Skin cells are produced in the dermis layer, which makes up the bottom layers of the skin. This is where cells regenerate and create new and fresh skin. If there is one ‘must-have’ product that you need to add to your skincare routine it is Vitamin A/Retinoids, as these products aid in the skin rejuvenation process.
Retinol VS Retinoids
Vitamin A/Retinoids make up a family of ingredients that include Retin-A and Retinol. This natural compound that occurs or develops in our body helps with immune system function and repairs tissue damage. The only type of Vitamin A derivative that our skin can process is in the form of retinoic acid. This medical-grade retinoid is also known as Tretinoin and Retin-A. It is an active ingredient that works in the layers of the skin to aid in cell turnover and reveal healthier, more youthful-looking skin. These products can only be prescribed by your skin specialist or medical practitioner as it is the strongest form of retinoid.
Retinol is a milder form of Vitamin A/Retinoids and can be sold over the counter. This form of Vitamin A must go through an enzymatic conversion process for the skin to be able to use the ingredient. It is a recommended prevention method for skin concerns such as fine lines, dark spots and scarring when used consistently and correctly. A stronger form of this ingredient is needed to ensure the treatment of these skin concerns.
Reasons why retinoids are the key ingredient to healthier and more youthful-looking skin:
1. Retinoids work as an anti-ageing agent to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
Our collagen production slows down over time, which leads to duller, more textured and wrinkled skin, which we associate with signs of ageing. Therefore, we need a product like retinol in our skincare routine, to aid the collagen production process, especially as we age. Research has found that retinoids promote more rapid cell turnover which results in healthier, more youthful-looking skin.
2. Retinoids work to improve the texture of the skin
Retinoids serve to speed up the natural skin renewal process, which helps improve skin texture. Namely, retinoic acid works to increase cell turnover to reduce the appearance of textured skin by softening rough patches. This results in smoother, clearer and more glowing skin.
3. Retinoids aid in reducing hyperpigmentation and scarring
Retinoids stimulate skin cell turnover which means that previously dull and dry looking skin makes way for new, brighter, and more even-toned skin. Namely, retinoic acid works to increase cell turnover to fade hyperpigmentation. Vitamin A is also an active ingredient that helps repair tissue damage, which is why it works to smooth acne scars and improve skin tone and texture.
4. Retinoids can help treat acne
Retinoids control several factors that are damaging to acne-prone skin, including oil production and inflammation. If you have suffered from breakouts in the past, a retinoid product may also reduce the appearance of acne scars. It unclogs pores which allow other medicated creams and acne treatments to work more effectively, it also reduces acne outbreaks by preventing dead skin cells from clogging our pores.
Always consult with your medical practitioner to determine whether a prescription or over-the-counter retinoid would be best for your skin. Book an online treatment planning session with Azallis Cosmedics Clinic and one of our skincare specialists will create a tailored routine to treat your skin concerns. We will also deliver your products straight to your door. Click here and fill out the form to book your digital consultation with us.