Why Your Skin Needs Retinol as Your Skin Ages


Why Your Skin Needs Retinol as Your Skin Ages

hands-walking-stick-elderly-old-personYour skin starts to lose its natural ability to renew itself as you age. This process causes fine lines, wrinkles and dull looking skin. In today’s skin care market there are many anti-aging products available to help your skin to look smoother and feel younger. One of the most well-known treatments in anti-aging products is retinol.


A form of vitamin A, Retinol helps to stop dead cells from building up in your skin’s pores and follicles, creates faster cell rejuvenation, and promotes new collagen growth. This gives your skin a smoother, younger appearance and texture. Side-effects of retinol products are generally mild but may include redness, dryness, irritation, skin peeling, and create sun-sensitivity in your skin.


Collagen is one of the main parts of your skin and is a protein. Anti-aging treatments with retinol support collagen renewal to give your skin a healthier, and younger looking appearance. Medical News Today states, “Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is the substance that holds the whole body together. It is found in the bones, muscles, skin and tendons, where it forms a scaffold to provide strength and structure.” The word collagen is derivative from the Greek word “Koll” which means glue.


Retinol is a skin care product that has had extensive studies done on it. In all the anti-aging merchandise available today, retinol has the greatest amount of scientific research supporting its use. It’s proven to be an effective, and safe therapy for various skin problems. The most recognized function of retinol is its anti-aging properties.


The first retinol products used, called tretinoin, tended to be very irritating. Current formulations are deemed safe and effective for long term utilization, including for sensitive skin. Therapeutic use of retinol has been found effective for improving the health of skin that has fine lines, sun damage, wrinkles, dullness, uneven pigmentation, melasma, and roughness. Retinol is also therapeutically used as a treatment for acne.


Retinol products and treatments are available in either prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) strengths. OTC retinol products are weaker than prescription products. To ensure you are purchasing the finest in an OTC product make sure vitamin A is listed as one of the top five ingredients, and that the product is packaged in an air-tight opaque bottle. Make sure you check any expiration date to ensure you are purchasing the newest merchandise available. Some prescription strength products include Tretinoin -known as name brands Atralin, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, and Renova; Tazarotene -known as the brand name Tazorac; and Adapalene -known as the brand name Differin.


Retinol can be applied both day and night. With your nighttime application, use with an anti-oxidant therapy. For your daytime application use with a sunscreen for the best defense against sun damage. Premier retinol merchandise can be purchased at most cosmetic and skin care facilities, including Orlando Skin Solutions, the finest skin care services available. Orlando Skin Solutions recommends Avene’s Retinol System for your anti-aging skin care therapy. This includes the Retrinal 0.1, Retrinal Eyes, and Retrinal HAF Firming Gel.



  1. Orlando Skin Solutions. “Anti-aging Skin Care: Why Do I Need Retinol?”

14 June 2016



  1. Medical News Today. “What is Collagen? What Does Collagen Do?”

14 June 2016