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Your Guide to Retinol

What are benefits of retinol?

Retinol increases cell turnover, which not only assists in diminishing the signs of aging but also reduces the buildup of dead skin cells, to keep the pores clear and reduce acne breakouts. It stimulates collagen production and regulates MMPs, helping to protect and repair photo aged and naturally aged skin. Retinol has also been effective in treating keratosis pilaris. The result is a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, an improvement in skin structure, and a reduction in the appearance of age spots.

How should I use retinol?

Retinol should be applied at night, as it is susceptible to light and it benefits the skin during its repair process. We recommend progressing slowly when beginning retinol use. Start applying a retinol product every second or third night, for the first week or two, depending on the individual’s skin tolerance, then increase applications up to every night in the weeks following.

Because of the increase in cell turnover, retinol should not be used more than 30 or 60 consecutive days, as overuse can thin the skin.

Are there products or ingredients that I should not use while also using retinol?

When using retinol, we recommended avoiding using AHA or BHA products. Vitamin C can be applied; however, it should only be used in the morning, while retinol should be applied in the evening to avoid overstimulation of the skin. Dermaplaning or any resurfacing treatment should be avoided when using retinol and exfoliants. A daily application of sun protection with an SPF of 30 or higher is essential when using retinol.

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