How Retinol Can Transform Your Skin


*Sponsored article by Dermaquest*

While retinol (vitamin A) is a well known therapy within medical skin care, it can be daunting for patients and even practitioners to know how to use or prescribe it, due to the possible complications that may occur with this vitamin. However, thanks to companies like Dermaquest, the choice of the correct retinol treatment or product has become a relatively simple process with predictable, safe and significant results, writes Dr Alistair McAlpine. 

First off, the question which needs to be answered, is why use a retinol?

The benefits of retinol treatments are numerous, and include:

  • The reduction of fine lines and wrinkles due to renewed collagen production.
  • Treatment of acne as retinol regulates an oily skin and prevents the clogging of pores.
  • Brightening of a dull skin
  • Fading of dark spots and evening out the complexion of the skin.

The next question which needs to be answered is, which retinol product to use?

Now, this can be quite the conundrum, as the broad term of retinol can really confuse both the doctor and the patient. Fortunately, The retinol range from Dermaquest really comes into its own here, as it makes the use of a retinol based product easy, safe and predictable.

The 4 product variations offered by Dermaquest include the following: 

1. Retinaldehyde Renewal Cream

This product gives you all the benefits of retinol without out any of the irritation. It gently exfoliates and refines skin tone and texture, whilst reducing inflammation and brightening unwanted pigmentation.

It is also an effective alternative to retinol without the undesirable irritation. Retinaldehyde is ideal for delicate, sensitive and acne-prone skin, and is specially formulated to refine, exfoliate and brighten one’s sensitive complextion.

2. Retexture Serum [1% Retinol]

Retexture serum utilises 1% retinol to thoroughly exfoliate and refine skin texture. It visibly reduces the signs of fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores and inhibits discoloration, all the while promoting a more youthful appearance. The Retexture Serum is an exfoliating serum that will completely hydrate, brighten and renew the skin, and is safe for most skin types.

3. Retinol Brightening Serum [2% Retinol]

Retinol Brightening Serum consists of 2% retinol and provides intense exfoliation, thereby resulting in a smoother, more even skin tone. This serum uses a state-of-the-art delivery system which transports active ingredients into the deeper layers of the skin, ultimately leading to a marked visible change in one’s complexion, skin health and appearance. The serum also refines and rejuvenates by offering a significant exfoliation, strengthening the deeper structures of the skin, along with improved hydration and the lifting of dark spots and discolouration.

4. Retinol Peptide Youth Serum [2% Retinol]

Retinol Peptide Youth Serum uses a powerful blend of rejuvenating peptides and 2% retinol to firm and tone the skin for a younger appearance. With peptides that promote the production of collagen and elastin, the elasticity of the skin is improved, leading to fewer fine lines and wrinkles. Consistent use will soften and smooth the skin to give it a youthful and more radiant glow. This serum also works to improve skin cell production of collagen and tone, resurface, tighten, soften, and brighten your complexion.

Take home message

The use of retinol in a skincare regimen is vital to achieving phenomenal results, and thanks to the retinol product range from Dermaquest, the use of retinol has now become simple, safe and effective.

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Written by Dr Alistair McAlpine

Dr Alistair McAlpine – MBBCh (Wits), BDS (Wits) – is a dual-qualified medical doctor and dentist, and now head of medical aesthetics at Lightsculpt Aesthetic Clinic. He completed both his BDS and MBBCh at the University of the Witwatersrand – and his special interest includes the relationship between odonto-stomatological (dental) aesthetics and facial aesthetics, as well as the facial anatomical changes that occur with ageing.

A2 Disclaimer: This article is published for information purposes only, nor should it be regarded as a replacement for sound medical advice. 

Issue 32 – December 2019 (Summer)

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