Studies have found that Retinol can be used to improve skin in these areas:
• Ageing: As we get older, our skin tends to sag and get wrinkles due to lower natural levels of collagen in our skin. Collagen is a protein that keeps skin firm and elastic, and there tend to be lower levels of it in ageing skin. Studies have shown that Retinol is a great anti-ageing ingredient, preventing collagen from breaking down, which keeps skin youthful and plump. It also encourages rapid skin cell turnover, and helps healthier, younger cells to come the surface, while also thickening the skin and smoothing out fine lines.
• Acne: The fact that Retinol promotes skin cell turnover also helps to keep blackheads and whiteheads to a minimum, which means fewer breakouts. Retinol tackles acne from the inside out before spots have even started to form, helping fresh new glowing skin cells to emerge.
• Hyperpigmentation: Retinol’s skin cell turnover super powers are also good news for fading dark marks and hyperpigmentation, as well as potentially healing sun damage. Its antioxidant properties combined with its regenerative powers make it a great ingredient for evening out skin tone.
• Depressed “atrophic” acne scars: Acne scars that have resulted in facial pitting and an uneven surface on the skin (often known as “boxcar”, “ice pick” or “rolling” scars) can be really hard to get rid of. Retinol can be used to boost collagen production, optimising skin cell regeneration, and renewing your skin for a better overall texture.
All in all, Retinol is a great ingredient for people struggling with a variety of issues, but especially for more mature skin that’s suffering from adult acne, because it’s skin clearing and smoothing.