How to Use Retinol
Posted on March 7, 2016 in skin care, Techniques, Wellness
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Retin-A vs. Retinol

Both are retinoids and made from vitamin A to promote faster skin cell turnover. They are some of the most proven, effective ways for treating acne to signs of aging.


Retinoids can be prescript by a doctor and can be also found in a range of over-the-counter products. Prescription-level retinoids fall into these groups:

  • Tretinoin; brands Atralin, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Renova
  • Tazarotene; brand Tazorac
  • Adapalene; brand Differin

All the groups prevent the buildup of dead cells in the skin’s pores and follicles, Common side effects of using Vitamin A products range from: dryness, redness, irritation and skin peeling to making skin more sensitive to the sun.


Retinol is found in lots of products that don’t require a prescription.¬†Retinol is much weaker than prescription retinoids, unless vitamin A is listed as one of the top 5 ingredients and the product is packaged in an airtight bottle. Neither retinoids¬† nor retinols should be used by breastfeeding or pregnant women.

beautiful womanTo use it, clean and tone your skin. You should be using an AHA or a BHA product. After, your skin is clean and dry apply a dab to your fingertip. It will be enough for your entire face. You can apply it underneath your eyes, but avoid applying it to your eyelids.
Start using the product once every other day at night. If you apply it in the morning, the sunlight during the day will deactivate its potency. If you find your skin tolerates the retinol well, you can start using it every night or you can apply it as directed by your doctor. You may start to notice your skin gets red or flaky as you use the product. Do not stop using it and do not increase the amount you use.


You can and should use either prescription or non-prescription retinol with other anti-aging creams. These should include antioxidants and niacinamide. Be sure to apply an SPF cream for daytime wear after you treat your skin with the retinol at night. Sun damage is one of the greatest contributors to aging skin, so it is vital that you make use of an SPF of 15 or 25. The higher the SPF, the better off your skin will look after several retinol treatments.


While the retinol can make your skin look luminous and young in time, remember you cannot count on using it alone to achieve the results you want. Be sure to follow the instructions exactly as indicated by skin care professionalist or as indicated on the package. Always use it in combination with other anti-aging ingredients and enjoy your beautiful skin.


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