Welcome to Skincare Nerds. In this episode, I'll be taking you through the details of Vitamin A, what different forms it has (Acetate, Retinol, Retinoic Acid) and their strengths, what you need to be careful of, what are the best products for beginners and how long until you can start seeing results. Vitamin A (commonly known as Retinol) is an anti-aging ingredient also used to treat acne, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.
If you have sensitive skin that doesn't tolerate retinol well, you can try this gentler, ester form of Vitamin A (also known as retinyl palmitate and retinyl acetate). It will target roughness, pigmentation and fine lines without irritating sensitive skin types.
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This gentler retinol is designed for all skin types (including those with sensitive skin!) with a patented ingredient called InflaShield that reduces irritation. It also contains niacinamide which protects the skin's barrier.
This formula contains the highest strength pure retinol for use as a powerful anti-ageing serum and for reducing acne breakouts. You can also try Skinceuticals lower strength retinols (0.3% and 0.5%) before working up to the 1% forumlation.
If you've been using Vitamin A for a while and are looking to take it to the next level, then look no further than Medik8's Crystal Retinal range. Retinal is the closest Vitamin A molecule to Retinoic Acid and works 11x faster than classic forms of retinol. You can also try Retinal 3 (medium strength) or Retinal 6 (high strength) before upgrading to the 10.