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Retinoids 101 and Why You Should Use Them

Should you be using a retinoid? Yes, yes and yes. Here's why.

Retinoids 101 and Why You Should Use Them

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What Are Retinoids?

Retinoids are Vitamin A derivatives that increase cellular turnover which causes our skin to regenerate more quickly, thus making your skin look more youthful, vibrant, and refreshed.


What is cellular turnover or skin regeneration?

On this week's episode of Skincare School with Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and founder of Barefaced, Jordan Harper, you'll learn:

      • the cycle of cellular turnover and how it changes as we age
      • what skin regeneration means and why it's important
      • how to increase cellular turnover to promote youthful skin

Retinoids are fundamental in your skincare routine for long-term skin health. They build the foundation for healthy skin by increasing cellular turnover.


How does age affect cellular turnover?

As we age, our cellular turnover decreases significantly. When we are babies, our cellular turnover is as quick as 2 weeks — but once you’re in your 20s-40s, it’s more like 1-2 months! 

Infographic Cellular Turnover As We Age 

Do I need to use a retinoid?

Retinoids help keep our skin looking younger and healthier. We recommend that everyone over the age of 25 should use one. Plus, if you struggle with acne at any age, retinoids are one of our most recommended treatments!

Infographic Do I Need a Retinoid

When should I use retinoids?

Retinoids should be used at night and, initially, can take some getting used to. But trust us, it is well worth it in the long run. Start by incorporating a retinoid 3 nights a week, on alternating nights, on dry skin. Then, after a month, increase to 4 nights a week as tolerated. The goal is to use a retinoid 5 to 7 nights a week.


Here are some tips on how to successfully incorporate a retinoid into your skincare routine.


What's our favorite retinoid?

The best retinoid is the one that you consistently use because consistency is what leads to change. But we do have a favorite... It's stronger than a retinol and a step down from a prescription strength, but very well tolerated by even the most sensitive skin types! Our favorite retinoid is RetinAL Skin Therapy!

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