Retinol For Your Skin: What’s So Great About It?

Cynthia Bailey, MD|April 1, 2014

Retinol

Retinol is a retinoid.  Retinoids are the vitamin A family class of agents.  Retinoids, in my experience as a dermatologist, are the most effective anti-aging skin care product ingredient short of sunscreen.

  I've recommended topical retinoid skin care products to my patients for over 25 years and I've seen the anti-aging results over and over again - smoother more youthful appearing skin, fewer fine lines and wrinkles and a "stop the clock" effect on skin aging.  I myself have used retinoid products for the same period of time.  Yes, I've  drunk the retinoid "cool aid" big time and for good reason.

As a dermatologist I think that everyone who wants to have the best anti-aging skin care routine should be on a retinoid – and it’s never too late or too soon to start.

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Retinol for your skin is the most effective member of this vitamin A family of agents that is available without a prescription. It is a highly effective retinoid when applied to human skin, and it has the science to back that claim up.  Retinol (vitamin A) is formulated into many over-the-counter skin care products. What you need to know though is that some work and some don’t.  Plus, some are irritating and others are not.

Pick a good retinoid product, use it correctly, and get ready to watch the transformation.  You'll be impressed.

When you start using the right retinoid or retinol for your skin, youRetinol For Your Skin:how to look younger’ll see:

  • a brighter, smoother, more youthful complexion
  • improvement in fine lines and wrinkles
  • improvement in unwanted irregular skin pigment
  • and, your pores may even look less noticeable

 

Retinol is the Best Retinoid You Can Get Without a Prescription

Is retinol the “fountain of youth” skin care ingredient? Maybe, but know your facts about retinol for your skin before investing your time and money on a retinol product because retinoids are as tricky as they are transformative for your skin.

 “Thanks Dr. Bailey for taking a few years off my face.

Florence B, Bodega, CA

In my next retinoid post I'll give you the retinol facts.  And, we're just about to launch what I think is the best retinol for your skin product available without a prescription. It's the latest member of our science based skin care line - trusted anti-aging skin care and age-defying results for you, the best blend of science and nature.  Stay tuned, we're excited and hope that you are too!

(Retinoid) Retinol for Your Skin References

Improvement of Naturally Aged Skin With Vitamin A (Retinol), Reza Kafi, MD; Heh Shin R. Kwak, MD, Arch Dermatol. 2007;143:606-612 Improvement of photoaged facial skin in middle-aged Japanese females by topical retinol (vitamin A alcohol): a vehicle-controlled, double-blind study. Kikuchi K, Suetake T, Kumasaka N, Tagami H, J Dermatolog Treat. 2009;20(5):276-81 Choosing Topical Retinoids for Aging Skin, Sachs, DL, Dermatology Focus, Summer 2013 Vol 32 No 2 page 4 Application of Retinol to Human Skin In Vivo Induces Epidermal Hyperplasia and Cellular Retinoid Binding Proteins Characteristic of Retinoic Acid but Without Measurable Retinoic Acid Levels or Irritation, Sewon Kang, Elizabeth A. Duell, et. al., J Invest Dermatol 105:549-556, 1995 Vitamin A Antagonizes Decreased Cell Growth and Elevated Collagen-Degrading Matrix Metalloproteinases and Stimulates Collagen Accumulation in Naturally Aged Human Skin, James Varani, Roscoe L Warner, Mehrnaz Gharaee-Kermani, et. al., J Invest Dermatol (2000) 114, 480–486; Topical Tretinoin for Photoaged Skin: a Double-blind Vehicle-controlled Study, Weiss JS, Ellis CN, et. al., JAMA. 1988, 259: 527-532 Tazarotene Cream for the Treatment of Facial Photo Damage: a Multicenter, Investigator-Masked, Randomized, Vehicle-Controlled, Parallel Comparison of Tazarotene 0.01%, 0.025%, 0.05%, and 0.1% Creams and Tretinoin 0.05% Emollient Cream Applied Once-Daily for 24 Weeks. Kang S, Leyden JJ, Lowe NJ, et al., Arch Dermatol. 2001;137:1597-1604. Mechanisms of Photoaging and Chronological Skin Aging, Gary J. Fisher, PhD; Sewon Kang, MD; et. al., Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(11):1462-1470 Photo: Thanks and Gratitude to tommerton2010 and DownTownPictures

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