Retinol Is Still The “Go To” For Skin Care And Dermatology

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Retinol Is Still The “Go To” For Skin Care And Dermatology

Without a doubt, when it comes to anti-aging skin care products, retinol is always in the foreground on the subject of dermatology. The very first retinoid was introduced in 1971 as an anti-acne treatment and has been praised for its effectiveness in so many more areas ever since. Dermatologists at Spectrum Dermatology and around the globe agree that Retinol is proven to make skin look younger and smoother.

What Exactly Is Retinol?

Simply stated, retinol is just another name for vitamin A, and acts directly on the skin cells to boost the cells function that tends to slow down, as you get older. It helps increase skin “turnover” by eliminating dead skin cells while bringing healthy cells to the surface. One of the skin’s primary support structure is collagen and retinoids boost collagen while cleaning the pores of dead skin cells, oil, and other debris.

Types Of Retinol

Prescription Strength Retinol

You obtain a prescription for this version from your Doctor of Dermatology. Results can typically be seen in about 12 weeks, but many individuals cannot tolerate the strength of this version of Retinol. It’s appropriate for people with heavy acne and sun-damaged skin, but not for those with more sensitive skin.

Medical Grade Retinol

Medical grade retinol is a non-prescription strength version that’s stronger than over-the-counter products, however, not as strong as prescription strength retinol. This option is often found at dermatology offices but can be obtained without a prescription. This medical grade variety is great for people who can tolerate a harsher concentration of retinol, but not as good for people with extremely sensitive skin.

Over-The-Counter Retinol

Over-the-counter retinol products are for anyone who wants to slow the first signs of aging. But if you have serious acne and sun damage, stronger versions may be preferable.

Discuss Retinol and Skin Care with Spectrum Dermatology

It would be wise to talk to the professionals at Spectrum Dermatology to determine which retinol product is right for you. There are choices to be made, and the right retinol will indeed give you amazing results. Call Spectrum Dermatology at (480) 948-8400 and schedule your consultation.