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Everything you need to know about retinol

Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, offers a range of benefits for the skin due to its ability to stimulate cell production, unclog pores, exfoliate the skin, and boost collagen production. By promoti...

Everything you need to know about retinol

Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, offers a range of benefits for the skin due to its ability to stimulate cell production, unclog pores, exfoliate the skin, and boost collagen production. By promoting collagen synthesis, retinol effectively reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the skin with a more rejuvenated and plump appearance.


As skin ages, it loses its elasticity, leading to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol counteracts this process by encouraging collagen production, a crucial component for maintaining youthful skin. As new collagen forms and old skin cells are shed, hyperpigmentation fades, fine lines diminish, and the skin takes on a brighter and smoother texture. Even though collagen production may naturally slow down with age, retinol helps ensure that new collagen continues to form, ultimately reducing wrinkles and enhancing skin texture.

What does Retinol treat?

  • Acne
  • Fine lines
  • Age (sun) spots, freckles and other types of sun damaged skin
  • Melasma and other types of hyperpigmentation¬†
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Large pores caused by acne, oily skin or collagen loss

Side effects
However, it is essential to be mindful of potential side effects when using retinol. Although approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). People who use retinol commonly experience dry and irritated skin, especially after using a new product. Other side effects may include:

  • redness
  • itchiness
  • peeling skin

To lessen these side effects, try using your retinol every other night or every third night, gradually increasing frequency until nightly application is tolerated.
If skin irritation persists, you may want to consult a dermatologist. Or better yet seek advice from a dermatologist or skin expert before incorporating retinol into your skincare routine to determine if it is suitable for your specific skin type and needs. Proper guidance and usage can help you reap the maximum benefits of retinol while minimizing potential drawbacks.
 

27/07/2023