This is the secret ingredient, the universally adored product that every dermatologist wants you to use.
“Everyone should use a retinol,” says Rogers. “It is the closest thing we have a miracle anti-aging cream. It promotes the building of collagen and slows its breakdown; it helps smooth fine lines, lightens brown spots, and prevents acne, blocked pores, and ingrown hairs. It also corrects sun damage and slows the development of pre-skin cancers.”
You can get a prescription-grade retinol from your dermatologist, and should first speak with her/him to see what dosage you should use, and how frequently. “Because it stimulates cell turnover, you have to start slow, meaning a small amount (pea size) for your entire face only on Mondays and Thursdays, especially if you have sensitive
skin,” says Rogers. “If that goes well, then slowly build up to as many nights as you can without irritation. Guys with sensitive skin may need to dilute the retinol to make it more tolerable by mixing it with their moisturizer.”
It’s also important to wear SPF and avoid too much sun exposure the day following retinol use.
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