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Why Should Everybody Use Retinol?

Feb 19,2022 | HISEEK PRETTY

People who’ve heard of retinol tend to fall into two categories: Those who are absolutely o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d with the stuff, and those who are too scared to try it after hearing one too many retinol rumors. Although it’s true that the ingredient can irritate your skin initially, dermatologists agree that alternatives pale in comparison to retinol’s near-magical results. After all, retinol addresses such a wide variety of skin complaints that it’s a wonder everybody—and we mean everybody—doesn’t use it.

What Is Retinol?

Retinol is a natural over-the-counter type of retinoid, a skincare ingredient that converts to retinoic acid—an active form of vitamin A—in the skin. It’s been shown over and over again to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve tone and texture by increasing cell turnover and stimulating collagen production.

What Does Retinol Do?

Prevents acne by making the skin less “sticky,” which helps keep pores clear of debris and build-up, allows oil to exit the hair follicles, and puts the kibbosh on inflammation.

Stimulates and accelerates cell turnover, which leads to cell renewal and brighter, smoother skin.

Stimulates collagen production to firm the skin and prevent laxity.

Reduces hyperpigmentation by exfoliating skin surface cells, thus removing pigment. Retinol may also inhibit tyrosinase, an enzyme involved in pigment production.

What Are the Benefits of Retinol?

Whether your biggest complaints are fine lines, a dull complexion, discoloration, or acne, retinol fights just about every battle to make your skin look better, simple as that. That said, the ingredient is particularly revered for its anti-aging beneits.

It is the gold standard for keeping the skin young, going so far as to say it can reverse fine lines and wrinkles—aka literally turn back time.

Note that The American College of Obstetricians and Gynocologists advises against topical retinoid use during pregnancy, so you’ll want to take a break from using stockpiled retinol products while you have a baby on board.

The Side Effects of Retinol—and How to Mitigate Them?

If retinol is so ridiculously effective, you may be thinking, then why doesn’t everybody use it? The answer is redness, flakiness, itchiness, and peeling sometimes referred to as the “retinization period,” which can plague first-timers for about a month (sometimes more) and lead to product abandonment.

Given the benefits of retinol and the fact that it’s clearly an active ingredient, it’s no wonder the skin responds initially with protest. The good news is that you don’t have to just grit and bear it: Just start slow with a mild formulation. We recommend starting two to three nights a week and increase usage as tolerated,If used with a moisturizer and in the correct amounts, you should be able to use it on a regular basis.

Even more promising: Retinol formulations are constantly evolving and are often paired with healing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients to nip potential discomfort in the bud.

Post-retinization, retinol can still make your skin sensitive to sun, the American Academy of Dermatology Association warns. It’s ever the more reason to apply sunscreen daily.

At What Age Should You Begin Using Retinol?

Start as early as you can.

Regardless of your age, if you have particularly dry, red, or inflammed skin, it’s worth a conversation with your dermatologist before beginning retinol on your own.

Otherwise? If you were today years old when you realized you need retinol in your life, it’s never too late to give it a shot.

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