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Prescription Retinoids vs. Encapsulated Retinol/Retinal

Updated: May 26


Prescription retinoids, like tretinoin, found in Retin-A and Renova, have been prescribed for decades.


Did you know that there are other forms of Vitamin A that make a bigger impact on the skin?



VITAMIN A & THE SKIN

  • Skin needs Vitamin A every day (every 24 hours), especially those 30 and older.

  • Vitamin A is a vital ingredient needed to build collagen and elastin, which decline as we age.

  • Cells recognize Retinoic Acid and initiate fibroblast activity, which increases collagen and elastin synthesis as well as natural cellular turnover.

  • Vitamin A should not cause sensitivity, dryness, or peeling. It is a nutrient with valuable properties for the skin and body.

  • Vitamin A maintains and repairs skin integrity.

  • Skin only recognizes Retinoic Acid through the conversion of Vitamin A.

  • Conversion of Vitamin A include:

  • Beta Carotene converts to Retinol

  • Retinol converts to Retinal

  • Retinal converts to Retinoic Acid


PRESCRIPTION RETINOIDS - WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE SKIN?

  • Formulated with skin irritating ingredients including acids, parabens, synthetic dyes and fragrances.

  • Can be comedogenic, exacerbating acne.

  • Tretinoin is already in the form of Retinoic Acid - no conversion occurs in the skin, so the skin doesn't readily accept it.

  • Tretinoin increases exfoliation and stimulates fibroblast activity through forced exfoliation, which depletes the dermis, collagen and elastin.

  • Forced exfoliation gives a softer texture, causes inflammation which plumps lines and wrinkles, but long term affects the thinning dermal layer and leads to sensitivities, accelerated aging, and weaker cells.


PRESCRIPTION RETINOIDS - SHORT TERM & LONG TERM EFFECTS

  • Skin becomes dry, irritated, sensitive, and over time creates a compromised skin barrier. It can only be applied a few times per week in order to avoid irritation, so skin is missing that daily dose.

  • Signs of aging are increased, resulting in a loss of firmness and elasticity in the skin.

  • Photosensitivity is increased due to too much exfoliation.


ENCAPSULATED RETINOL / RETINAL - WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE SKIN?

  • Encapsulation allows for deeper penetration and delivery.

  • Retinol and Retinal go through the appropriate conversion into Retinoic Acid, and the skin readily accepts it.

  • The skin's dermis receives nutrients and fibroblast activity is initiated.

  • Cellular turnover occurs more naturally from the inside, out.


ENCAPSULATED RETINOL / RETINAL - SHORT TERM & LONG TERM EFFECTS

  • Can be applied nightly, depending on other ingredients in the formula.

  • Skin texture appears softened and smoother over time. These forms of Vitamin A allow for building of collagen and elastin, helping to increase natural cellular turnover.

  • Fine lines and wrinkles decrease, while firmness is increased.

  • Lightening of pigmented areas and a more even complexion overall.

  • Cells become stronger and healthier.

  • Aging slows down significantly the longer they are used, especially with a formula that includes other ingredients, like peptides and/or stem cells, that strengthen the skin rather than create inflammation.


RHONDA ALLISON FORMULAS WITH ENCAPSULATED RETINAL

  • Stem Cell A (anti-aging, pigmentation, rosacea, compromised barrier)

  • ChronoPeptide A (anti-aging)

  • Retinal Clear (acne)


RHONDA ALLISON FORMULAS WITH ENCAPSULATED RETINOL

  • Retinol Supreme (anti-aging)

  • Salicylic A Serum (acne, rosacea)


So ... now you know the difference of prescription retinoids versus encapsulated retinol and retinal. Feel free to reach out with any questions!





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