Do Retinoids Really Work?

Beautiful skin is not easy, plus when there’s a new and improved wrinkle fighting product nearly every month, it’s important to know what you’re putting on your face.  These products offer high promises, but sifting through the hype is not an easy ordeal.  The good news is that the retinoids family, which includes retinol and Retin-A is believed to really make a difference in the fight against aging.

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Retinol is a natural derivative form of vitamin A.  It is found in many over the counter skin products.

Features of Retinol

Available over-the-counter
Less irritating than its prescription counterpart
Once the right balance is found, it can potentially unveil more youthful-looking skin

Cons of Retinol

Needs to be tailored to suit individual skin otherwise it can cause irritation
Takes longer than retin-A to show results
Photosensitive – can only be used at night.  Exposure to sunlight can cause adverse reaction

Retin-A is the prescription form of retinol, and has been shown to reduce fine lines, smooth skin texture and help normalize pigmentation.

Features of retin-A

Stronger formula yields faster results
Shrinks pores and improves cell turnover which improves dark spots
Helps retain collagen, which improves skins firmness and elasticity
Increases amount of new collagen formed

Cons of retin-a

May peel, flake, turn red and become dry during initial days/weeks of  treatment
May be more expensive option of the retinoids
Cannot be used by people suffering from rosacea or eczema.