Too often the word retinol sends us into skin care confusion. Should I use it? What kind should I use? Why is it important?
Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative that speeds up cell turnover and boosts collagen production, both active anti-aging actions. The first retinoid for skin, Retin-A, was introduced in 1971 as a prescription acne treatment. Patients noticed that when using Retin-A their skin became softer and smoother.
Retinol is gentler than Retin-A and does not require a prescription. When used regularly, retinol has been found to:
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Smooth out uneven skin texture.
- Improve skin discoloration.
- Improve skin’s overall firmness.
- Reduce pore size.