Should You Avoid Retinol After a Facial Treatment?

With the skin and wellness industry booming year on year, retinol products and facial treatments have never been more popular.

In this article you’ll find out why avoiding retinol is best for your skin after a facial treatment.

What Is Retinol?

Retinol is a potent form of vitamin A and falls under the umbrella term retinoid. Retinol has many skin benefits including:

  • Balancing uneven skin tone
  • Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helping with acne breakouts
  • Promoting cell turnover

What makes the ingredient the talk of the town is its ability to go beneath the epidermis. As a result, it penetrates the skin on a deeper level. Vitamin A is notoriously known as a potent antioxidant, but because retinol is less irritating to the skin, the latter is more effective for brightening dull skin.

Moreover, when retinol is applied to the skin, it converts to retinoic acid. This process helps to bind to retinoic receptors found in your cell membrane. After that, retinol can work its magic and reduce sebum secretion, pigmentation and irritation.

What Are Retinol Products Used For?

Firstly, one common use of this retinoid is to treat the chronic skin condition of acne. By removing dead skin cells, retinol provides deep cleansing for your skin and unclogs your pores to reduce inflammation. This is particularly helpful to treat acne and reduce the appearance of acne scarring.

Equally important, retinol is a common ingredient in many anti-aging creams, gels and serums to minimise signs of aging. By exfoliating the dead skill cells, it triggers collagen production. This helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and ultimately promotes youthful-looking skin.

Furthermore, another reason for using the ingredient is for balancing uneven skin tone. Because UV radiation and sun damage cause pigmentation and dark spots, your skin will inevitably suffer from a rough skin texture. This will then cause an overproduction of melanin. However, retinol plays a role in brightening the skin and control melanin levels.

Why Have Facial Treatments?

Much like maintaining a well-balanced diet or staying in shape, having regular facials is one of the best ways to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

Facials treatments help cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate your skin on a deeper level. The facials are performed by a licensed aesthetician that tailors to your specific skin concerns, providing a nourishing and relaxing experience.

Unfortunately, some facial treatments actually damage your skin instead of helping it. However, Dermoi’s scientific experts have curated 2 anti-aging facials delivered right to your door for all skin types:

PCA Skin Perfecting Peel

Formulated with PCA Skin’s most potent products, our chemical peel removes dead skin cells without damaging the collagen content of your skin.

The treatment achieves healthy and glowy skin with a clinically proven facial peel that stimulates skin repair and collagen production.

Osmosis Vitamin Fusion

This no-acid facial peel provides a potent dose of vitamin A, hyaluronic acid and pure retinol for the ultimate rejuvenating experience.

It uses an advanced liposomal delivery technology that helps achieve deeper penetration while plumping and firming your skin.

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Why Using Retinol Is Not Always Good For Your Skin After A Facial Treatment

So you know how amazing this retinoid is. You also know how important regular facials are. But you might be unaware that mixing the two isn’t always the best decision for your skin.

Here is some aftercare facial advice regarding retinol to avoid damaging your skin:

  • If you don’t normally use the ingredient, it can irritate the skin after a facial
  • Some products have higher doses of retinol than others – therefore consult your aesthetican whether you can use your retinol product after a facial
  • If you’ve had an intense facial with downtime, the ingredient will irritate the skin
  • Some people have naturally more sensitive skin while others have a higher tolerance for retinol

As you can see, the issue is not clear cut. Ultimately, you should consult your aesthetician on whether you should use retinol after a facial treatment.

Above all, using retinol after your treatment hinges on your specific facial, skin sensitivity and regular use of the ingredient.

Talking of sensitivity, check out our Combining Retinol and Sunbeds: What Are The Risks? Who knows, you may be going on holiday soon so it’s best you stop damaging your skin any further.

Author: Naeem Ali

References:

  1. Kikuchi, K., Suetake, T., Kumasaka, N. and Tagami, H., 2009. Improvement of photoaged facial skin in middle-aged Japanese females by topical retinol (vitamin A alcohol): A vehicle-controlled, double-blind study. Journal of Dermatological Treatment, 20(5), pp.276-281.
  2. Malwina Zasada, Renata Dębowska, Monika Pasikowska, Beata Ostrowska and Elżbieta Budzisz, 2016. Efficacy of Tri-active Brightening and Anti-aging Complex in Treatment of Facial Skin Hyperpigmentation. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 4(10).
  3. Ruamrak, C., Lourith, N. and Natakankitkul, S., 2009. Comparison of clinical efficacies of sodium ascorbyl phosphate, retinol and their combination in acne treatment. International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 31(1), pp.41-46.
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