Tis the season to start using retinols

Skin Care Products There’s a reason so many people use skincare products that contain retinol, a synthetic derivative of vitamin A: it can reduce the appearance of fine lines, stretch marks and sunspots and is helpful in fighting acne. From grocery stores to high-end department stores, you can find creams and serums that contain retinol, but the prescription version that we offer, Retin-A, is stronger and can offer the best results when treating acne, spots and wrinkles.


How retinol works

Retinol is considered a “keratolytic” treatment, which means it can dissolve dead skin layers. This allows new, smoother skin to come to the surface, and faster. Some users will experience extreme redness and skin peeling when they use Retin-A, but this is normal, and we encourage them to stick with it until the skin adjusts. Redness and peeling can occur off and on throughout years of use, however, but most patients find these side effects worth the results.


Retinol works on a deep level

Your new layer of exposed skin will be sensitive to products and especially to sun exposure. You can do your part by always cleansing with a gentle face wash and keeping your skin moisturized. And one of the most important things you must do is always use sunscreen. Otherwise, Retin-A use can cause you to further damage your skin.


Winter can be a good time to try Retin-A

You will still need to wear sunscreen every day, but during cold weather, you’re more likely to spend more time indoors, which makes it easier to keep your sensitive skin protected. But winter weather can be drier, so you will want to also be vigilant about moisturizing.


Could Retin-A give you better skin this year?

Many different types of skin and skin issues can benefit from consistent use of retinol. Here are some of the conditions it can treat:

  • Oily skin
  • Enlarged pores
  • Breakouts
  • Brown spots
  • Wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone


Come in for a skin consultation

We may recommend Retin-A, along with other treatments that can help improve the appearance of your skin. Call for an appointment today: (415) 788-3800.

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