Now I am sure in your skin travels you have heard about Retinol/Tretinoin in one form or another. That it is a form of Vitamin A, and that its basically the gold standard ingredient in anti-aging skin care, retinol is a superstar that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, large pores, sun damage, dull skin, and blemishes.
So how does Vitamin A Products work?
Retinol, retinoids and retin-A, all work the same way but turning into what the skin is actually doing is converting it to retinoic acid. Retinoic acid is an extremely effective cell-communicating ingredient that has the ability to connect to almost any skin cell receptor site and tell it to behave like a healthy, younger skin cell. It also functions like an antioxidant that can interrupt the free-radical damage process that causes wrinkling and other signs of aging.
So what is the difference between Tretinoin and Retinol?
Now you might be thinking that they are both the same thing so why does it matter? Well yes technically they are both a form of vitamin A. Both speed up skin cell turnover, fades pigmentation, shrinks pores, rebuilds collagen and elastin and retexturizes the surface of the skin. But the major difference between the two that Retin-a (or Tretinoin) is a pure form or retinoic acid, so With Retin-a, the skin-improving benefits will happen faster than with retinol, but the side effects of redness, burning, itching and peeling, will usually be greater, also you can only get Tretinoin or Retin-A with a doctors prescription. So retinol basically works as a much weaker, better-tolerated version of tretinoin. Retinol is stored in the skin and then converted to retinoic acid.
So which one should you go with?
So now that you know a little bit more about the two, hopefully you have a little bit of a better idea of what is going got work for your skin. For my clients that wish to work on aging or acne I always recommend Arrow Skincare and Cosmetics Retinol Booster, as it is a stable form of retinol and gives your skin the glow you want, as well as introducing additional vitamins and anti oxidants to the skin!