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Retinol is the gentler “cousin” of retinoids, and is found in over-the-counter products. It is recommended for almost every skin type.

Retinoids are a class of chemical compounds which are related to Vitamin A. Because skin cells contain retinoid receptors which help to regulate certain functions, retinoids work on a cellular level. With age and sun-damage, these functions deteriorate and the regular use of a retinoid helps to return them back to normal.

Retinoids increase the skin-cell turnover that slows as we age. This increase improves skin texture, reduces dark spots and blackheads and minimizes pore size. All of these things worsen with age and too much sun exposure.

However, the most powerful effect retinoids have of is their effect on collagen, the building blocks of the skin. They not only help to decrease the amount of collagen broken down due to sun exposure, but actually stimulate the production of new collagen.

Retinoids and retinols are best used at night because they are photo-sensitive, meaning that direct sunlight will break them down and decrease efficacy. The use of a sunblock in the morning is mandatory because both retinoids and retinols make the skin slightly more sensitive to the sun.

I have many products containing Retinols – schedule your appointment today and let’s review your skin care regime!