I’m Using Retinol and Peeling like a Lizard. Is this Normal?

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I’m Using Retinol and Peeling like a Lizard. Is this Normal?

When entering the skincare field, the first thing I wanted to do was improve my skincare regimen. My primary focus was to incorporate medical grade products to maintain healthy, strong skin with anti-aging properties. Retinol was the answer.

After one application of Retinol (ZO Retamax); the skin on my face peeled for 4 days. Normal? YES, although this varies depending on your skin. Sometimes the peeling occurs after more than one application. This is exactly what one should see-the exfoliation of dead skin and the pink new skin coming to the surface. Now after using Retinol consistently, my skin has built a tolerance and although does not have the extreme peeling side effects, the product is still working at the same efficacy. My skin looks and feels healthier…

Here are the most commonly asked questions I receive from patients regarding Retinol:

The Nuts and Bolts of Retinol

Is Peeling Normal? Does it stop?

  • The answer to both of these is yes. As the skin builds a tolerance to Retinol, the peeling and dryness will stop but the product remains equally as effective. 

Is it safe to use?

  • YES. This product is the gold standard for acne treatment and the best product available for anti-aging purposes. Retinol should not be used if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

What are the benefits?

  • Reverses signs of aging
  • Prevents further skin damage
  • Triggers natural formation of collagen to reduce pore size and improve texture

We have been carrying medical grade Retinols since opening our doors at LuminaSkin over 7 years ago. We carry a variety of Retinol and Vitamin A products including:

  • Retinol by SkinCeuticals
  • Retamax by ZO Medical Obagi
  • Retin-A 0.1%
  • Refissa .05%

Call us today to find out the best Retinol product for you from one of our skincare experts!

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