Retinol is a new age chemical that is primarily used to treat acne, skin aging, cell regeneration, evening the skin tone, improve skin texture and boost collagen production. It is one of the best-known skincare items on the market shelves today. With newer technologies bringing up new products for our daily skincare regime, retinol has become a huge success for everybody. 

What is Retinol? 

Retinol is derived from extracts of Vitamin A such as cheese, eggs, oily fish, fortified low-fat, spreads, milk, and yogurt. Vitamin A is also present in yellow, red, and green (leafy) vegetables, such as spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, and red peppers, yellow fruits, such as mango, papaya, and apricots as well. 

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How To Use Retinol?

Retinol comes in form of liquid serums, gels, creams, and emollients. A person using retinol for the first time should take a patch test before applying it to the entire area to ensure that their skin does not react sensitively to the product.

A person should check product instructions before use, as products containing retinol will vary in concentration. A person should apply sunscreen after retinol use to prevent sun damage.

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When To Start Using Retinol? 

An individual can apply retinol once a day and about 20–30 minutes after cleansing the face. It is advised to apply retinol at night, before going to sleep by most dermatologists. Start using retinol in your mid-twenties. (Night-Time Skincare Routine For Combination Skin By Expert)

What Are The Possible Side Effects?

Side effects to retinol are seen after prolonged use of products or in higher concentrations than required. Here are some common side effects people face- 

  • Excessive skin dryness
  • Flushed skin
  • itchy skin
  • Scaling of the skin
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There may be some less common side effects like these to show up on the skin too- 

  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Sensitivity to UV light
  • Flare-up of acne
  • Skin swelling
  • Stinging and blistering of the skin

Who Can Skip On Retinol? 

Retinols can be a beneficial addition for most skin types, but it is not a one-size-fit-for-all approach. People with sensitive skin conditions like rosacea cannot tolerate really concentrated topicals like retinol.

Avoid retinol if you’re planning on spending a lot of time in direct sunlight without proper sunscreen (DIY Homemade Sunscreens). Some retinoids are not recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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Always consult with a dermatologist before starting high-strength retinol or if you’re concerned about retinol’s effects.

We would like to add a disclaimer to the article. We are not specialized in this profession and are not in any space to provide any recommendations. Please see a doctor if necessary. 

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