Retinoids are classified as compounds with the basic core structure of Vitamin A and play a very important role in many skin conditions including Ageing. When applied topically the oxidised metabolites of Vitamin A will convert to Retinoic Acid which has an influence on cell function by altering gene expression patterns and have shown to be highly effective when use to treat skin conditions such as; acne, sun damage and psoriasis. Retinoids or Vitamin A have a normalising effect with these altered skin conditions although may take a small amount of time to adjust with some negatives associated. Some of these are:
irritation, redness, itchy and sensitivity.
These side effects are usually transient and once the skin adjusts the benefits far out weigh the negatives.
I have used Retinoids to treat many aggressive skin conditions and it is the gold standard when treating an acne or photo damaged skin.
When you think of Ageing, think of Vitamin A, as this is the secret to maintaining your skins cell turnover. Normally we see cell turnover slow as we age, so using a topical product containing a retinoid ingredient will help reverse the effects of slow cell differentiation.
I would love to know if you have had great results when using a product containing Vitamin A. Drop a comment and let me know what products are your favourite….