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; environmental factors cause additional skin dryness or if there are insufficient compensatory moisturising agents in the regimen.
Retinoid Dermatitis is inconvenient rather than harmful. There can even be associated benefits in specific contexts. Retinoids are very safe and can be transformative when used correctly.
Retinoids are not suitable during pregnancy, lactation or when exposed to UV. High dose retinoids are also not appropriate for some skin types. Assessment and treatment management from a skin expert, aesthetic doctor or dermatologist is essential.
Is retinol safe to use?
Retinol is an ingredient that has a wealth of research proving its safety when prescribed for the correct skin type and used in the right way. It can repair skin and enhance skin health for those with chronic congestion, acne, photodamage, ageing skin, hyperpigmentation and scarring. Some skin types can safely use non-prescription retinol (as opposed to prescription retinoids) over long periods with no adverse effects and much-increased benefit. Others may require prescription-strength Retinoids or small doses of much milder vitamin A extracts such as Retinyl Palmitate.
Roaccutane/Isotretinoin, Differin/Adapalene, Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate all belong to the retinoid family.
MANAGING RETINOID DERMATITIS:
Stop, reduce or adjust the usage of Retinol product
Hydrating Medi-facials and treatments