Retinol is one of the skin medications that’s most commonly prescribed by dermatologists. It’s actually a form of vitamin A. When applied to the skin, it regulates the behavior of skin cells in several ways. It can improve collagen production, resulting in firmer, smoother skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. It can also reduce inflammation and encourage the shedding of dead skin cells, resulting in fewer breakouts.
This is a powerful medication, and when it’s first used, it can sometimes cause irritation. That’s why it’s recommended that you begin using a lower concentration of retinol, and gradually increase it as needed. The 0.5% retinol formulation is a little gentler, while the 1% is a stronger choice for those who need a little more power to get their skin smooth and glowing. To soothe the skin, a moisturizer (such as Ceramide Treatment) can be helpful.