What are Retinoids?

30 Sep 2021 Skin Care

Retinoids are a group of compounds derived from vitamin A that are available in over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription strength. They offer several possible benefits that make them a great choice for treating acne, reducing inflammation, and treating hyperpigmentation. As a leading provider of skin care solutions, the team at Bottle Service Beauty knows what retinoids are and how they can be effectively used for a variety of purposes. That is why they have provided some information on their benefits and typical uses to help you determine if they are the right choice for your skin care needs.

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Benefits of Retinoids

The benefits of retinoids include but are not limited to:

  • Reducing inflammation.
  • Increasing production of procollagen.
  • Unclogging blocked pores.
  • Slowing skin aging.

Typical Uses

Retinoids have a wide range of uses in cosmetics and dermatology treatments. Typical uses include:

Treating Hyperpigmentation

Topical retinoids work by increasing the rate of cell turnover and helping to fade dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation. The only potential obstacle with these treatments is that you can’t always get them without a prescription. Prescription retinoids are more potent than retinol and are more likely to effectively address the effects of hyperpigmentation; however, a prescription retinoid’s strength can be more likely to cause side effects. Be sure to take proper precautions in your skin care routine and limit exposure to the sun wherever possible.

Acne Treatment

If you have moderate to severe acne that has not been alleviated with other treatments, a retinoid may help. When spread on the skin, retinoids can unclog pores and enhance the effectiveness of other medicated creams and gels. Retinoids can also reduce acne outbreaks by preventing dead cells from clogging pores. By clearing acne and reducing outbreaks, they may also reduce the formation of acne scars and help reduce the appearance of existing scars.

Relieving Inflammation

Retinoids are a common treatment option for psoriasis as they can reduce inflammation and limit high rates of skin cell proliferation to help alleviate symptoms. Retinoids can also provide relief for pseudofolliculitis barbae, an inflammatory condition that can typically occur after hair removal.

Wrinkle Reduction

Prescription retinoids work by increasing the production of new collagen, helping to promote skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. They also stimulate new blood vessels in the skin, providing a rosy appearance and fading age spots.

To learn more about the benefits of retinoids or to inquire about our skin care solutions, get in touch with the experts at Bottle Service Beauty. They can be reached through their online contact form and will be happy to help you find the perfect products for your skin goals.