Fruit Acids vs Retinol

Reducing the effects of aging on your skin requires a combination of ingredients including broad spectrum sunscreens, exfoliants, antioxidants, emollients, and cell communicating ingredients. Vitamin A derivatives such as tretinoin and retinol are widely recommended by skin care professionals for their ability to help reverse sun damage, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, boost collagen production and increase skin cell turnover. While many individuals cannot tolerate tretinoin because it is highly irritating to skin, retinol is an over the counter alternative that is effective and better tolerated.



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Yet another skin beneficial ingredient are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which work to exfoliate and stimulate collagen production. So, which is best for your skin – retinol or AHAs? In truth, both are beneficial and work in different ways. And if you live in UK, you would probably ask yourself “which one shoud I buy” or “which to use and when?”






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Retinoids, including retinol, are vitamin A derivatives. Originally, they were used mainly to treat acne. Over time, many patients began reporting that retinoids also improved the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smoothed skin tone, and cleared away blocked pores. Plus, when topically applied, retinol has antioxidant properties, which helps to fight free radical damage.




Fruit Acids or AHA's:


AHAs, including glycolic acid, mandelic acid, lactic acid and malic acid, are sugar derivatives. They’re used to exfoliate the skin, removing layers of dead cells. In doing so, AHAs encourage new cells to rise to the surface, giving the skin a fresher, healthier, more vibrant look. Also, through routine application, they can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


It’s important to note that topical application of retinol and alpha hydroxy acids can make your skin more susceptible to damage from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. So, you should use a well formulated sun protecting agent whenever you’re treating your skin with either ingredient.




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Your Daily Skin Care Regimen


Even though both retinol and AHAs have similar anti-aging effects on your skin, they work differently to deliver them. For example, retinol is not an exfoliant while AHAs are. On the other hand, retinol has antioxidant properties. Both ingredients can smooth skin tone and reduce wrinkles, but also provide unique benefits that the other lacks.



Many dermatologists recommend against using products containing both ingredients because they could over-dry the skin. Although, some claim that AHAs can decrease the overall effectiveness of retinol. To avoid problems, it is recommended that you use retinoid-based products only at night. This will allow it to absorb into the skin and lessen chances of sun-sensitivity during the day. Then, it is fine to use fruit acid products during the day. The skin can then benefit from deep penetration of the retinol-based cream and the upper-layer exfoliation from the AHA product. 






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