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The New-Generation Retinol is Retinaldehyde

Skin loves retinol. It’s a popular skincare ingredient, and it can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, enhance skin texture and tone, and improve acne. Some people though, especially those with sensitive skin, may find that retinol is irritating and will cause redness and flaking.

Similar to retinol, retinaldehyde is a more current type of vitamin A that is less irritating and much more stable. This makes it a great choice for those who want the skin health advantages of retinol, without its irritatation.

Retinaldehyde enhances the skin’s ability to produce collagen and elastin. Elastin is a protein that gives the skin its elasticity, and collagen is a protein that gives the skin its strength and structure, or foundation. Retinaldehyde can improve skin texture and tone and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and help reduce scarring too.

Acne can also be treated with retinaldehyde. It does this by lowering the sebum (oil) production,  that can block pores and cause outbreaks and also help to regulate the turnover of cells.. Another element that might contribute to acne is inflammation, which retinaldehyde can help to minimise.

Retinaldehyde is a what you are looking for if you want a skincare ingredient that can assist to improve the look and health of your skin. When used properly, it is a potent substance that is both safe and effective.

Use retinaldehyde as follows:

  • When you begin, start with a low concentration and gradually increase the percentage.
  • Use retinaldehyde at night because it increases skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.
  • Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 25.
  • When starting retinaldehyde, avoid any abrasive skincare products like scrubs or peels until you’ve adjusted.

As board certified dermatologist Dr Davin Lim says, “A sensible starting point is to use a good formulation of retinaldehyde every other night and gradually incorporate it into your routine.”