PCA Skin – Retinols and their effects on the skin

PCA Skin – Retinols and their effects on the skin

There has been a lot of talk about retinol these days about how it benefits skin health.  It can increase skin’s natural cell turnover rate, increase collagen production, and will remove the dead skin cells that tend to clog pores.  But what actually is it?


What is Retinol?

Retinol is apart of the vitamin A group called retinoids.  The body needs retinoids for healthy bone growth and to maintain an active immune system.  Vitamin A is one of the vitamins that our body cannot produce naturally.  Although you can get vitamin A through certain types of vegetables and foods, the skin is actually the last to receive this vitamin.  Meaning you can not rely on consuming vitamin through food alone.  In order to get all the benefits that retinols can have on the skin, it is best to use skincare treatments with retinol.

While there are many different forms of vitamin A, retinol is the most stable form as opposed to retinaldehyde, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, and retinoic acid.  When vitamin A is applied to the skin it goes through a conversion process.

Vitamin A, when applied to the skin, goes through a conversion process.  Vitamin A turns into retinoic acid which is what interacts with your skin directly.


What Can Retinol Help With?

  • Aging
  • Acne breakouts
  • Skin discoloration


retinol-treatmentWhy PCA SKIN?

PCA SKIN is one of the leaders in clinical skin care products.  They have been involved in the development of professional peels and retinol for the skin for over 20 years.  PCA SKIN chooses to use retinol in their products because it is more stable than the other forms of retinoids and has a much shorter conversion time to turn into retinoic acid.  The shorter the conversion time means more retinol that is applied getting converted giving the full benefit of the ingredient.  Over the counter vitamin A options do not use retinol and therefore have longer conversion times which reduces the amount of retinoic acid that will be produced.

PCA SKIN retinols each are targeted for different skin corrections.  Whether it is tackling wrinkles, acne, or dark spots and discoloration PCA SKIN has what you need.


When to Start Treatments?

Everyone and all skin types can benefit from using retinol.  Ask the skin experts at Skin Therapy of Charlotte to learn which PCA SKIN product is right for you.  Incorporating retinoid treatments into your routine can drastically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, breakouts and even dark spots on the skin.  Skin will start to become healthier and the complexion will look evenly toned and glowing.


Tips and Neat Facts About Retinol

  • Use sunscreen with your retinoid treatments.  Skin can become more sensitive to sunlight and it is always good practice to use sunscreen to avoid any damage to your skin.
  • Some studies have shown that retinoids may even prevent skin cancer.
  • There are no long term negative effects


Interested in retinol products? Look no further than Skin Therapy of Charlotte to help you choose the right product for you.  Feel free to give us a call to schedule a visit with our skin experts!


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