Dermatologist-in-training and all around cool girl blogger Aegean Chan is the savvy mind behind super-skincare blog Aegmora. Chan educates her readers with particularly informative posts that tie together her science background and her extensive experience with beauty products. We love that she demystifies everything from familiar active ingredients like Benzoyl Peroxide to the newest trends like coconut oil. This week, Chan teaches us how to fight acne better, keep our skin hydrated, and protect it from the sun.
Retinoid sounds like a robot that could eventually take over the human race. But in reality, it’s actually a little known and much misunderstood cornerstone of your skin care regimen. This agent, a derivative of the vitamin A molecule, is the only tried and true, clinically proven way to improve signs of skin aging, treat acne, shrink pores and generally give you a kickass glow. This veritable skin superhero has been around for over 80 years, but its use is still shrouded in myth and fear because of its tendency to cause unsightly dryness and redness if used incorrectly.
This potent molecule and its cousins work by regulating and normalizing the growth of skin cells, as well as increasing the levels of plumping collagen, unclogging your pores and resulting in a smoother, more even complexion. This too-good-to-be-true scenario only becomes reality when used correctly and, like anything powerful, this agent can turn evil in the wrong hands. Using a pea sized drop over the entire face, starting every other day, will spare your skin from the flaking, irritated redness that comes from overzealous use. And don’t expect that glorious glow overnight. Only after using this diligently and correctly over several months will you see a noticeable difference in your skin texture.
So now you’re thinking, how do I get my hands on this magical elixir? No shady back alley deals required. Your best bet is to head over to your friendly, neighborhood dermatologist to find the best agent for you.
However, there are some good options available over the counter. Glow by Dr. Brandt contains 2% retinol, the highest concentration available without a prescription. There are other OTC formulations, but I honestly think you will get the most bang for your buck with the prescription forms of retinoid. So, go on now, glow on with your bad self!
If you’re loving these helpful skincare tips, you should see the rest of Aegean Chan’s series on our blog from this week.