Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A. Retinoids are the gold standard for antiaging treatments of the skin. They reduce the appearance of wrinkles , pigmentation and sunspots. Tretinoin is a prescription retinoid and it’s use is limited by its potential to irritate the skin. Topical retinol in higher concentrations may have comparable results to tretinoin with less irritation. Retinoids in various forms are also crucial in the management of mild to severe acne. Vitamin A and retinol containing products should not be used in woman who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to fall pregnant.
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