Aging Skin and Retinol

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Aging Skin and Retinol

hands-walking-stick-elderly-old-personAs you age your skin begins to lose some of its natural ability to grow new cells. This slowed cell turn-over can make your skin show fine lines, wrinkles and give your skin a duller look. There are quite a few anti-aging lotions that are formulated to help your skin regain its youthful appearance. One of the most researched and well-known anti-aging skin treatments is retinol.


Retinol is a derivate of vitamin A. It prevents dead skin cells from collecting in your pores and follicles, increases the speed of cell regrowth, and stimulates collagen ability to rebuild. This enhances your skin for a more youthful look. Side-effects of retinol tend to be minor and may involve sun-sensitivity, redness, dryness, irritation, skin peeling.


Collagen is a protein that is a main component in your skin. Anti-aging treatments with retinol encourage collagen to regrow, enhancing your skins look. Medical News Today describes it as: “Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is the substance that holds the whole body together. It is found in the bones, muscles, skin and tendons, where it forms a scaffold to provide strength and structure.” The word collagen comes from the Greek word “Koll” meaning glue.


Skin care treatments containing Retinol have been widely researched. Retinol has had the most abundant amount of scientific research for any skin care treatment. Because of this, Retinol is considered to be one of the safest and most effective treatments for many skin care issues. Its anti-aging properties are one of its most sought after uses.


The original products containing retinol, called tretinoin, tended to be very irritating to the skin. Today’s retinol formulas are used as a safe and effective product for extended use, including on sensitive skin. Retinol is most often used to treat skin conditions such as fine lines, sun damage, wrinkles, dullness, uneven pigmentation, melisma, and roughness. Retinol can also be used as a practical treatment for acne.


Retinol products can be found as either a prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) product. OTC retinol treatments tend to be weaker than prescription forms. To make sure you are purchasing a high quality OTC retinol product look for vitamin A as one of the first five ingredients listed, and that the product is packaged in an air-tight, opaque bottle. Check the expiration date for product freshness. Prescription strength variets of Retinol can include Tretinoin -name brands Atralin, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, and Renova; Tazarotene –name brand Tazorac; and Adapalene-name brand Differin.


Retinol treatments work well for both day and night use. With your nighttime application, apply with an anti-oxidant. In conjunction with your daytime product, apply with a sunscreen to improve your skins’ defenses against sun damage. The best quality retinol products can be purchased at most cosmetic and skin care specialists practices, including Orlando Skin Solutions, the highest quality in skin care service. Orlando Skin Solutions supports the use of Avene’s Retinol System for your anti-aging skin care treatments. This includes the Retrinal 0.1, Retrinal Eyes, and Retrinal HAF Firming Gel.



  1. Orlando Skin Solutions. “Anti-aging Skin Care: Why Do I Need Retinol?”

14 June 2016


  1. Medical News Today. “What is Collagen? What Does Collagen Do?”

14 June 2016