4 unique uses of Retinol and Retinoid
Retinoid was first approved by FDA as an acne treatment in 1971.
Since then many researches were performed and they clearly showed that retinoid has numerous astounding benefits for skin.
What is retinoid and retinol?
Retinoid and Retinol are vitamin A derivatives.
Vitamin A is a powerful anti-oxidant when taken orally. It is also used for treatment of measels, acne treatment, and dry eyes.
When applied topically, retinoid is used for anti-wrinkle treatments, acne treatments, warts and psoriases treatments.
Retinoid is very potent form of Vit A and comes in prescription form.
Retinol is less potent form of Vit A and is sold over the counter.
Retinoid use for wrinkles
Prescription retinoid Tretinoin works by increasing the making of new collagen and thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Over the counter retinol is not as strong, but will reduce appearance of wrinkles and repair sun damage.
You need to use retinol creams for 3 to 6 months to see the improvement of wrinkles and best results happen between 6 to 12 months of use.
Retinoid use for acne
Retinoid is used to assist in treatment of light to moderate acne. When spread on the skin, retinoids can unclog pores, allowing other medicated creams and gels to work better. They also reduce acne outbreaks by preventing dead cells from clogging pores. By clearing acne and reducing outbreaks, they may also reduce the formation of acne scars.
Retinoid use for psoriasis
Retinoids can slow the growth of skin cells in patients with psoriasis. Often retinoid combined with steroid creams for enhanced effect.
Retinoid use for warts
Retinoid creams work by disrupting wart’s cells growth and used when other treatments failed.
Side effects of using retinoid and retinol
•Dryness and irritation
•Skin colour changes
•Sensitivity to sunlight
•Redness, swelling, crusting, or blistering
NEVER use retinoid or retinol creams in the morning before going out. Retinoid will not cause you to have sunburn but can cause skin discolouration and age spots. Always use creams containing SPF 20 or more before going outdoors in the sun when you use retinoid containing products.
Use a moisturizer along with topical retinoids. Doing so will reduce skin drying without interfering with the product’s effectiveness.
Pregnant women or women who are planning on becoming pregnant should not use retinoids.