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Retinol Skin Care
Vitamin A: Tretinoin, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate

Simply a "Must Have" as part of any skin rejuvenation routine!

Tretinoin, (Retinoic acid- Retin A / Renova) is a form of Vitamin A that is clinically proven to have significantly effective results in the treatment of a range of aging skin care issues.

Quick Tip:
Retinol products can be very irritating to aging skin.
If you have never used a retinol treatment before, start with a lower concentration like you'll find in the Afirm product line so your skin can build-up a tolerance.
Results from retinol or the vitamin A derivatives include:
  • Reduction of both wrinkles and fine lines
  • Increases collagen production
  • Smooths skin texture
  • Increases skin thickness
  • Improves elasticity
  • Diminishes acne
  • Improves overall skin tone
  • Diminishes mottled pigmentation
  • Increases skin hydration
  • Stimulates skin repair
  • Decreases enlarged pores

Retinol is also an exfoliant that is often prescribed as an effective acne treatment.

Be warned though. . .

Tretinoin is the strongest of the Vitamin A's and can potentially be very irritating to the skin.

Effective treatments require a concentration of .3% to .6%.
As with tretinoin, this form of Vitamin A can cause skin irritation so follow application directions carefully.

Retinol, another form of vitamin A, has also been clinically proven to have similar yet slightly less significant effects as tretinoin. However, unlike tretinoin, it is available without a prescription.


SkinCeauticals Retinol is formulated at 1.0% concentration
and considered to be the strongest available retinol treatment that you can purchase over-the-counter.

Quick Tip: (Yet Again.)
Be very careful!
Follow the directions very, very closely or you will without a doubt have severely irritated skin. (I only use this strength of retinol to spot treat the worst of my age spots.)


When retinol is used in combination with hydroquinone, age spots will eventually start to flake right off!   But it is an extraordinarily STRONG treatment when used together so only do so for a very short period of time!

Preliminary research indicates that Retinyl Palmitate, another Vitamin A derivative, has demonstrated promising results that indicate similar rejuvenation effects to that of tretinoin without the skin irritating side effects.  Retinyl Palmitate is a great vitamin A skin treatment alternative for sensitive skin types.


Retinyl Palmitate is generally non-irritating and is considered a milder and viable alternative to tretinoin.

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