I was very lucky to study under Dr.Fulton a famous dermatologist in Florida. He was a co-Retindeveloper of the first Retinol or Retin-A. He was looking for something to help clear non-inflamed acne. As he began to use it, he realized it was amazing at reducing fine lines and wrinkles because it stimulated collagen in the skin. WOW. What an amazing “accidental” find for aging skin. I have used it for years and can’t do without it. As I tell my clients, I would bath in it if I could. There are two forms of it and here are the differences.
Retinol or Retin-a is the gold standard for treating fine lines and wrinkles, and sometimes acne. The main difference is how they are formulated. Retinol is a natural derivative of vitamin A and can be found naturally in the body. It is usually either added to other ingredients such as emollients and humectants in order to create creams and serums that can be applied to the face.
Retin-A is not a natural form of vitamin A and is created synthetically by ingredient developers in skincare labs. Retin-A in the past was only able to be obtained if you had a prescription from your doctor. But now (also known as tretinoin) it is available for purchase over the counter. Products that contain Retinol are just about everywhere and are available for purchase without a prescription.
Which is right for you?
Both Retinol and Retin-A do the same thing. They by speed up your cellular turnover, which means that they both encourage dead and dying skin cells to slough away from the surface of your face more quickly, making new growth underneath to be revealed at a faster rate.
Not only are these good for the fight against wrinkles they can be great for some acneic skin.
Retin-A has the ability to consistently exfoliate dead skin cells from sticking together and clogging pores. Some find Retin-A to be a bit harsh. Both of these products are known to cause redness, dryness, peeling flaking and burning..yuck! If you time the use of it into your nightly routine, don’t happen and you will you will see beautiful results. Signs of fine lines and wrinkle will gradually improve. Another side effect is that your skin is more sensitive to the sun. You must protect your skin with daily use of SPF (seriously you should be using SPF daily even if you’re not on a retinoid). Now you know! Seriously, I have several strengths of this “Golden Lady” as Dr. Fulton called it. I have not had one client suffer any side effects of my Retinols. And, the best part of my products and 100% free of pore-clogging ingredients. Persciption Retinols and over the counter Retinols cannot say that. Also, most over the counter products have such a low amount of Retin-A, they are not even effective. These companies on put enough in their products to be allowed to say they have it.