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Why You Need Retinol: A Dermatologists Tips

What’s The Difference Between Tretinoin and Retinol?

Trentoin and Retinol are both vitamin A derivatives.

Tretinoin is prescription strength and is stronger than retinol.

Retinol must convert into retinoic acid before it becomes effective,

This process can take some time, so for those with troublesome acne, using tretinoin, which doesn’t require a conversion process, is most likely a better choice and results can be seen within a matter of weeks. Retinol is often more tolerable for those with more sensitive skin types example rosacea.

Both ingredients can be irritating due to their potency. All you need is a pea-sized amount after cleansing and before applying moisturizer.

Both help with cell turnover, can increase collagen, help fight acne by unclogging pores, help soften fine lines and even reduce pigmentation.

The Sandwich Technique

This technique is great for those with sensitive skin or new to retinols.

It moisturizes the skin while helping with the irritating effects of retinol.

Less is more, in the evening, I like a simple three-product routine that includes a cleanser, moisturizer, and retinol. especially if you new to using a Vitamin A derivative.

STEP 1: Start by washing your face with a gentle or ultra gentle cleanser. Hold off on glycolic, salicylic, or other acid-based cleansers that can contribute to dryness.

STEP 2: After washing your face, apply a layer of moisturizing cream, preferably something made with one or more of the following ingredients: glycerin, petrolatum, ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

STEP 3: Next, layer on a pea-sized amount of retinoid to the entire face. If you have especially sensitive skin, start with an over-the-counter retinoid which is milder than prescription retinoids.

STEP 4: Apply another layer of moisturizing cream immediately after applying your retinol. This is especially important during the fall and winter months.

Benefits of This Technique?

So should you do this?

The main benefit to the retinoid sandwich technique is hydrating your skin.

Retinoids are a chemical exfoliant. Does the technique make your retinoid less affective? No

Studies have shown that a base layer of moisturizer does not reduce the efficacy and helps with tolerability.

Look for ingredients like: glycerin and ceramides. (Ingredients like hyaluronic acid can increase the effect of retinoids).

My Favorite Retinols and Sandwich Shelf Links


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