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After decades of skincare research, retinoids have become the gold standard in anti-aging. Skincare-News.com's latest article, "5 Reasons to Try Retinoids," offers the facts behind retinoid products and tips for using them.
Top 5 Facts about Retinoids
1. Retinoids' efficacy is well-established. Retinoids debuted in the 1970s as an acne treatment. Soon, patients started reporting other benefits: less wrinkles, less discoloration and brighter, smoother skin. Since then, retinoids have been extensively studied. Rigorous, double-blind research has shown their efficacy time and time again.
2. Retinoids shrink signs of aging. Considered the gold standard in anti-aging, retinoids reduce fine lines and wrinkles, diminish roughness and fade brown spots and hyperpigmentation.
3. Retinoids actually build collagen. Collagen gives skin its youthful look by providing structure, firmness and fullness. However, aging and sun exposure deplete collagen, making a person look older. Research has shown that retinoids prevent photo-aging and promote collagen growth. They also normalize the cells, which tend to act erratically as we age.
4. Retinoids attack acne. Retinoids are excellent exfoliants, revealing clearer -- and younger, more radiant -- skin. They also successfully reduce oil production and can effectively treat severe acne.
5. Retinoids even treat psoriasis. Because retinoids normalize cell activity, they're effective at treating psoriasis, a condition triggered by skin cells growing too quickly. In 1997, the topical retinoid tazarotene was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a psoriasis treatment. Clinical studies have shown that it works, providing long-term benefits and maintaining results.
Keep the following in mind when applying retinoids:
- Don't be alarmed if retinoid cream causes skin to dry out, peel and redden. In fact, it's common for skin to look worse before getting better. Skin should adapt within six to 12 weeks.
- Apply a small amount. Because retinoids are incredibly powerful and can dry out and irritate the skin, it's best to apply a pea-sized amount to the entire face. Applying too much of the product won't achieve better skin faster; instead, it'll create more peeling, dryness and redness.
- Be especially diligent about applying sunscreen. Retinoids make skin more susceptible to sun damage and sunburn. To protect skin, apply retinoids at night and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher when heading outdoors.
- Avoid using harsh exfoliants or other potentially irritating products. Piling on other powerful products can intensify irritation, so create a gentle skincare routine to accommodate retinoid use.
- Avoid layering alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) with retinoids. AHAs and BHAs can make retinoids less effective. Use AHAs and BHAs along with sunscreen in the morning, but leave retinoids for night-time.
- Don't apply immediately after cleansing. Apply the retinoid 20 to 30 minutes after washing the face, making sure skin is completely dry. This helps to minimize stinging and irritation.
- Use a gentle moisturizer regularly. Because retinoids dry out the skin, moisturizer is key in combating dryness and flaking. Use a moisturizer that's noncomedogenic, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.
- Hold off on waxing. Because retinoids can make skin extra sensitive and prone to peeling, either stop waxing altogether or postpone it, at least until skin has acclimated to the retinoid.
- Start slowly and build gradually. For some women, every other day is enough to maintain great results; others can tolerate daily use.
- Don't expect immediate results. People will likely see some improvement around three to six months, though optimal results are more likely in six to 12 months.
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