Skin Care

What Are Retinoids Used For?

To combat acne and as an anti-aging skin care product

Long known as the gold standard in anti-aging skin-care. retinoids are generally prescription based and start to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation after 12 weeks of use.

If you have moderate to severe acne that hasn’t improved with other treatments, they may help. When applied to the skin, retinoids can also allow other medicated creams and gels to work better. They might impeded the spread of acne and further outbreaks although they can make spots worse or cause more spots in the first few weeks of use.

What Are Retinoids?

They are a class of compounds derived from vitamin A. Not to be confused with retinol (slightly different compound) which is not as strong and not prescription based. Retinol can be bought over the counter in the likes of drug stores such as Boots and Superdrug.

Are Retinoids Safe to Use?

Like any strong skin care product, retinoids should be used with caution as they can cause redness, irritation, swelling and itching. These features are fairly common at the start of treatment.

You should NOT use them when you are pregnant or breast feeling and you should consult a doctor if you have any sort of health issue that may be of concern. In most cases retinoids are very safe to use and in fact they are widely used by both women and men all over the world.

How to Use Retinoids For Anti-Ageing

Spread a pea sized amount over your entire face after applying an oil of some kind. The oil will help your skin to stay moisturised as retinoids are known to be very drying. This might also prevent peeling which is another common side effect of using retinoids.

Retinoids for Treatment of Psoriasis

They slow the growth of skin cells in patients with psoriasis. It may be used in conjunction with a steroid cream as prescribed by your doctor. generally when treating psoriasis the cream is dabbed over the affected skin.

Other Names

You have probably heard of Retin-A and Tretinoin. Both are different names for same thing. Retin-A has become well known for it’s anti-ageing effects and the name is well used online.