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What To Know About Retinoids

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Retinoids are often intimidating to those who don’t know what they are and how they function. Retinoid products contain vitamin A and bind to the skin’s retinoid receptors. The new skin cells that your body produces naturally is what helps your skin look bright, glowy, and youthful. It typically takes the body about 28 days for cells to turnover; however, retinoids help you get new skin much faster. Retinoids are very helpful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles because they help increase the production of collagen which we know is what aids in keeping our skin looking youthful.

Retinoids are safe to use for all skin types as long as your skin is not dry, red, or irritated. Additionally, if you suffer from a skin condition, such as eczema, it would be best to hold off on retinoids until you consult with a skin care specialist. It is important to note that your skin will need to get used to retinoids. Therefore, in the beginning, your skin might look red and feel itchy. You also might notice that you get more breakouts. This will likely occur because your skin is purging any toxins and impurities. Any product that is newly introduced into your skincare routine will take some time getting used to, especially one as powerful as a retinol.

If you are interested in using retinoids, it is important to remember that a little bit goes a long way. Make sure that you slowly incorporate into your skincare routine and limit the amount you apply to three times a week. Once you notice that your skin has become accustomed and responded well you can increase your retinoid use. It is also important that you’re applying this product on dry, clean skin. Keep an eye out for the different strengths of retinoid products. Prescription retinol is the strongest as well retinoic acid. When using retinol, make sure to skip exfoliating as that might irritate your skin. Since exfoliating can be abrasive on the skin, especially if your skin is sensitive, you want to ensure that you aren’t overwhelming your skin.

Use retinol only at night to protect your skin. Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight. If you know that you are going on a trip where there’s going to be plenty of sunlight, it is best to put a pause on retinol use. It is safe to use products that contain retinol under your eyes; however, it is not safe to apply it on your eyelids. The skin on your eyelids is very thin and can become easily irritated. Lastly, and most importantly, continue to wear sunscreen as much as possible. Even a powerful product like retinol can’t protect your skin from the sun’s powerful rays.


Advanced Dermatology Care of Southern California is a comprehensive dermatology group providing general & surgical dermatology, cosmetic enhancements and plastic surgery with two Southern California locations. Under the direction of Michael P. Tabibian, M.D., Medical Director, our collective experience aims to provide our patients innovative and highly individualized skin treatment solutions for patients of all ages and skin types.