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Have you ever wondered what retinoids are and what their purpose is? I have to say, I was very hesitant when I first started using retinol creams, because I was worried that my skin will react so badly to them that I won’t be able to restore, what I thought was, fairly good skin condition ever again. At the same time I was very curious to see if they will make my skin picture perfect. So I started researching more and more and today I decided to let you in on this information, so you don’t have to do it yourselves. Enjoy!
- What is retinoid?
Retinoid is vitamin A derivative, so when I say retinoid I think about pure vitamin A. There is prescription retinoid and over-the-counter retinoid. The first one is also known as strength retinoid and you have to consult a doctor before start using it. There are three types of prescription retinoid:
- Tretinoin (Retin A, Renova, Avita)
- Tarzarotene (Tazorac)
- Adapalene (Differin)
With these you can expect to see the first results in about 4 months.
Over-the-counter retinoid is also known as retinol. This is very good if you are using retinoid for the time, because it is not as strong as the prescription one. Some examples of over-the-counter retinol are:
- Redermic R by La Roche-Posay
- Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Night Cream by Roc
- Rapid Wrinkle Repair by Neutrogena
With these you can expect so see the first results after 12 weeks or so, as they are not as strong as the prescription ones.
- What effects does retinoid have?
Retinoid helps with acne, anti-aging and hyper-pigmentation. Used consistently it will keep your skin clear and acne-free. It may also even-out your skin tone and prevent pre-mature aging. For the girls, who already have clear skin, retinoid could be used as a preventative measure to help skin stay young and healthy longer. Adding retinoid to your skin care regimen will enhance collagen production, even-out pigmentation and speed cells turnover, which will enhance skin radiance.
- How to use retionoid?
Using retinoid may cause dryness, redness and flaking at first and your skin may look worse at the beginning but get better with time. Ideally, you would want to ease your way into it. For the first two weeks try using it every third or even fourth night. If there is no irritation, try using it every other night for the next couple weeks. If you have very problematic skin, you may then proceed and use it every night. Remember to apply retinoid only at night and to use a good moisturizer afterwards. You only need a pea-size dab, so don’t overdo it. The moisturizer will help with the dryness you may experience. To avoid any other irritations, apply sunscreen daily.
- Do NOT use retinoid if:
- You are pregnant
- You are breastfeeding
- You are using benzoyl peroxide/ alpha hydroxy acid (they may deactivate retinoid => no layering)
- Your irritations don’t go away. In that case it would be best if you consult with your dermatologist.
Disclaimer: I am by no means a dermatologist. This is only my experience with retinoid creams and the information I have collected over the last year. What may work for me, may not work for you. If you want to try retinoid cream but you are not sure, what to buy, please consult a specialist!
Have you ever used retinoid creams? If so, what was your experience like? Let me know in the comments below!