Retinol Creams are one of the most popular products in skincare industry. They have been used since ancient times for treating various skin problems. Today they are widely used for many purposes like anti-aging, wrinkles, scars, hyperpigmentation, etc. There are several types of retinol creams available in market today such as hydroquinone (HHQ), salicylic acid (SA) or tretinoin (TTO). All these creams contain different ingredients which are supposed to treat various skin conditions.
There are two main types of retinol: hydroquinone and salicylic acid. Hydroquinone is a chemical compound derived from the bark of the cork tree, Quercus suber which grows in tropical regions. It was first synthesized in 1887 by John William Waterhouse, a British chemist at the University of Glasgow. It was originally used as a preservative agent in paper making because it prevents yellowing and discoloration caused by exposure to sunlight. However, its effects were not fully realized until the 1970’s when it became known that hydroquinone could act as an antioxidant against free radicals.
Hydroquinone is effective in reducing wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.
Retinol is an alcohol form of Vitamin A. It first gained attention for its healing effects on burns in the 1920’s, but it wasn’t until the 1960’s that its anti-aging benefits came to light. Retinol reduces skin roughness, fine lines and wrinkles, and lightens the dark circles and discoloration commonly seen under the eyes. It has also been proven to help in the treatment of acne by preventing clogged pores.
Retinol SA (Salicylic Acid) is a beta-hydroxy acid derived from willow bark. It can be synthesized or obtained naturally from certain plants. It works by exfoliating the top layer of dead cells, which makes it easier for skin to regenerate itself. Retinol SA is also effective in treating acne and inflammation caused by it, as well as calming down the redness in the skin.
Salicylic acid is a chemical compound that comes from willow tree bark or meadowsweet, plants which have been used for their medicinal properties for over 2,500 years. It was first synthesized in 1853 by a German chemist named Charles FrÃ©dÃ©ric Gerhardt. It is most commonly used in skincare products to help treat acne because it exfoliates the skin and unclogs pores, making it easier to remove blackheads and whiteheads. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps with the swelling and redness associated with acne.
Vitamin A is an essential vitamin which is vital for healthy vision and the immune system. Retinol is the alcohol form of Vitamin A, which can be found in various foods such as fish oils, dairy products, and orange/yellow fruits and vegetables. Retinol can also be taken in tablet form and is used to treat a variety of conditions, such as acne, dry skin, sun damaged skin, wrinkles, age spots, etc.
In order for retinol creams to be effective, it is important to use as instructed by your dermatologist. If you are using a retinol cream for the first time, I advise that you do an allergy patch test behind your ear or on your wrist at least 48 hours before using it on your face to make sure that you don’t have a negative reaction to it. Also, always remember to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day regardless if you are using a retinol product or not, as it will counteract the photoaging (premature skin aging caused by the sun) effects of the retinol.
Retinol is available in generic and brand name products such as Renova, Retin A, Retinol, Atralin, Avita, and Tazorac. Some retinol products are available in the form of creams, gels, lotions, and even plastics that are applied like a mask to cleansed skin.
You can also get retinol from food as well. Some foods high in Vitamin A are carrots, sweet potatoes, dairy products, and most fish liver oils.
When you are ready to purchase a retinol product, be aware that you may experience an adjustment period when first starting to use it. Depending on the potency of the product, your skin may start to look and feel worse before it looks and feels better. Some common symptoms of this adjustment period are redness, burning, stinging, peeling, and even rash or itchiness. It is recommended that you do not stop using the product at the first signs of these reactions because it should start to get better within a week or two after the initial start of use. If the reaction gets excessively worse, then it is best to consult with your dermatologist or stop using the retinol product all together and try a milder product.
There are many benefits to using retinol products during both your preventative and corrective skincare routines. Retinol products can make your skin look younger, even out skin tone, reduce wrinkles, and brighten skin. Retinol products can also help to fade dark spots from acne or sun damage, increase the firmness of skin, and improve the texture of your skin.
Many people have concerns about whether or not retinol products are effective or safe. There is quite a bit of research that has been done to show that retinol does actually work and is safe when used properly.
The use of retinol can lead to enhanced results when it is used in combination with other proven anti-aging ingredients, such as hydroquinone, retinoids, and alpha hydroxy acids. Always check with your dermatologist before combining any anti-aging products or ingredients to avoid any complications or adverse reactions.
If you are looking for an effective way to keep your skin looking young and beautiful, consider adding a retinol product to your skincare routine today!
See our guide to Retinol
See our Retinol Products
See our Guide to Alpha Hydroxy Acids
See our Guide to Skin Lighteners
See our guide to Hydroquinone
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The Truth About Anti-Aging Products via Huffington Post
All About Retinol via VeryWell
FDA Facts On Skin Care Products With Retinyl Palmitate via FDA
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Retinol: The Science Behind the Hype via The Beauty Brains
Last updated 9/19/18
Evening primrose oil is an essential fatty acid that can be used in preventative and corrective skin care regimens. Learn all about this multi-purpose oil below.
Are there any side effects?
While rare, some people may experience minor stomach discomfort or loose stools when taking evening primrose oil orally. Due to the fat content of the oil, it is possible for allergic reactions to occur. If you have a known allergy to plants of the Onagraceae family then it is best to avoid using this oil. If you have a history of glaucoma, then you should avoid this oil as well because it may increase intraocular pressure.
What does it smell like?
This oil has no significant scent.
How should I store it?
It is recommended that you store this oil in an opaque container in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
Should I use it with anything else?
Many people like to mix evening primrose oil with borage seed oil as they have similar properties and benefits. St. John’s wort can also be mixed in to enhance the effects of the oil.
What is it supposed to do?
Evening primrose oil is used to treat a variety of issues. Some of the many uses include treating adenomyosis, a disease of the uterus, amenorrhea, urinary incontinence in men, and myriad other diseases of the genitourinary tract. It is also used to treat atopic dermatitis, a skin condition, and mastalgia, the swelling of mammary glands in women. The oil also has a plethora of other uses such as treating intestinal disorders, pain, and inflammation.
How does it work?
Evening primrose oil contains essential fatty acids, proteins, and a plethora of vitamins and minerals. The exact way that it works is not known, however, it is known to have anti-inflammatory effects and can help to regulate hormone levels among other things.
Does it really work?
Evening primrose oil has been used with success to treat a myriad of issues. It has even been researched for use as a treatment for cancer. While researching the uses of this oil is an ongoing process, it’s known to be a safe and effective treatment for many issues.
What are some ways to use it?
Evening primrose oil can be ingested either taken alone or mixed into food or drink. It can also be used topically, although this is not common practice. The recommended daily dosage should not exceed 2000mg for adults.
What are some possible side effects/contraindications?
Due to the fact that it is a fatty acid, there is a chance of allergic reaction, in which case, it should be ceased immediately and contact with a doctor is recommended.
Common brand names: Primrose, Promensil
Other types of evening primrose oil: EPO
Here are some other skin care oils that you can try:
Grapeseed Oil: This oil is high in linoleic acid and antioxidants. It can help with aging, healing, inflammation, and various bacterial and fungal skin conditions.
In fact, grapeseed oil is commonly used to reduce hyperpigmentation and wrinkles!
Jojoba Oil: This is a liquid wax that closely resembles the natural oils (sebum) your skin produces. It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and rich in minerals.
Olive Oil: Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, and can help to hydrate your skin. It is also useful for its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.
Rosehip Seed Oil: This oil is rich in essential fatty acids and is a fantastic antioxidant. It can help to treat aging, some skin conditions like eczema and acne, wounds, and sunburns.
Sandalwood Oil: This oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is often used to treat acne and other skin conditions.
Sea Buckthorn Oil: This oil is high in fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins. It can help to soothe dry or damaged skin and can even help to lighten marks and scars caused by pimples or blemishes!
Sunflower Oil: This oil contains antioxidants and vitamin E. It can help to soften and soothe your facial skin, and may also help to hydrate and moisturize your skin.
Tips: If you start using a new skin care product, introduce it one at a time. This will allow you to identify which product is causing you problem if you have an adverse reaction to any of the products.
If you make sure that you are using the right products for your skin, you will have a healthier glow. It is also important to drink plenty of water and get enough rest. The better care you take of your body the better it will be able to fight off potential illnesses or viruses.
If you have any questions or would like to share your skin care routines, please leave me a comment! I would love to hear what works for you and what your favorite oils are. Also, if you have experienced adverse reactions from skin care products in the past, please let me know. I am always looking for new products to try on my own skin and if someone else has had a bad experience with a particular product, I would prefer not to use it.
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RETINALDEHYDE VS RETINOL FOR ANTI-AGING| DR DRAY by AA Helper – antiaginghelper.com