I’m pretty sure that it is not the first time you’re reading something about retinol!
When one talks about skin care inevitable the word “retinol” comes up. But is Retinol as good as everyone says?
Jennifer Goldstein from prevention.com reports about it on a recent article:
Retinol, retinol, retinol. It’s all dermatologists talk about; it’s all I read about; sometimes I feel like it’s all I write about. Well, to be clear, I’m actually referring to retinoids, an entire class of compounds chemically related to vitamin A that includes the subcategory of retinol. But my point is the same: If you want to look younger, everyone suggests retinoids as a fix.
Last week, however, I listened in on a very frank discussion between two top dermatologists, and one of them actually brought up a downside of using retinoids, one I’ve recently become aware of myself: Some docs think retinoids can actually contribute to the appearance of telangiectasias (the dilated superficial blood vessels that look like squiggly red lines on your face). I haven’t been able to find proof of this in any clinical studies, but I can say from experience that I never had telangiectasias until I started using a retinoid.
That’s why I’m intrigued by a new line of anti-aging products from laser specialist and dermatologist Eric Bernstein, MD. Instead of creating products with the industry standard retinol, which many women actually find to be irritating, Dr. Bernstein packed his LaseResults line with citric acid (an AHA that’s also an antioxidant), resveratrol (another antioxidant), and peptides that help repair skin damage.
“I didn’t use retinol because I think the AHAs work better, much better—and the clinicals bear this out in my opinion,” Dr. Bernstein says. For example, in a blind clinical study, after only two weeks of using the LaseResults PM Focused Repair Lotion, 100% of subjects showed improvement in skin firmness and 71% showed improvement in skin tone. After 4 weeks of use, 100% of subjects showed a reduction in pore size, 87% showed improvement in skin clarity, and 86% showed improvement of fine lines and wrinkles. From that evidence, it seems like LaseResults may just give retinol a run for its money!
Post to let me know if you use a retinoid or product with retinol and whether or not it works for you … have you experienced any side effects like I have?
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