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All About Retinol

When it comes to skincare, retinol is at the top of the list for recommendations. This is especially true for aging women looking for preventatives. But why? What is retinol and how does it aid in healthy, younger looking skin? In this blog, we’re going to cover all of your burning retinol questions. We’ve also included tips for beginners wanting to start integrating retinol into their skincare routines.

Let’s start with the basics.

What is Retinol?

Retinol, a sub-type of retinoid, is a powerful derivative of vitamin A. When used on the skin, retinol can help diminish signs of aging, clear acne, even skin tone and more. This is made possible by retinol’s ability to compliment the skin’s natural renewal process. Retinol is most often used as a topical and can come in several forms such as lotions, serums, creams, gels, and ointments. Many cosmetic companies have even started to add retinol as an ingredient to their products to provide extra benefits.

What Does Retinol Do for the Skin?

When retinol penetrates the skin, it begins to promote cell turnover. Retinol also prevents the breakdown of collagen by increasing collagen production. This is especially helpful because as we age, our natural skin renewal process begins to slow. Retinol also helps to unclog pores and exfoliate the skin. This can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and large pores.

What’s the Proper Way to Use Retinol?

When beginning your journey with retinol, it is highly recommended that you test the retinol on a small area of your face, otherwise known as a patch test. It is not uncommon, and you shouldn’t be alarmed, if you experience redness, burning or itching when first using this ingredient. If after a few days you don’t have any major signs of irritation, you are good to start integrating retinol into your routine. It’s best to use retinol in your nighttime skincare and is suggested that you incorporate it every other night until your skin has built up a tolerance.

To properly use, first make sure that your skin is cleansed and patted dry. Apply a pea sized amount of retinol to your skin, distributing evenly all over your face while bringing the product down your neck area. Once the retinol dries, make sure to then apply a light moisturizer that will not clog your pores.

If you’ve been looking to enhance your skincare routine, retinol could be the perfect ingredient to add. Curious if retinol would be the best next step for your skin type? Book your appointment at Alamo Heights Dermatology today! We would love to help you determine if retinol would be a good fit for you. You can book today by visiting our website or by contacting us at (210) 255-8447.