It was developed in the late 60’s by Albert Kligman, Ph. D. as an acne treatment. Kligman noticed that Retin A also improved wrinkles and skin tone in acne patients. Kligman patented Renova, a tretinoin in an emollient base, which was the first FDA- approved topical treatment for wrinkles and fine lines. That was about 18 years ago, and retinoids still star in everything from moisturizers and serums to eye and neck creams.
Dermatologist claim that that there is not a single class of ingredient that can rival the track record that retinoids have for proven scientific results that show smoother, firmer skin, a more even tone, fewer breakouts and tighter pores.
How they work
Retinoids are amazing multi- taskers. By acting directly on the DNA in skin cells, they boost the many cell functions that tend to slow down once we hit 30. Retinoids increase cell turnover, so the skin is continually sloughing off damaged cells and allows healthy cells to be on top. This is what gives the skin a radiant and healthy look.
Retinoids also thin the top layer of the skin, the stratun corneum, while thickening the second layer, the epidermis, which is the mattress layer that supports the skin. This is as a result of the retinoids boosting the production of collagen, one of the skin’s primary support structures.
Wait, there is still more. Retinoids help keep the tissues hydrated, help clear dead skin cells, oil, and debris from the pores, leaving them less distended, resulting in minimizing pore size.
How to use Retinoids
It is best to be under the care of an Esthetician or doctor who can monitor your regimen and tweek it as needed. Higher levels may result in quicker benefits, but can be accompanied with redness, drying, peeling and flaking. A smart regimen is key to optimizing results and minimizing irritation.
As retinoids make the skin more sun sensitive, it is best to apply at night. A broad spectrum sunscreen must be used during the day.
∗Wash the face before bedtime with recommended cleanser. Avoid granulated types. Wait about 20 minutes to avoid stinging.
∗Take a dime size amount of your retinoid product and smooth it onto your face, neck, décolletage and carefully near the eye area.
∗Follow up with nighttime moisturizer. For sensitive skin, apply moisturizer before the retinoid to reduce redness. This will not compromise the results.
∗If you can not tolerate the burn, wash the retinoid off after 15 minutes. This will only slightly decrease the benefits.
It is recommended to use it twice weekly for two weeks, then increase to three times a week. Back off if you notice irritation. With proper technique and regular use , you will eventually tolerate the retinoids.
Outer Image Spa has a excellent Retinoid product from Image Skincare .
A highly concentrated blend of Retinol and Polypeptides to resurface, rejuvenate and repair aging and acne prone skin
• Potent Anti-Aging properties
• Rejuvenates and repairs aging/acne prone skin
• Significantly reduces fine lines
• Visibly tighter skin
• Treats all levels of acne
• Paraben Free
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