Are You Ready to Try Topical Vitamin A?

Vitamin A a.k.a. Retinol or Retinoid is one of my most recommended skincare products for those dedicated clients looking to improve their skin.

Time and time again I have gone back to the BASICS in my own skin care routine and the number one game changer is always Vitamin A (Retinol). I would call it the most important ingredient available in topical skincare. For over 70 years there have been established studies showing Vitamin A's value to skin on several fronts: It’s a skin-restoring, wrinkle-smoothing, firming and pore-refining ingredient and an antioxidant, allowing it to improve a variety of skin concerns, most related to visible signs of aging.

For those who have tried Retinol in the past and had noticeable side effects (mild redness, peeling, or skin irritation) there is hope! These side effects are normal, temporary indications the product is working.

Here is the best tip to deal with expected temporary side effects: Start Low and Go Slow!

1. Start with 1-2 times per week.

2. Add a night each week to build tolerance.

3. Use as often as your skin can tolerate.

4. Do not use other AHA (alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic acids) products on the same night.

5. When skin has adjusted, revert to daily use.

6. After 6 weeks of use you can increase the strength (if you have used your current strength nightly for one week with no sensitivity).

A great starter is Retinol 0.5% by Obagi®.

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