What is the difference between a Retinol and a Retinoid? This is one of the most popular questions asked when patients inquire about anti-aging skincare products.
The two terms tend to be used interchangeably, when in fact Retinol and a Retinoid are considered, cousins rather sister products. Both retinoid and retinol are derivatives of vitamin A, just with slightly different molecular structures. The molecular structure of Retinol causes it to convert more slowly, with less side effects (irritation, redness, flaking).
What is Retinol?
Retinol is considered a weaker, but more tolerable version of a Retinoid. It tends to perform better on various skin types and is an over-the-counter Vitamin A derivative. With Retinol, you won’t experience the same side affects you will with a Retinoid. These Retinoid side effects include, but are not limited to redness, irritation, and major dryness. It can also be used more frequently while it works to renew the skin.
What is a Retinoid?
Retinoid is the stronger Vitamin A derivative of the two. It’s typically prescribed as a Tretinoin and can be very harsh on the skin. I usually don’t prescribe retinoids to my patients unless they’ve used Retinol and built a tolerance over time. They can be very aggressive and on average, should only be used 1-2 nights per week when first prescribed. Retinoids can create irritation or inflammation and most patients can’t tolerate the Tretinoin. Often times you’ll see medical providers prescribe this product to patients struggling with severe acne.
Benefits of topical Retinols
Retinol is one of the most effective ingredients for overall improvement of skin. A blend of hydrating and nourishing antioxidants and vitamins, this encapsulated retinol improves the appearance of fine lines and texture, uneven skin tone, and blemishes, while brightening skin tone and speeding up dead skin cell turnover.
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Danielle Augustino PA-C
Owner & CEO of LEKKO Aesthetics