We’re all looking for that glowing, acne free look? Here’s what you need- Retinol.
Retinol is a synthetic derivative of Vitamin-A that boasts a long list of proven benefits. It’s often known as the holy grail of skincare ingredients.
How does Retinol work?
Retinoids act by speeding up the cell turnover rate which in turn results in exfoliation of the skin giving you brighter and smoother skin. They also stimulate collagen and elastin production which reduces the fine lines and wrinkles giving you younger, beautiful looking skin. It increases the production of natural chemicals like hyaluronic acid in the skin. These chemicals help to keep the skin moist and plump. Retinol also boosts collagen production and prevents the breakdown of collagen that already exists.
There are many benefits to retinol, but here are 5 ways told by Dr. Rashmi Shetty, Indian Board-Certified Dermatologist, Author, Entrepreneur, Industry Expert in which Retinol can improve your skin giving it the glow it deserves.
Do you have treatment-resistant acne? Retinol may be just what you are looking for. Retinol clears skin by unclogging pores and prevents further outbreaks from occurring. Naturally, less acne will result in fewer acne scars. To add to that, retinol can help amplify the effects of other medicated creams and gels, allowing you to get the maximum benefits of whatever treatments you're undergoing for your skin.
Fight Signs Of Ageing
Initially marketed as an anti-acne treatment product, retinols soon came to be known to have considerable anti-ageing effects too. It diminishes the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin hydration which over time makes your skin healthier and more youthful-looking.
Help Even Skin Tone
One of the many noteworthy aspects of retinol is that it stimulates skin cell turnover, giving a kind of an "exfoliating" effect. Dull and dry skin makes way for new, brighter, and more even-toned skin, armed with increased levels of collagen and elastin.
For most people, to get started, an over-the-counter retinol product should suffice. Using a lower dosage allows the skin to acclimate to the product with a lower risk of irritation. These lower doses of retinol also have fewer side effects than prescription-strength retinol. However, the off side is that it may take longer to see significant results. If you have any queries about the required dosage, consult with your dermatologist.
Depending on your budget, spending on retinol may seem like an extravagance you cannot afford. Having said that, spending on cheaper, short-term solutions may prove the wallet heavy option in the end. Retinol is one of the only ingredients with clinically-proven benefits, making it a beneficial investment for the future.
Side effects Of Retinol
They are an absolute contraindication in pregnancy and while breastfeeding. There are few side effects which need to be taken note off while using retinoids such as irritation, redness, peeling of skins, photo sensitivity, itching and dryness.
Methods Of Application
Retinoids can be used topically and orally. The most commonly used oral retinoid is Isotretinoin which works wonders in the treatment of moderate to severe acne.
For skin application, a small pea-sized quantity is applied evenly and gently on the face, avoiding the areas around the eyes, mouth and corner of the nose. Ensure to never massage the retinol cream. As your skin grows more tolerant over time, you can up the frequency at which you use or try out products with a higher concentration of retinol.
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