Vitamin A (Retinoid) in skin creams has the most clinically studied and effective anti-ageing effects of all the Vitamins. In its strongest form it can be use to treat acne.
In the skin, Retinoids:
It comes in 3 forms.
1. Retinol - which is its weakest form as it needs to convert twice into the active form (Retinoic Acid). It is advised when the skin has:
and when your concerns are:
The Milecross Clinic supplies Retinol .5% within its Obagi360 kit and the Obagi Men's Leather Kit.
We Supply Retinol 1% separately, in Obagi Cracker 1 and within Obagi Men's Steel Kit.
2. Retinaldehyde - which is its intermediate strength form and only needs to be converted once into its active form (Retinoic acid). It is 20 times more potent than retinol but does not need to be prescribed. It helps to:
The Milecross Clinic supplies Retinaldehyde in Suzan Obagi Retivance Skin Rejuvenating Complex.
3. Retinoic Acid - which is its active form and the strongest version.
It is only available by prescription and therefore your Milecross Practitioner would need to be consulting and assessing you for use of this product (3 strengths of Tretinoin).
Epionce also has Vitamin A amongst other Vitamins its Intense Defence Serum.
Retinoids can taketime to be tolerated by the skin and The Milecross Clinic recommends using the Retinoid ladder system.
Start with the weakest most tolerable version of Retinoid (Retinol 0.5%) and work up to the Retinoid level most appropriate for your skin's needs.
Retinoids are only applied PM because the skin's cycle will utilise Retinoic Acid best overnight and also because sunlight can make skin more sensitive with a Retinoid applied to it.
It is essential that if you are using a Retinoid that you must always use a daily SPF.
Retinoids are always applied after other active products and before moisturiser.