Retinol is vitamin A. Vitamin A is an essential element in maintaining healthy skin. Your body takes vitamin A and converts it into retinoic acid. Then the retinoic acid assists your skin cells to grow and develop.
When you use a topical retinol skincare product daily you will see a visible improvement in fine wrinkling, smoothness, and hyperpigmented sun damage skin. You can use retinol products on the tops of your hands, your neck and your chest to reduce visible signs of aging.
In the past if you’ve used the prescription form of vitamin A and experienced moderate to severe side effects. You’ll find retinol to be more gentle and less irritating and more tolerant than the prescription creams of vitamin A. Biochemically retinol does the same thing as the prescription vitamin A cream, it just takes a little longer to see the end results.
Retinols products come in various strengths, they usually are more tolerable with less side effects. It is best to start with a mild concentration, training the skin to tolerate a stronger concentration.
Should individuals with sensitive skin use retinol products?
People with sensitive skin have shown to be more tolerant to retinaldehyde, a form of retinol (vitamin A). Retinaldehyde has the same benefits of retinol, but is less irritating. It is gentler, yet effective in enabling cell turnover, using a retinaldehyde serum will help dying and dead skin cells to slough away at a faster rate, resulting newer healthier skin cells surfacing without the risk of inflammation.
Retinaldehyde is a stable precursor to retinoic acid, and when encapsulated its anti-aging and anti-acne benefits are boosted. It provides powerful wrinkle reduction and prevention. It also has been shown to bring UVA damaged skin back to health, and works to stimulate cellular cohesion and fight bacteria.
Caution: It is important to use a sunscreen when you use any retinoid product. Dermatologists recommend you use retinoid products at night and protect your skin with sunscreen every day.