What’s The Difference Between Retinol And Retinoid?

If you know anything about keeping your skin as youthful-looking as possible, you probably know all about retinol and retinoid, which are the family of skin care ingredients related to vitamin A.

“Retinol” and “retinoid” have been beauty buzzwords for years, as they are essentially the most effective anti-aging skincare products you can get, and there are always new items coming out that include them.

Retinol and retinoid are very important because they do all sorts of amazing things for your skin. They improve fine lines and wrinkles as well as pore size and clarity; they reduce blemishes; help improve skin tone; stimulate new collagen; act as an antioxidant, and deliver an overall radiant glow.

Retinol and retinoid can both prevent and reverse some of the effects of aging, and have helped women even in their 60s to have beautifully youthful skin.

Difference Between Retinol And Retinoid

The big difference between retinol and retinoid is that retinol works more gradually than retinoid. This is because their molecular structure is different, and the way that the skin processes them is different as well.

While retinol and retinoid do the same thing, it typically takes a longer amount of time (regular use over 3-6 months) to see results from retinol.

Prescription And Over-The-Counter

If retinoid works faster and does the same thing, you may be wondering why anyone would choose retinol. Well…

The upside of retinol is that you don’t need a prescription to buy it, and it’s usually less expensive as well.

It’s very important to be aware that retinol and retinoid both come in all different amounts and packaging, so it’s good to do your research (or better yet, speak with a professional) to find the exact right product for you.

How To Use Retinol And Retinoid

The good news is that you can use retinol and retinoid all year round. It can make your skin a bit dry or irritated, however, you can combat this by using a pea-sized drop of it instead of a lot.

It’s also good to be aware that retinol and retinoid should be applied at nighttime, because Vitamin A is deactivated by the sun. Therefore if you wear it during the day, it won’t do much good.

Other Ways To Achieve Youthful Skin

If you’d like to go a step further than retinol and retinoid, you may want to consider a treatment from a med spa like Pure Touch. Some of our most popular anti-aging treatments include dermal fillers, Botox, and laser skin tightening to help individuals regain their radiant skin. Even one of our water-based Hydrafacials is fantastic for the skin.

If you love your Vitamin A family retinol and retinoid, great! We love them, too. If you’d like to up your game with one of our treatments, please feel free to come in for a free consultation to see how we can help you!