What is retinol?
First things first, let’s begin with the basics. Retinoids are a group of chemicals that are all associated with vitamin A. This encompasses both retinol in the OTC form and the prescription strength versions of it, like the most normally prescribed Retina-A, are retinoic acid. In other words, it is easy to learn about them all in the same group, importantly providing the same kind of advantages.
What does retinol do?
Retinol is very advantageous for your skin which encompasses stimulating collagen or reduces wrinkles, accelerating the cell turnover or reduces the discoloration and leaves a softer skin, and keeps your pores clear. Although, the efficacy level is dependent on the type of product you use, and whether if it is OTC or prescribed, you will make the most of these advantages to some extent, no matter if the product is marketed as solving anti-aging or anti-acne.
What is the difference between OTC or prescribed retinol?
As it is entirely associated with Vitamin A, OTC and prescribed versions are varied in their levels of potency, its ability to be absorbed by your skin, its potentiality for irritation and of course, efficacy. Retinol which is usually found in the OTC creams and serums, plays with the enzymes during its application on the skin and is eventually transformed into retinoic acid. Prescription only Retin-A is retinoic acid in the first place. In other words, transformation is not needed. The advantage of these prescription versions is, they are potent and more effective, and however, they are also likely to cause irritation.
How long does it take to work?
Unluckily, it might take months, and rarely weeks. It will at least take a few months to deliver you the results, but the longer you utilize the retinoid, the more results you will be able to see. Hence, many experts of Clinique Anti Aging suggest that beginning with a retinoid in your early 20s so as to prevent the anti-aging measure. But, if you are more than 20 and have never used a retinoid in your life, remember, it’s never too late.
Can anyone use it?
Mostly, yes. However, you should stop using retinoid if you are pregnant or trying to become one. And there are many people who have extra sensitive skin and won’t be able to handle it. But, most of the people are able to use the products with mild retinol.