The truth about Retinols and Retinoic Acid
Retinol (vitamin A) is part of the retinoid family. The prescription form is retinoic acid. The over-the-counter form is called retinol. Biochemically they do the same thing. Other derivatives of vitamin A are retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, and retinyl linoleate. The only difference is that it may take longer for the derivatives to work.
Retinols work by affecting gene expression in the nucleus of skin cells, encouraging the normalization of the cell turnover process, and causing collagen production. It will take on average 12 weeks for the retinoid to produce noticeable changes, smoothing the skin and evening out of pigmentation.
Retinol use is essential for encouraging a healthy complexion. Healthy skin cells are brought to the surface resulting in brighter, smoother skin. Breakouts and discoloration are prevented and fine lines disappear.
There is a retinol for every skin concern!
- Aging: Intensive Age Refining Treatment
- Acne: Intensive Clarity Treatment
- Discoloration: Intensive Brightening Treatment
- Hyperpigmentation: Intensive Pigment Eraser
- Sensitive skin: Retinol Treatment or Sensitive Skin
PCA Skin™ has improved upon the retinol formula with the advanced delivery system OmniSome™. This effectively stabilizes the active ingredients into a time-release liposomal delivery system. The retinol and other ingredients are carried deeper into the skin and slowly released over a course of 10 hours. Patients experience less irritation and better results.
Dr. Barr is a naturopathic primary care doctor with an emphasis on endocrine and hormone balancing, weight loss, and medical aesthetics. She improves the lives of her patients by altering their diet and exercise programs, treating and balancing their hormones, and helping them find their inner and outer beauty using the most natural, cutting-edge methods available.