Rise of the Retinols

Among the most popular questions asked of any dermatologist is, “Will this work for my skin?” The key word in that question being, my. Skincare needs are customized to specific skin types whether acne-prone, sensitive, dry, mature, etc. your skin is yours and therefore a one size fits all concept rarely applies when choosing the right skincare products

Now imagine a miracle ingredient existed that could clear acne blemishes, reduce the appearance of fine lines, unclog pores, and even your overall skin tone. This particular ingredient relishes a challenge. It won’t rest after defeating one skin concern, but rather several! Must be the next front-line creation in skincare, yes? Actually, no. Retinol was discovered decades ago and has since undergone developments to ensure its efficacy on ALL skin types.

So why now, years after its introduction, is Retinol suddenly gaining popularity? Tretinoin, the most common retinoid prescription, contains a much more potent formula than the over-the-counter derivative, RetinOL. To a person struggling with acne, Retin-A appears more desirable for its fast-acting effects. However when using Retin-A, patients often experience dryness, irritation, peeling, and redness at the site(s) of application . In fact, the lowest concentration of tretinoin is up to twenty times stronger than FDA regulations for OTC distribution. These side-effects to Retin-A discourage patients from using the drug regularly and thus, results are not achieved.

Available at Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, a more cosmetically elegant formula than Retin-A yields the same skin health benefits. Consider our distinct Retinol complexyour “little black dress” of skincare. This product is a MUST-HAVE staple for anyone who struggles with their skin or is simply over the age of twenty-five.

One of the more costly mistakes consumers make regarding Retinol is improper usage. Only a pea-size amount for the entire face or affected area is needed. Our Retinol complex will last you 90 plus days when used correctly. This is a night time treatment only and should be applied 2-3 times per week until your skin has acclimated to its strength. Patients who observe side-effects to Retinol are likely using too much and too often. Talk with our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Greene of Advanced Dermatology, for further instruction on Retinol usage or schedule an appointment today. Contact our clinic at 206-402-4797 between 8 am and 5 pm or email [email protected] and we will happily accommodate your skincare needs.

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