What is Retinol?
Retinol is one of the forms of Vitamin A naturally produced in our bodies. It is commonly used combined with Vitamin C or AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) to improve the superficial appearance of our skin.
As such it is applied as a topic solution in order to improve wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and sun damaged skin.
The acid, termed Tretinoin is used in dermatological acne treatments as a superficial topical cream where as its chemical isomer Isotretinoin (Accutane or Roaccutane) is used orally to treat severe forms of acne.
How does Retinol act?
Basically it does two main things: it stimulates the growth of new skin cells by promoting the production of elastin and collagen and secondly, it sheds the older cells in the skin surface.
Because this medicine can reach real internal layers of the skin it is usually necessary to take long treatments. If you have taken Accutane or Roaccutane probably you have taken a pill or two daily and spend some 12 weeks or more in the treatment. However, results are quite visible and notorious.
Is Retinol good for me?
This medicine is a very good solution for many skin problems. It must be applied in a regular basis and a quick improvement will be noticed. It is successful as it is gentle and does not cause much irritation, however, it does take some time to get rid of acne.
As such it is a highly successful but slow forehead acne treatment.
Retinol cream for acne
The retinol cream for acne is also called topical retinoids. These are also obtained from Vitamin A as we mentioned above. They are used as a cure for both severe and mild acne. They work by opening the pores and minimizing the formation of comedones, whiteheads and blackheads. After using the retinol cream for acne, you will be safe from any future outbreaks. Good examples of prescription creams are: tretinoin, tazarotene and adapalene.
Are there any side effects?
This medicine has some side effects but it does vary a lot from person to person. Really delicate skin people may experience redness and a tingling skin, but this does not happen to everyone.
Sunlight sensitivity is a general truth. When using Retinol, try using applying it at night and avoid having direct sun exposure. High sun protection creams (+50) are recommended.
Also, scaly skin may also be a side effect from the use of Retinol. A good and constant skin hydratation should solve this problem.
Do not use this medicine when pregnant.