Retinoids are probably the single most effective skincare product you could have in your arsenal simply because they are proven to work with around 30+ years worth of exhaustive research. While retinoids are amazing there are a vast amount of myths around this wonder product and i thought i would take 5 of these myths and break them down for you!
This is probably one of the biggest myths that simply isn’t true. There are different types and strengths of retinoids, from something as weak as Retinyl Palmitate which has skin smoothing properties as it works mainly on the surface of the skin. In the middle we have what would be commonly known as “Retinol” are the over-the-counter versions like Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate. Finally on the far end we have things like Adapalene and Tretinoin which are prescription strength retinoids that. are often used in the treatment of acne .
If you want to learn more about retinoids i did a post you can find here
This myth i feel like is a misunderstanding more than anything. The reason you are told to apply retinol during the night and not during the day isn’t because its going to cause sun sensitivity and burn you, its because retinoids break down when exposed to sunlight this is why they are packaged in opaque or tinted glass. If you were to use retinol during the day it would just break down on your skin and you wouldn’t get any results from it you’d essentially be wasting your money.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but you probably won’t see any real results until about 3-6 months of using retinoids continuously. It takes time for retinoids to work as they are physically changing the biology of your skin.
This again is a massive myth! Even those with sensitive skin can use a retinoid, its all about starting at the right level. If you were to suddenly blitz your skin with a prescription strength retinoid then sure you would have sensitivities but so would everyone!
I always like to say when using retinoids for the first time it should be about working “low and slow” start with something over the counter and build up from there. Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate is a great place to start, you can find this in The Ordinary Granactive 5% Retinoid, Sunday Riley Luna and Pestle and Mortar Superstar.
This is the myth that annoys me the most, to be honest! The number of people that go on about how using glycolic acid and retinol will deactivate the retinol is just pure bullshit!
While you should consider your skin when using these two products together as they are both strong in their rights. I have never had trouble applying them together, and if I’m honest, I feel like over the counter retinol works better when you use an AHA to exfoliate beforehand as it can penetrate better. The only time I would say to be careful using an AHA is when using prescription strength, I couldn’t use them together as it irritated my skin, but that was just my experience.
What retinoid myth annoys you the most?
Did you believe any of these myths?
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