Is Retinol Good For Acne?

You may have come across a variety of skincare products that contain Retinol. Perhaps you may have even tried Retinol, but are not entirely sure if Retinol is safe to use on acne/ blemish prone skin.

It’s true that prescription retinoids were originally developed in the 70’s for treating acne. Dermatologists later discovered Retinols could also help with ageing. Along with it’s anti-ageing properties, retinol is a viable option for helping acne prone skin and visibly reducing the appearance of scars left behind.

What is Retinol?

Retinol belongs to a group known as retinoids, which derive from Vitamin A. Vitamin A is an essential vitamin that plays an important role in immunity, eye health and skin health. It help the skin maintain itself by stimulating the production of proteins collagen and elastin. It is typically a topical product, meaning that it is available as a cream, gel, serum that can be applied directly onto the skin.

How does Retinol relate to acne treatment?

Acne is the result of over production of sebum that traps dead skin cells in your pores. Bacteria can then mix with the blockage, leading to bumps, painful swelling and overall irritation known as acne, Retinols pore clearing and sebum regulating abilities may help reduce the number of breakouts, swelling and enable the skin to repair itself.

How can Retinol benefit your skin?

  • Helps unblock pores- The exfoliating properties in retinol come from its ability to encourage cell turnover of old cells and replace them with new ones. This helps remove dry skin and oil that can clog pores and lead to acne and blackheads. Retinol has unique antibacterial action on the skin.
  • Retinol can fight the signs of ageing- Retinol works to help the skin increase collagen and promotes elasticity, smoothing out those wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Improves the texture and tone of the skin- Retinol stimulates cell turnover, exfoliating away dull, dry skin and exposing new brighter, more even toned skin and better overall texture.
  • Reduction in Pigmentation- Retinol works by calming down the skin cells that produce melanin, a dark pigment. These cells are responsible for skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation and melasma, which causes discolouration of the skin. 
  • Regulates oil production

How should you use Retinol products?

Starting slow and phase in when you’re new to using retinol. Use twice a week for the first 2 weeks, every other night for the next 2 weeks, then every night.  Never use more than one retinol product in any particular day or night regimen. Retinol is best used at night. In the morning, apply sunscreen at the end of your skincare routine as skin may be more sensitive to the sun. 

Get a Professional Chemical Peel to Boost Results

Once you’ve been on your retinol for two months, it’s time to kick it up a notch. Introduce your skin to a chemical peel, this will intensify your skin’s collagen activity to encourage faster results. Retinol and chemical peels support one another to achieve smoother, more even-toned skin.

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