Fact Or Fiction? Let’s Discuss Retinoid

Jun. 4
Retinoid is often termed as the holy grail ingredient of skincare products. Retinoid plays a key role in stimulating collagen which alters the behavior of the cells to give you a more youthful glow.
Retinoid specializes in treating acne, smoothing your skin, reduce wrinkles & evening out pigmentation. There's a lot of information out there and so are the rumors. Sometimes the things that we read aren’t true and we often believe the rumors very easily.
There is a lot of information floating around about retinoids. Thus, it's important to be aware of the product that you're using for your skin. Let’s bust some myths as you read the truth behind these claims about retinoids.
Myth: Retinoid is causing my skin to thin
This myth is not false but Retinoid is in no way harmful to your skin. Some people face skin peeling and assume Retinoid is the reason behind it. Many think that Retinoid products are what is causing their skin to shed but the truth is different. Dermatologist Devika Icecreamwala, M.D. said, Retinoid plays a crucial role in stimulating collagen production. This process helps in making your skin thicker instead of thinning. The product exfoliates the dead skin cells getting collected on the base layer of skin and accelerates the production of healthier skin cells.
When you use Retinoid, the top layer of your skin dries up due to the loss of water, which makes your skin shed. Hence, it is advised to keep your skin moisturized after using Retinoid.
Myth: Retinoid causes sun sensitivity
This is a popular assumption held by many that the use of Retinoid makes their skin more sensitive to the sun. This is not true. Studies have shown that when you go out in the sun after using Retinoid, its effect diminishes. The formula of the product breaks down under the sun, which makes it lose its strength and make it less effective than before.
Thus, to preserve the quality of the product, Retinoid is packaged in closed opaque containers and metal tubes. This is also one of the reasons why it’s recommended for nighttime usage. Research also shows that Retinoid doesn't cause or increase sunburn, but it's still best to avoid wearing it out in the sun.
Myth: Results will be visible in a span of 4 weeks
As much as we wish this was true but sadly, it isn’t. Gary Fisher, Professor of Dermatology, University of Michigan Medical School, explains that retinoids take far more time to show results. You shouldn't expect overnight results from the product.
This ingredient works by impacting the biology of your skin. Thus, it can take up to six months or more for full results to be visible on your skin. You may also feel that the product isn't working when you cannot see any dramatic changes. But don't give in to the temptation of abandoning a product in case you don't develop a beautiful glow after one use. Retinol works best when used consistently for a prolonged period of time.
Myth: It will work only if you use it daily.
Sometimes we’re not able to invest as much time as we intend to in our skincare routines. The results of Retinoid depend more upon the properties and the quality of the product. If the product is on the stronger side you'll see quicker results on your skin.
Myth: More Product = Better Results
Absolutely not! If you use too much or too little of something it may not help your skin at all. Thus, for the best results use the recommended amount—a pea-sized drop on your entire face. Using excessive products might cause you problems like skin peeling, irritation, and dryness.
Myth: Stronger the product the better the results
It is often believed that a higher percentage of Retinoid in products provides better results as compared to products with lower percentages.  This is wrong because jumping straight to the strongest formula may not sit well with your skin. This can increase your risk of facing side effects. It is crucial to allow your skin to gradually build tolerance for better results, says Jonathan Weiss, an Atlanta-based dermatologist. The nature of skin differs from person to person and what may suit one may not suit others. Thus, consulting a doctor before deciding what’s best for your skin will prove to be a smarter decision.
Myth: Don’t apply retinoids near the eye area
The common assumption is that the harshness of retinoids will harm the skin near your eyes. This is not true at all.
Eyes are the most common part of the face where wrinkles start to appear. Retinoid can help smoothen out your skin. If you have sensitive skin near your eyes, you can layer it with eye cream or serum first.
Myth: Retinoid isn’t for sensitive skin.
Retinoid is poorly reputed as a harsh ingredient. Yes, it’s a strong product but people with sensitive skin can find the retinoid that matches their skin with a slight adjustment.
Use it cautiously once or twice a week, initially. Skin specialists recommend to layer it on top of your go-to moisturizer or to merge it with your favorite lotion.
To use, or not to use Retinoid?
If you want to bid adieu to the signs of ageing, then go for it. If you’re in your mid-twenties or early thirties, then this isn’t too bad a time to start using it, since the body starts holding back on collagen production during this time of life.
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