4 Unique Uses of Retinol
Retinol has been on a market for a long time. It was first approved by FDA as an acne treatment in 1971 (wikipedia).
Since then many researches clearly showed that retinoid has numerous astounding benefits for skin.
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What is retinoid and retinol?
Retinoid and Retinol are vitamin A derivatives.
Vitamin A is a powerful anti-oxidant when taken orally. Doctors also prescribe it for treatment of measels, acne, and dry eyes. In skin care Vitamin A is famous for anti-wrinkle, acne, warts and psoriases treatments.
Retinoid is very strong form of Vitamin A and your doctor has to prescribe it.
Retinol is milder form of Vitamin A and you can easily buy it over the counter .
In this post we will explore 4 unique uses of retinol and retinoid.
1. Retinol use for wrinkles and age spots
Let’s first talk about collagen because it is very crucial in our body and responsible for many functions including support skin’s elasticity.
Collagen is a peptide that floats in abundance in our muscles, blood, skin, bones and etc. In skin collagen promotes elasticity and youthful look. With age production of collagen declines causing skin to loose its tone, firmness, become saggy and wrinkly.
Retinol stimulates collagen production in your skin thus improving skin elasticity, thickness and reducing appearance of wrinkles.
Retinol also stimulates turnover of cell production causing old skin cells die rapidly and new cells to form. That is why when you use retinol, your skin looks brighter and glowing and age spots seem to fade.
One major thing that frustrates many people who start using retinol is that they need patience ! You need to use retinol creams for 3 to 6 months to see the improvement of wrinkles. However, best results happen between 6 to 12 months of use (it is a long time, I know, but it is worth the waiting).
2. Retinol use for acne
Let’s first see how this annoying acne develop.
Acne is actually a disorder that happens in pilosebaceous unit. Pilosebaceous unit consists of a hair follicle, a hair and sebaceous gland (gland that produces sebum – skin oil, that prevents skin from drying and cracking).
Hormones in our body regulate oil production.
During puberty, hormones trigger sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Excessive oil production usually continues through puberty and stops by the age of 20. However, for some reasons, in some people sebaceous glands continue to trigger over production of skin oil. Excessive sebum production clogs pores disrupting normal function of the unit.
Our body renews skin cells every 3 weeks (21 days ). We remove dead skin cells with normal face washing. However, face skin care products, environmental pollution, medication, overexposure to sun and many other factor could interfere with healthy removal of dead skin cells. Dead skin cells give our skin that dull uneven tone; they also contribute to clogged pores.
Clogged pores trap bacteria inside pilosebaceous unit and acne starts developing.
Acne causing bacteria
A bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes naturally lives on our skin. It uses sebum as a nutrient for growth. Thus, when our oil glands produce too much oil , these acne causing bacteria starts multiplying very fast and grows in huge numbers. Too much bacteria attracts white blood cells and they start doing their usual job: killing bacteria . This “war” between white blood cells and bacteria produce pus and inflammation and just like that a new painful, red, pussy acne appears .
How Retinol treats acne
Retinol assists in treatment of light to moderate acne. When you apply retinol to your skin, it can unclog pores, allowing other medicated creams and gels to work better. It also reduces acne outbreaks by preventing dead cells from clogging pores. By clearing acne and reducing outbreaks, retinol may also reduce the formation of acne scars.
Some studies showed that up to 75% of people who suffered from acne, showed decrease in acne formation and improvement in overall skin look.
Keep in mind that it takes up to 6 to 8 weeks for retinol to show you any results, so don’t give up after 1 or 2 weeks after starting using products with retinol.
3. Retinol use for psoriasis
Retinoids can slow the growth of skin cells in patients with psoriasis. Often doctors prescribe a combination of retinoid with steroid creams for enhanced effect.
4. Retinol 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
As with any product, especially with such strong one as retinol, there are side effects to be aware off. They include the following:
•Dryness and irritation. I notices some skin flaking when I started using 2.5% strength retinol; it went away soon
•Skin colour changes
•Sensitivity to sunlight – meaning that your will burn easier under direct sun when using products with retinol
•Redness, swelling, crusting, or blistering (very extreme and rare side effects )
Things to consider when using Retinol
1. 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.
2. Use a moisturizer along with topical retinoids. Doing so will reduce skin drying without interfering with the product’s effectiveness.
3. Pregnant women or women who are planning on becoming pregnant should not use retinoids.
ToLB Retinol Serum – 72% ORGANIC – Clinical Strength Retinol Serum Face Moisturizer Cream – a very potent product with clinical strength retinol. It also contains Hyaluronic acid, organic jojoba oil, green tea extract, vitamin C and many other beneficial ingredients. It is an excellent product for wrinkle and age-spots elimination, skin hydration and elasticity improvement. And all of these is at very affordable price.
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane – this water-based product contains a very potent retinoid complex called Granactive Retinoid that is believed to be much stronger and better than simple retinol.
Retinol Moisturizer Anti Aging Cream – Anti Wrinkle Lotion – Face & Neck– helps reduce appearance of wrinkles, crows feet, dark circles and fine lines with vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid.
Retinol Serum 2.5% with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E – excellent serum that is combined with organic jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid. Its formula does not irritate skin and is perfect for those, who decided to use retinols for the first time.
Mabox Retinol 2.5% Moisturizer Cream with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E – contains 2.5% of active retinol, suitable for all skin types.
Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic Plus Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer – reduces wrinkles and fine lines, moisturizes skin very well.
RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – many people appreciate this products for its anti-aging properties as well as sun protection.
Retinols and retinoids became respected by many people and cosmetic companies for their clinically proven benefits. Incorporate them into your skin care routine and watch signs of aging disappear.