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An important distinction: Retinol is OTC, Retinoids are prescription-strength
1. If you're serious about harnessing the power of retinol, get a prescription.
2. Women and men of all ages could potentially benefit from retinol.
3. Yes, you're still better off just using retinol at night.
4. OTC retinol creams and serums are better suited for your eyes.
5. Be aware of the common mistakes when using retinol.
While the upsides of retinol usage are tantalizing enough to keep skincare enthusiasts committed to their regimen, retinol’s downsides can be equally frustrating and even somewhat scary. Many experience irritation symptoms when they first start using retinol, and they can be unsettling enough to quit before you start seeing its magic work on you.
Protect yourself from unnecessary anguish by keeping in mind these three common, retinol-related mistakes and make sure you don’t commit them, especially if you’re just starting out:
1) using a too-large amount of product (a pea-sized amount is generally advised)
2) using it too frequently (start out twice weekly, and slowly build your way up)
3) not being patient (even with prescription retinoids, you might have to wait up to six months to see results)
With these five insights in mind, you’re now on your way to harnessing the true powers of retinol while minimizing its downsides. Remember, everyone’s skin is different, and the same applies to the skin’s reaction to retinol and other retinoids. The golden rule of retinol usage is this: If in doubt – or you’re experiencing prolonged side effects – consult your dermatologist or aesthetician.
Add the power of retinol to your skincare regimen!
Skin Deep offers a carefully chosen selection of retinol and retinoid products in our webstore.