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What is retinol?

Every day we hear about retinol and its anti-aging action in cosmetics, its ability to stimulate collagen production and reduce melanin synthesis.

The confusion comes when they talk about retinol, retinal or retinoic acid. These are part of the family of retinoids called in some cases as Vitamin A.

When we use the vitamin A stored in our body, it is converted into retinol, it becomes retinal and then, through an oxidation process, we convert it into retinoic acid.

This is the active form that our skin will use.

It was in 1969 when retinol began to be used for acne treatments, seeing that it accelerated the skin's natural exfoliation process, preventing pore clogging and the dreaded acne regrowth.

A few years later, the anti-aging action of this active principle was discovered.

Until recently, most cosmetics contained retinol due to the instability of retinal.

Today science has managed to stabilize it, obtaining products of greater potency.





BENEFITS OF RETINOL

  • Stimulation of collagen formation

  • Sunspots

  • Fine wrinkles

  • Acne marks

  • Improve the natural exfoliation of the skin

  • Appearance of thinner skin, with closed pores, or smaller size


ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?

Although retinol can be used for almost all skin types, keep in mind that it can cause:

  • Irritation

  • Dryness

  • Reds

  • Peeling


CAN EVERYONE USE RETINOL?

People with sensitive skin, or with conditions such as rosacea, dermatitis, must be careful and follow the recommendations of a doctor.


HOW IS RETINOL APPLIED?

Retinol is recommended to be used at night.

If it is the first time, it is recommended to use it two days a week for about two weeks and gradually increase the frequency in order to go through the adaptation process.

Like any form of vitamin A it is recommended to use sunscreen the next day in the morning.


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO TAKE EFFECT?

A period of at least 3 months is necessary to see the results of this cosmetic

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