The 3 Retinoids we care about in skin care =
Retinoic Acid, Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate…
1. Retinoic Acid
Retinoic Acid is the active form of Vitamin A , the one that has a direct biological effect on skin (this is the form that makes all the difference!)
It is a very effective acne treatment, but because of its strength and direct action, it can cause severe dryness and irritation.
Fortunately the following forms of Vitamin A for skin exist so we can get the same benefits with less side effects and no prescription:
Retinol is one step back from Retinoic Acid.
When Retinol is applied to skin it transforms into Retinoid Acid and your skin only transforms what it needs!
Retinol applied to skin >>> transforms into Retinoic Acid
One down side of Retinol, it is notoriously unstable.
That’s why Retinol products can vary so greatly in their effectiveness.. .
Retinol is the best form of vitamin A for skin in an over the counter product because it is the strongest.
But it can still be too irritating for some people. So the next form is the least strong…
3. Retinyl Palmitate
Retinyl Palmitate is one step back from Retinol.
This makes it even less irritating, and also more stable. .
Do you use Retinol on your skin already? Why do you need to know? It's important you know what you are applying your skin and what to expect.... How was your day?