WHAT IS IT:
It is a symptom that can occur when using a product or medication containing ingredients from the retinoid family. Retinoid Dermatitis appears as flaky, red, dry or tingly skin. It is more likely to occur when the skin isn't yet used to the level of retinoid used, other environmental factors cause extra drying, it isn’t suitable for the skin type or not enough compensatory moisturising is done.
Retinoids are not suitable during pregnancy, lactation or with UV exposure. They are also not suitable or recommended in larger and more potent doses for some skin types. Assessment and advice from a skin expert, aesthetic doctor or dermatologist is essential.
Is retinol a safe treatment?
Retinol is an ingredient that has a wealth of research proving its safety when prescribed for the correct skin type and used in the correct way. It can help heal and repair skin and enhance skin health for those with chronic congestion, acne, photo damage, ageing skin, as well as hyperpigmentation and scarring. Some skin types can safely use non-prescription retinol (as opposed to prescription retinoids) over long periods of time with no adverse effects and much increased benefit. Others may require either prescription strength Retinoids or small doses of much milder vitamin A extracts such as Retinyl Palmitate.
There are many examples of Retinoid agents including Roacutane/Isotretinoin, Differin/Adapalene, Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate, to name a few.
Stop, reduce or adjust usage of Retinol product
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