What is Retinol?
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A which promotes exfoliation and collagen production and inhibits pigment. This boosts the skin’s elasticity and removes dead skin cells, revealing a smoother and brighter complexion. Retinol is a powerful skin care ingredient, so first-time users of SkinMedica® Retinol Complex are encouraged to start by implementing the cream into their regimen by applying at night once a week, gradually increasing frequency every three weeks as tolerated. It’s common to experience mild redness and flaking or peeling when starting retinol products, this should be mild and last only a few weeks. If you are too dry or irritated, you should decrease the frequency of application. For reference, some patients can only use a retinol 2x per week and others can use it daily if they have more oily skin at baseline.
Janiga MDs offers a wide range of products from SkinMedica®, a professional skincare line which can heal and enhance your skin’s tone and texture through routine, at-home use. By using high-quality skin care products, you can enhance and retain the results you achieve from professional services from our medical spa.
SkinMedica® Retinol Complex features highly effective ingredients that can treat and prevent signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores, and dark spots. The product contains 0.5% retinol as well as antioxidants.
Who Should Use Retinol?
While the primary benefits of retinol products are combatting signs of aging, some dermatologists recommend starting the use of products such as SkinMedica® Retinol Complex in your 20s in order to prevent and delay signs of aging from appearing. Dr. Janiga will tell her patients that “every dermatologist she knows that is not pregnant or nursing uses a retinol as often as their skin tolerates”.
Those with more sensitive skin and conditions such as rosacea and eczema may not tolerate retinol and find that the product irritates their skin too much to use. Dr. Jennifer Janiga or Darci Page, NP-C will help advise whether SkinMedica® Retinol Complex is a suitable product for your skin care routine.
Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about SkinMedica® Retinol, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jennifer Janiga or Darci Page, NP-C. You may call our Reno, Nevada office or request your appointment online.