Retinol fights skin aging and pigment problems because it:
- Stops the break down of your skin collagen that happens after UV sun exposure;
- Stimulates skin cells (fibroblasts) to make collagen to reverse wrinkles and skin thinning from sun damage;
- Brightens skin appearance by exfoliating and improving the structure of the dead cell layer on the skin surface;
- Improves epidermal layer thickness and structure in the top, living skin cell layer to improve crepey skin appearance; and
- Normalizes pigment problems in the epidermis to fight uneven skin hyperpigmentation.
Retinol is Vitamin A, and it is in the family of ingredients called retinoids. Retinoids applied to skin have been scientifically-proven to fight wrinkles, uneven hyperpigmentation and dull complexion tone and texture.
In fact, they are some of the best studied ingredients in skin care for these problems.
Is retinol good for acne?
Yes, retinol helps fight acne by:
- Preventing dead cells from clogging pores and causing blackheads and pimples; and
- Preventing acne scars by preventing pimples that form from clogged pores.
How do you find the best retinol cream or serum?
Look for a retinol product with:
- Pharmaceutical grade Retinol;
- High, professional Retinol concentration in a product;
- Packaging that protects ingredients from air and light; and
- Hypoallergenic base that does not contain unnecessary fragrance or other ingredients which can be absorbed excessively by retinol treated skin.
With all skin care products, how the product is formulated and dispensed is important.
Manufactures commonly add inadequate amounts or “actives,” or they create unstable formulations but are sure to brag about an ingredient on the label.
As a consumer, you need to pick a brand that you can trust.
How do you apply retinol to your face?
- Retinol is most effective when applied as a night cream because it breaks down on contact with light.
- You can apply retinol during the day under a mineral zinc oxide sunscreen that protects retinol from light.
- Retinol can be applied alone or layered with other skin care products like moisturizers or glycolic acid AHA products.
- I usually recommend starting every other night and working up to every night.
- Sensitive complexions might need to avoid using retinol on sensitive areas of the face such as eyelid folds or around the nose creases.
How long does it take to see results from Retinol Night Cream?
In my dermatology practice, I see results that evolve over time when a person starts using retinoids:
- You can expect to see results in a week in terms of improved skin tone and texture. Skin will look brighter and healthier because of the rapid impact on the dead cell layer.
- Fine lines and wrinkles will begin to look better in the first few weeks due to the changes on the dead cell layer.
- Surface pigment problems will be reduced within the first month.
- Pores will be less clogged within a month or two.
- There will be a reduction in milia in a month or two.
- It takes several months to reduce deeper pigment problems.
- It takes a 3 to 6 months for dermal collagen production to build up to help reduce wrinkles.
What is the best Retinol Night Cream?
The retinol in my Retinol Night Cream is pharmaceutical grade, the highest concentration available, packaged in an airtight container that blocks light, and is made in an entirely hypoallergenic formulation.
It also is enriched with pharmaceutically pure, stable and concentrated green tea antioxidants to load your skin’s antioxidant reserve and fight any retinoid dermatitis that can develop as your skin adjusts to retinol.
(Retinoid dermatitis is the slight skin scaling and inflammation that can happen when you first start using a retinoid.)
My Retinol Night Cream is serious skin care.
That’s why I’ve included it in my Ultimate Pigment and Sun Damage Repair Kit.
This week, Retinol Night Cream is also our Featured Product meaning that you can receive a 10% discount off the normal price from October 9th to the 16th on orders placed by noon PST.
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Retinol & Retinoid 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;
Mechanisms of Photoaging and Chronological Skin Aging, Gary J. Fisher, PhD; Sewon Kang, MD; et. al., Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(11):1462-1470
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.