Retinoids are a family of vitamin A molecules used to treat aging skin, especially fine lines, wrinkles, and acne. Know which one to use
Retinoids Play a Role in Immunity and Skin Health
Skin care is a routine that we make sure to follow on a daily basis. Nobody likes the wrinkles or fine lines – signs of aging – that develop on their skin. How do we treat them? There are home remedies to make our skin glow and experts recommend a healthy diet rich in fiber and protein to delay the appearance of wrinkles. But what happens when you have already developed them? How can you treat this condition?
Dr. Geetika Mittal Gupta, cosmetologist, shares an informative post about retinoids on her Instagram account. Retinoids are a family of vitamin A molecules widely used to treat the signs of skin aging, especially fine lines, wrinkles, and acne. The cosmetologist also shared a graph explaining the effectiveness of different retinoids.
According to the graph, the least potent retinoids are retinol esters. Others in order of increasing potency are:
4. Retinoic Acid
Dr. Geetika also said that people might need a prescription for stronger formulations of these retinoids (eg, isotretinoin), while they can get the weaker formulations over-the-counter. “Talk to your doctor to see which one is right for you,” she added in the post.
Retinoids play a role in immunity and skin health. They provide multiple benefits such as reducing inflammation, unclogging pores, diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, and regulating cell growth on the skin’s surface.
Along with the benefits, retinoids can also have side effects. They can cause skin irritation, especially in people with skin allergies, dry skin, or sensitive skin. A disturbing side effect of retinoids causes birth defects. Those who are pregnant or intend to become pregnant soon should not take retinoids by mouth. Experts advise 3 months to 2 years apart depending on the type of retinoid used. A person should also not donate blood while taking oral retinoids.
For usage guidelines, read the instructions on the package or talk to your doctor. Preferably use the retinoid in the evening to avoid sun exposure.
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