Retinol side effects - Retinol is one of the best ingredients you can use to improve your skin...
But - like all active products - some side effects can be expected.
This article will show you how to deal with any side effects to lessen their impact.
The right Retinol product, used correctly, can seriously change your skin - so read on to find out exactly what to do!
Confusing..... Retinol is one of the Retinoids, or derivatives, of Vitamin A.
Retinol is one step 'down' from Retinoic Acid chemically:
But it isn't as strong so it can be tolerated easier.
> It does deliver similar benefits - but takes longer to work and is available over-the-counter.
More details on the difference between the Retinoids here
Retinol is still active and still effective - hence, it can still cause side effects and needs to be used properly.
So let's get on with it!
It all depends on how your skin reacts - but if you're using a quality product - Retinol is in the right dose and formulation so it's able to be delivered to the skin - you can expect at least some of the following:
*Important* These side effects are temporary, usually improving in 2 - 6weeks depending on your skin.
As long as you build tolerance up properly with the right product, you will get the benefits!
How to build up tolerance correctly is below.
To lessen this redness, don't apply your retinol cream right after a hot shower or when your face is still hot from exercise.
Hot rooms and extremes in temperature can make this worse, so try to avoid those as much as possible while your skin is getting used to it.
This is sometimes thought of as exfoliation. But technically it's not exfoliating, as the dead skin cells aren't removed (as they are in actual exfoliants such as Salicylic Acid which dissolve the cells).
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This can also be relieved by applying Vaseline at night or a soothing moisturizer over top.
Try make sure you don't scratch roughly as skin is already sensitive. Use your finger tips lightly if it really needs an itch!....
Again, a thin layer of soothing moisturizer over top can make a difference.
If it's really bad, a cool wash cloth held to your skin for a few minutes will relieve it.
If you normally have acne - which may be why you're using Retinol in the first place - you may be more likely to experience this.
Even if your skin is clear, don't be surprised if one or two breakouts come to the surface when you first start using it.
It can just be some 'underlying' breakouts coming to the surface, made faster by the action of Retinol.
Keep using the product and know that this is temporary.
Once skin is more balanced, it will be clearer over all!
Some side effects are more severe, and with these you may like to reassess your use of Retinol.
They can be similar to the above but more extreme, with severe redness, irritation and sensitivity.
The following nine tips will help you get the most out of using Retinol by building up your skins tolerance correctly - so you can experience the benefits while lessening the side effects!
Put a small amount of cream behind your ear, just underneath your jaw or the inside of your arm and leave for 12 - 24hours. If there is no reaction, continue use on your face.
Use a mild cleanser at least in the first few weeks of use. An exfoliating cleanser may make your skin more sensitive.
Apply it 2 or 3 times at night.
For the next two weeks, apply it every 2nd night. Decrease to every 3rd night any time you feel it's too much.
You should be seeing benefits already and have a good idea of how your skin is tolerating it.
If it's tolerating well, increase usage to nightly application.
Once skins tolerance is built after about 8 - 12 weeks, it is fairly easy to use nightly. And this is when the real results start to show!
Doubling up daily dosage doesn't double the results, but may double the side effects.
Plus the Vitamin A molecule is very sensitive to sunlight, so it's best to use it at night anyway.
Use them in the morning to lessen irritation.
...some people like to apply the exfoliant directly before using Retinol. This can increase the benefits.
Be careful with this approach, go slowly and monitor your skin.
New, vulnerable skin cells are coming to the surface faster and it's vital they are protected from the sun.
Retinol is an amazing product, and almost everyone should use it. But, it is vital to use it properly to maximize the results and to lessen the side effects!
It may seem a bit scary, but it's not - used correctly it can do amazing things for your skin!
Just remember some side effects are expected with such an active product. Use caution and take your time - trying to 'push through' any side effects won't get you the results faster!
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