Using retinoids provides so many benefits for your skin. It can help to reverse the effects of aging, smooth out any skin texture, and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation or sun damage. Retinoids are a great addition to your skincare routine; however, there are many misconceptions about retinoids. Today we're going to debunk some of the most common retinoid myths!
"Retinoids exfoliate your skin"
Retinoids don't exfoliate your skin; instead, they penetrate your skin to the dermis layer and neutralize free radicals. When this occurs, it boosts elastin and collagen in the skin. However, many people think that retinoids exfoliate your skin because one of the side effects of using retinoids is similar to exfoliation. Retinoids' side effects include peeling, and redness, which can seem like retinoids are exfoliating your skin, but they are not.
"You can mix it with vitamin C"
You should not mix retinoids and vitamin C. However, you can use vitamin C during the day and use retinoids at night. But you do not want to use them at the same time. In addition to not mixing retinoids with vitamin C, you should also not use it with benzoyl peroxide and AHA/BHA acids. If you use retinoids with benzoyl peroxide, they will cancel each other out and not work correctly. And if you use AHA/BHA acids with retinoids, it could be too drying for your skin. Also, remember to use good sunscreen while using these active ingredients because they increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun.
"You need to wait 4-6 weeks to see results"
Most people believe that you need to wait 4-6 weeks to see results from retinoids. But the reality is that it might take longer than 4-6 weeks. It could take at least 12 weeks to see the full results of retinoids. So be patient and consistent when using retinoids, and the results will come.
"After six months, you won't see any more skin-smoothing benefits"
It's not true that retinoids will only provide excellent results for six months. Using retinoids will still offer you amazing results for at least 12 months. After using the same prescription for 12 months, it's best to move to a more potent perscription to see better results.
What are your thoughts on retinol? Do you use it, and what are your best tips?