The Need for Retinol As Your Skin Ages

With aging your skin starts to lose its natural ability to regenerate itself. Lack of regeneration can cause fine lines, wrinkles and a dullness to the skin. There are many anti-aging products on the market today that will help your skin regain its youthful look. One of the most widely used anti-aging treatments is retinol.


Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A. It helps to keep dead cells from building up in your skin’s pores and follicles, makes your cells reproduce faster, and helps your collagen to regrow. This furnishes your skin with a smoother, more youthful look and feel. Side-effects of retinol products are usually not a problem but can include redness, dryness, irritation, skin peeling, and sun-sensitivity in your skin.


Collagen is one of the main components in your skin. It is considered a protein. Anti-aging therapies with retinol help collagen to regrow which give your skin a healthier, and younger looking appearance. Medical News Today explains, “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 comes from the Greek word “Koll” which means glue.


Retinol as a skin care treatment has had widespread studies on its use. Among anti-aging products available, retinol has had the most scientific investigations regarding its use. Retinol has been recognized as a safe and effective treatment for numerous skin conditions. One of the most widely used treatments with retinol is anti-aging skin care.


Original products with retinol, called tretinoin, were very irritating to the skin. Today’s formulas are considered safe and effective for extended use, including use on sensitive skin. Retinol has been used for the effective improvement of skin conditions such as fine lines, sun damage, wrinkles, dullness, uneven pigmentation, melisma, and roughness. Retinol is also used as an effective therapy for acne.


Retinol products are obtainable either as a prescription or over-the-counter (OTC). OTC retinol products are not as strong as prescription strengths. To guarantee you are buying the best in an OTC product look for vitamin A listed as one of the first five ingredients, and that the lotion is packaged in an air-tight opaque container. Check for an expiration date to guarantee you are buying a fresh product. Some of the prescription strength levels of Retinol include Tretinoin -name brands Atralin, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, and Renova; Tazarotene –name brand Tazorac; and Adapalene-name brand Differin.


You can apply Retinol both day and night. In conjunction with your nighttime application, use with an anti-oxidant. With your daytime application use with a sunscreen for the best protection against sun damage. High quality retinol treatments can be bought through most cosmetic and skin care specialists, including Orlando Skin Solutions, a premier skin care services provider. Orlando Skin Solutions advises the use of Avene’s Retinol System for your anti-aging skin care treatment. 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