What Is Retinol


    What Is Retinol

    Retinol is one of the most tried-and-true skin care products on the planet. A refined form of Vitamin A, it was first discovered in 1909 and began to be manufactured in 1949. Since then, it has helped generations of acne sufferers, both teenagers and adults. Because it is proven to increase collagen production, retinol also reduces the appearance of stretchmarks. Also effective on fine lines and wrinkles as well as pigmentation, it is one of the most extraordinary, high-performing, topical applications available. Read on for our retinol Q&A—as well as the one vital precaution to take when using it!

    Q: What is a good age to start using retinol?
    A:

    Depending on your particular skin condition, there’s a retinol for every age, from young teenagers to people in their sixties. Because it is so versatile, retinol can address the specific issues of multiple generations, including fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, overall tone and texture, and acne.

    Q: Is it true retinol makes your skin sensitive to the sun, making you burn more easily?
    A:

    Yes, and it’s important to exercise caution when you use it. Because retinol causes a slight burn to the surface of your skin, additional exposure will result in a burn on top of a burn, which can lead to hyperpigmentation, profound skin dehydration, and even blistering under extreme circumstances.

    Q: What retinol do you recommend at the Institute?
    A:

    We love Obagi’s 1.0 retinol treatment. Unlike most retinols, it has a time-release formula, meaning your skin gradually absorbs the retinol over time, so that you don’t look red, blotchy, or sunburned while using it.

    Q: Can retinol be used on any other part of the body, aside from the face?
    A:

    Retinol can be used on other parts of the body to treat multiple issues such as hyperpigmentation, acne, fine lines, and even stretchmarks. 

    Q: Can anyone use retinol whenever they want?
    A:

    No, retinol is not appropriate for all skin types and situations. Although some over-the-counter retinols appear safe, unsupervised usage on darker skin can result in severe hyperpigmentation and scarring. Always consult with your Skinovator and use retinol treatments precisely as directed.