Retinoids… chances are you’ve heard of them, but do you really know what they do and how they can benefit your skin?
Retinoids are a derivative of Vitamin A. They act to unclog pores, speed cell turnover, even out skin’s tone and texture, and boost collagen which in turn can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Overall, retinoids improve overall skin appearance.
It is best to apply retinoid treatments at night, before you go to bed. This allows the product adequate time to set into the skin and get to work before other products and environmental elements have the chance to interfere. Sun exposure does not need to be avoided, however, it is recommended that you regularly apply SPF 30 while on retinoid treatments (and daily for that matter) as retinoids can dry out the skin. We love SkinMedica’s Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+.
Retinoids can dry out the skin, causing redness and in some case flakiness. This can often times be avoided if you ease into the product. Just remember… a little goes a long way. A pea-sized drop is enough to cover the whole face. Start by applying retinoids a few times a week or every other night, giving your skin time to adjust. If it seems to be well tolerated, you can increase this to every night.
Retinoid is available both over the counter or by prescription. Though both are effective, results are typically seen as early as 4 weeks with prescription products and typically around 12 weeks with over the counter products. We love SkinMedica’s Tri-Retinol Complex.
Please do not use retinoid products if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not use in conjunction with other drying products such as Benzoyl peroxide. If you plan to have any facial waxing procedures done, such as eyebrow waxing, please discontinue use of retinoids 3 days before your treatment and let your aesthitician know that you are using a retinoid treatment. If your skin does not tolerate retinoids, please discontinue use.