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Retinoids have years of extensive research in the efficacy of treating anti-ageing, depigmenting, and acne skin concerns. 


Let’s understand the term Retinoid a little better, 

Retinoid is the umbrella term for vitamin A derivatives. There is a long list of retinoids that you can buy over the counter and at prescription strength.


The many different types vary in strength, how quickly it reacts with the skin, and their potential for irritation. While all formulas help similar skin concerns, the formula decided is based purely on your skin type, tolerance, and goals.  


Here are a few common types of retinoids you need to know. From Retinal, Retinol to Tretinoin, these are a few favourites. 

Tretinoin is your prescription strength pure retinoic acid. Suitable for most skin types, but highly irritating. Always used under dermatologist care.


Retinaldehyde acts quickly on the skin, great for aged skin that wants quick results.


Retinol comes in many different strengths, which can be irritating but can take longer for you to achieve the results. Suitable for all skin types. 


So, why should you use it

-Brightens skin

-Reduce pore size

-Reduce fine lines and wrinkles

-Fades dark marks. 


How to use it

When starting your retinoid journey, it’s important to understand that you can experience some irritation, to begin with. Dry, flaky, slightly sore skin can be expected, and using your product as instructed by your skin specialist is vital in achieving the best results with this in mind. While Retinoids can be irritating, there are still options for sensitised skin types to benefit from this gold-standard ingredient, just at a slower, more controlled rate. 


Start low in percentage and go slow with the frequency of application. This allows your skin to acclimatise itself in the safest, most effective way. It is recommended to use retinoids in the evening, as sunlight has the ability to break down their efficacy. It is always recommended to use a broad spectrum SPF 30+ while you are using retinoids. 


How to minimise irritation

Using a pea size amount

Starting with the lowest percentage and slowly building up 

Use once a week for the first week, twice a week for the second, and build up ONLY as your skin tolerates. 

Keep the skin moisturised 

Consider moisturising before and after the retinol application 

Avoid using up to 7 days before and after any professional treatments.


For more information on introducing retinoids into your skin routine, click the book now button on our home page for a free skin health consultation. 

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