Saturday, November 28, 2015

What are Retinoids? What is the difference between Retinol and Retin-A?

Retinoids are chemical compounds that are related to Vitamin A. Retinoids help to reduce wrinkles, reduce pigmentation, slough off dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells.

Retinoids help to boost the production of collagen and thicken the underlying layers of the skin thereby preventing the formation of wrinkles.

Retinol and Retin-A

Retinol and Retin-A are both are derived from Vitamin A.

What is the difference between Retinol and Retin-A?

Retinol is a natural derivative of Vitamin A that is found naturally in the skin cells whereas Retin-A is a chemical compound that is related to Vitamin A and is synthetically formulated in the labs.

Products containing Retinol can be purchased over the counter whereas Retin-A cannot be purchased without a prescription.


References

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