Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Difference Between Retin-A and Retinol

Is there a difference between Retin-A and Retinol ?

Yes. The FDA 40 years ago approved Vitamin A, retinoids or Tretinoin under the brand name Retin-A as a prescription for acne. Dermatologists after prolonged use by patients noticed not just clearer skin, but softer ,smoother and brighter skin ( less wrinkles my friends ).

Retinol is the non-prescription or over the counter version of retinoids. While prescription protocols yield more affective results, retinol is less aggressive and may take twelve weeks or more for desired results.

Now let me dispel a common myth : retinoids will not render one's skin sun sensitive, just as an exfoliated skin is not any more vulnerable to UV rays. The ingredient itself is sensitive to sunlight which is why it should be applied at night. In fact a humid summer is an optimal time to start retinoids, because the humidity would render the drying effects less irritating. Don't forget your sunscreen.

Cheers, Miss Violet

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