Retinoids

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐˜€ is an umbrella term used for products that contain a derivative of Retinoic acid- otherwise known as ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—”.โฃ Retinoids are one of the most widely researched ingredients and clinically proven to;

Improve skin textureโฃ
Reduce oil production & inflammation thereby one of the NICE guideline approved treatments for acne (tretinoin)โฃ
Reverse sun damage & normalise pigment producing cellsโฃ
Increase collagen density โฃ
Increase cell turnover โฃ

There are many products on the market that state they contain retinol, however, anything less than 0.5% retinol does not reach the threshold to activate cell change as retinoid must covert to retinoic acid to act on the skin cells. 

The weakest retinoid is ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜†๐—น ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€- found in many High Street Products. They are also mixed with things like squalane to buffer& reduce absorption of the product to limit side effects but this limits its efficacy. So you can have it in your creams but if it isnโ€™t converted to retinoic acid- it is not useful.โฃ

โฃ

The forms that are effective are;

R๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—น- which undergoes 3 conversions to Retinoic acid. A good starting point when first adding into your skincare regime,

โฃ

R๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ต๐˜†๐—ฑ๐—ฒ- only one conversion to Retinoic acid.  โฃ

โฃ

T๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป- The strongest form of retinoic acid, acts quickly on the skin and it comes in 3 strengths depending on skin type and goal. โฃThis is only available on prescription.
 

โฃSide effects of retinoids include: redness, peeling, itchy skin. These settle once tolerance is reached.โฃ

โฃ

You do not have to experience peeling to have effective cellular improvement & best results are after 6-12 months.โฃ

โฃ

Please contact Advanced Aesthetics Nurse Practitioner Mandip, who can advise on the best form for your skin needs & direct your dosage carefully.