, irritated skin with some redness and maybe flakiness too, so it’s always a good idea to start small.
To be safe, start at 0.1 % and then work your way up to 1 %. Gradually, if your skin is on board with it., A lot of retinol use is just experimenting and finding what works best for you. Since everyone’s skin reacts differently.
How To Use Retinol
Now that you’ve figured out the concentration, it’s important to know when to use it and how often to use it. Since retinoids have a pretty strong effect on your skin, using them too much too quickly will leave you with itchy, peeling, irritated skin.
Using it once in a while will only make you slightly sensitive, which is normal. Start with adding your retinoid product to your nighttime skincare routine by using a pearl-sized amount all over your face just before using your moisturizer.
Do it twice or thrice a week to give your skin a chance to adjust, and then use it more and more until you’re, using it every night. Most people don’t know this, but the first tiny signs of aging start to appear in your mid-20s.
Even if you don’t see them yet, this is the best age to start experimenting with retinol-based products. As impatient as we all are the results take a couple of months to show, so all the more reason to start taking the first steps.
Precautions For Using Retinol
- Early retinol makes your skin super-sensitive to the sun. So never forget your sunscreen.
- Even if you only apply the product at night, the results last through the night, and your skin will still be sensitive in the morning.
- So make sure you’re slathering on at least 30spf of sunscreen through the day, or you’ll end up with more damage than before.
- It’s also a good idea to avoid ingredients like benzoyl, peroxide, AHA’s, and BHA’s, especially in the beginning, because they’ll interfere with your retinoids and make them less effective.
- While mild irritation, a little bit of dryness, and sensitivity to the sun is normal. Extreme peeling, flakiness, or burning is a really bad sign, and you should stop using the product immediately.
- Unfortunately, retinol isn’t everyone’s best friend because of all these side effects, and you should avoid it.
- Suppose you have sensitive skin rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis because it will be too powerful for your delicate skin and end up causing inflammation.
- It’s always a good idea to speak to your dermatologist before starting to use retinol, especially in high concentrations.
- And if you suffer from any skin conditions, you should also skip retinol if you’re, pregnant or breastfeeding.
I hope this article has helped you decode retinol complications and made it easier to use for flawless skin. Until next time, stay tuned and stay Glamorous.