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Retinoid Science in Skincare

  • To understand how retinol works, you must first realize that retinol is in a family of compounds called retinoids . Retinoids are a family of compounds that all bind the Retinoic Acid Receptor (RAR) and RXR receptors. The RAR and RXR receptors are found in the nucleus of skin cells ...

    2021-11-11 | Leslie Baumann MD

Understanding Retinol Percentages and Retinoid Percentages

  • Whether you are starting retinoids for the first time , have been on retinol and want to change to a higher retinol concentration, or you want to switch from retinol to a prescription strength retinoid, understanding retinol strength charts is important. Retinol Strength Chart When comparing strengths of retinoids , ...

    2021-11-11 | Leslie Baumann MD

Retinol Side Effects On Skin

  • Retinoids are in a family of Vitamin A compounds that includes retinol. There are many different types of retinoids at different percentages and strengths. The stronger retinoids are more likely to cause side effects. You can avoid most side effects by using the correct retinoid for your Baumann Skin Type® ...

    2021-11-10 | Leslie Baumann MD

What Happens If You Stop Using Retinol?

  • Retinol is in the retinoid family of skincare ingredients and are used to treat mature aging skin and acne . Many studies show that retinoids improve acne and wrinkles- but what happens to the skin when you stop using retinol? The short answer is- you will get a short-term benefit ...

    2021-11-10 | Leslie Baumann MD

Retinol Safety

  • Retinoids are natural or synthetic compounds in the Vitamin A family that are safe when used properly . They are used orally and topically. Oral retinoids such as prescription oral retinoids (isotretinoin, Accutane) and Vitamin A supplements can result in excess Vitamin A and should be monitored if more than ...

    2021-11-10 | Leslie Baumann MD

Retinol Sun Sensitivity and Photosensitivity

  • At least once a day in my dermatology clinic a patient will tell me that they stopped using their retinoid because they were going to have sun exposure. It is OK to use retinoids like retinol even if you get a lot of sun exposure - if you use them ...

    2021-11-10 | Leslie Baumann MD