Vitamin A is a very versatile vitamin. The trick with retinol, a potent vitamin A relative, is that it is sensitive to light and oxidation, but if it is stabilized and at a high enough concentration, studies have proven that you can get similar effects to the prescription strength Retin-A or tretinoin. Retinyl palmitate has less of an effect than retinol so you will need to use more of it.  Retinol’s main skin benefits include reducing the appearance of lines, rough texture, blotches, sun damage and spots. Use it once a day, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, and avoid using any other products containing vitamin A at the same time.

If you’re super sensitive, you may tingle from a daily diet of pure retinol until your skin adjusts, so use caution. Once your skin gets used to it, you will see the benefits in terms of pigment reduction and fine lines and wrinkles.

To find out which anti-aging cosmeceuticals are right for you, schedule a consultation with board certified dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Kazin.