What is retinol?
Retinol is the beauty industry’s favorite solution to all skin problems. It is a synthetic vitamin A derivative that is known for quick-fixing acne. Retinol unclogs pores and reduces outbreaks by removing dead cells. It also helps in fading out the scars.
But, is it really the miracle remedy it’s made out to be?
Let’s take a deep-dive into what long-term use of retinol could mean for your skin.
Retinol is a popular ingredient used in anti-aging creams to smoothen fine lines and wrinkles. But this synthetic vitamin A derivative was used as an effective treatment for acne even before it’s anti-aging properties were discovered. It’s sold both as a prescriptive drug and an over-the-counter topical cream.
When retinol is applied, the skin cells convert it to retinoic acid which sloughs off dead cells. This unclogs the skin’s pores, allowing other medications to work through. They also reduce the skin’s oil production and alleviate inflammation, both of which prevent further breakouts.
Sounds perfect? Not quite.
While retinol is known as a wonder cure since it works fast, the long term side effects can have an adverse effect on skin health, and in severe cases, even physical health.
By dissolving dead skin layers, it leaves the skin exposed to environmental damage. Side-effects are peeling, redness, scaling, and hyperpigmentation. These symptoms are often clubbed under a condition called ‘retinoid dermatitis’.
If the side-effects are severe, they can cause swelling, hives, and even breathing difficulties.
The most common side effect (retinoid dermatitis) of retinol that starts to show soon after application is a burning sensation. This gives way to peeling, redness, scaling, and discoloration.
When retinol is first applied for acne treatment, it flares up immediately. Although in most cases it subsides within two to four weeks of use, in some cases, it doesn’t. This can leave you with even worse breakouts than you already had.
Retinol increases sensitivity to ultraviolet rays which causes severe sunburn. Sunburn leaves the skin exposed to other skin concerns like wrinkles, dryness, hyperpigmentation, and in extreme cases, skin cancer.
By peeling the top layer of the skin and reducing oil production, retinol adversely affects the skin’s protective lipid barrier (outermost layer). It leaves the skin exposed to free radicals in the environment, like light, pollution, smoke, etc. The skin loses it’s natural ability to stay moist and healthy.
Some forms of retinoic acid are known to trigger miscarriage and cause severe birth defects in fetuses when used by pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.
A lot of skincare products use salicylic acid, which reacts with retinol, causing allergies. If you see a rash developing, you should get medical attention before it aggravates further.
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