Joel Schlessinger MD answers questions about this popular skin care ingredient.
Retinol is one of the most widely used and prescribed ingredients in the skin care industry. Many individuals use this ingredient to create a softer, smoother complexion and a more youthful appearance. In this presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD explains how this ingredient works and which retinol products are his favorites.
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A that encourages cell renewal to fade the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration. Unlike Retin A, another form of vitamin A, retinol is available over the counter and is much gentler than prescription tretinoin products.
There may be side effects to this skin renewal ingredient, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.
While using a product that contains retinol, it is normal to experience minor flaking, redness and dryness. Many retinol products contain ingredients that hydrate and soothe the complexion to help reduce these symptoms. Individuals with extremely sensitive skin should not use retinol products.
Because this ingredient is continuously renewing your complexion, it also makes your skin more susceptible to sun damage. While using a retinol product, you should wear a broad spectrum sunscreen daily and reapply often when you are exposed to sunlight for long periods of time.
Here are the top retinol products recommended by Joel Schlessinger MD.
There are a large amount of retinol products to choose from, including:
- SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex
- Jan Marini Age Intervention Retinol Plus
- Replenix Retinol Smoothing Serum
All three of these products smooth the surface of the skin and help create an even tone. You can also use a retinol product such as Revision Skincare Retinol Eye Repair around the eyes to diminish the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet.
Find out about other popular ingredients and skin care procedures by watching more presentations by Joel Schlessinger MD.