Whether new to Retinol or an experienced user, it’s an excellent ingredient for the skin. It can help to fight acne, reduce fine lines, increase collagen, fade dark spots, and even improve pigmentation. If you overuse Retinol, it can have some unpleasant side effects.
Shereene Idriss, a skincare expert, says that people are eager to try retinol products and believe more is better. But this is not true. You must be very careful when introducing it to your skincare regimen. Overuse or incorrect usage can be using the product in the wrong areas on your face or starting with a too intense formula for your skin. It’s best to use less Retinol during the initial adjustment period.
Retinol irritation got you feeling extra sensitive? Here’s expert advice for how to heal your skin following retinol irritation.
You may have a Retinol burn
Skin that is irritated or flaky can be a sign of Retinol burning. It may also be sore and shed. You could be experiencing breakouts or inflamed acne that is not normal for your skin,” says Idriss.
The symptoms of routinization may seem similar to those of skin irritations or dermal problems, but they are very different. Idriss says that burning Retinol will cause the skin to become more irritated and angry, which is not a common symptom of other skin conditions. Idriss says, “I think it’s important to think about your history and how you felt when you first used Retinol. When did you start feeling dry and irritated? This is the place where history matters.”
What causes Retinol burn?
Patterson explains that Retinol promotes cell division at the cells’ base (deepest) layer. Too much Retinol can cause excessive cell division. This will result in many immature skin cells rising to the surface without any bonds to keep them together. The skin may peel if too many immature cells are brought to the surface. This is because the adhesives and lipids needed to keep them together have yet to be formed. Other skincare products can penetrate deeper into the skin without these protective bonds. This causes skin irritation, stinging, and redness. Retinol is a natural irritant, so overuse and incorrect application can cause a reaction. If you have sensitive skin, you may even react more quickly.
If you have sensitive skin or rosacea, an inflammatory condition, such as eczema or rosacea, and want to continue using Retinol, apply it to dry skin immediately after applying a moisturizer. This will act as a buffer.
Start by reducing your skincare if you are experiencing Retinol burning. Idriss says to stop using retinol alternatives and all exfoliating acids. You can use an over-the-counter topical steroid if your skin is red and angry. The key word here is for a few days because you want to use steroids sparingly. Topical steroids reduce inflammation, allowing the body’s healing process to take control.
The skin care staple that your grandmother loved to use is back! Idriss says, “You need to protect your skin barrier.” Vaseline is the best option. The primary ingredient of Vaseline is petroleum jelly. It’s an occlusive which creates a layer on top of your skin that protects it from further irritation. The product will not add moisture, but it will help to lock in moisture for healing.
Preventing Retinol Burns
Consider starting with a low-potency product and gradually increasing the strength (and your tolerance), over some time. Idriss says that consistency is more important than intensity. The least intense form will allow the skin to adapt more smoothly to the product. This will reduce irritation and ensure that your skin is nourished and firm.
0.3 percent of Retinol is a good starting point. Use it only twice a week, to begin with, and gradually build up your tolerance. Use a small amount (a dime-sized blob will do for the face). Avoid sensitive areas such as the eyes (especially eyelids)! The creases on the side of your nose, where the product tends to gather and can cause flaking. If the Retinol you use is too strong, try a retinol ester instead. Idriss says that if a retinol ester is too strong, you should use a retinal and then a retinoic. It would be best if you treated your Retinol like caviar. Less is more. They help to smooth fine lines, support collagen production, and even out pigmentation when used correctly.
Idriss recommends moisturizing the area first and then applying the thinnest layer of Retinol to the top.
Retinol side effects: How to combat them
What should you do if you have overdosed on Retinol? Don’t panic. Avoid anything fragranced. Instead, look for products with ingredients such as aloe or circa. Cica balms are used to soothe and calm irritated and sensitive skin. They have been around for centuries and can be used for burns, cuts, and irritation.
Retinol can also make your skin more sensitive to UV radiation, so wear SPF 50 daily and keep it out of the sunlight as much as possible during healing.
Regarding foundation and concealer, look for products with a silicone base. They won’t penetrate or react with the skin at a deeper level. Look for foundations and concealers with silicone bases since they will not respond or penetrate the skin on a deeper level.
How long will Retinol last after it is absorbed?
Retinol burning usually lasts three weeks. However, it can be prolonged if the burn is severe or without treatment. The duration can vary depending on the skin type, and it will get worse if you don’t stop using Retinol.
Can Retinol damage skin?
Idriss says that there is a lot of misinformation about Retinol thinning out the skin. This is not true. “However, if retinol irritates your skin and you are extremely sensitive, then having an inflamed face daily is not a healthy alternative.”
What is an allergic reaction to Retinol?
Idriss says an allergic reaction to Retinol can be an instantaneous response, where the skin becomes red, inflamed, and irritated. It may even become itchy. After stopping Retinol, the reaction should subside and calm down.
What is the retinol cleanser?
Idriss explains that a retinol cleanse is a temporary adjustment phase in which your skin may worsen before it improves after you start a new retinol. This should last for about three weeks. Purge skin will improve over time, whereas reaction skin will not. Idriss adds, “Some people think these adverse effects result from toxins rising to the surface and wanting to be expelled from your body. This is not true. Skincare is not an ‘exorcism.