The Negative Effects Of Retinol On Your Skin

January 30th, 2013

When we think of anti-aging products we imagine obtaining a creaseless, poreless complexion as a result of using them. Is there a perfect ingredient that can bring about a flawless complexion?

There is such an ingredient that continues to be buzz worthy because it promises (and delivers) reduction of fine lines, erasing dark spots and eliminating breakouts. But at what cost? This is what you need to judge for yourself and see if you are willing to pay the price.

Retinol: The Revolutionary Skincare Ingredient

All retinoids-the umbrella name for a class of compounds that encompasses retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate and many others -are derivatives of vitamin A, one of the body’s key nutrients.

Vitamin A’s chemical components were identified in 1931 and was FDA-approved in 1971 as a prescription-strength treatment for acne. What follows is the interesting part of this story, at least for me. Dermatologists noticed that it was vanishing more than acne but it was visibly reducing fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.

Overnight it became a revolutionary skincare ingredient in anti-aging products because of its ability to smooth out wrinkles, improve skin texture, reducing pores and returning a glowier complexion.

The flaw in this seemingly perfect ingredient, Retin-A and its various incarnation, (Renova, Tazorac, Differin), are the side effects.

These lineless faces also became very irritated ones: scaly, red, sensitivity to light and very dry. And perhaps the cardinal sin of retinol is that it has a tendency to thin the skin. Thin skin is not plump, shows every imperfection, like lines, pores and that which you were working hard to get rid of now shows up very dramatically.

This makes your skin hard to work with and won’t normally react well to anti-aging treatments.

And according to reports (and my own experience), even when the skin isn’t in crisis mode, you can tell when someone is using retinoid because a sort of spookily taut and shiny, plastic-like complexion develops.

This is because the retinoic-acid works too well. It penetrate all the layers of the skin, prompting extra-speedy cell turnover and exfoliation in the process. Miraculous, yes; gentle, no.

Vitamin A is the go-to skin-care ingredient for many products, including mine, as it is one of the best anti-agers besides sunscreen.

With all the fresh and new super-ingredients that have come onto the anti-aging scene, like Galactoarabinan, there is no need to use something that can upset your skin.

Its my opinion that you can achieve skin that is clearer, more youthful and healthier with natural and non-invasive skincare treatments and products. I hope this helps in helping you evaluate what to do for your skin.

Lastly, I look forward to seeing you at the salon where you will be dazzled by how great your skin looks.

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