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Difference betwen glycolic acid nd retinol?

Difference betwen glycolic acid nd retinol?

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Dr. Lourdes Margarita Landron-Garcia
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Vitamin A (Definition)

Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin. It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Vitamin A promotes good vision, especially in low light. It may also be needed ...Read more


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I want to use a glycolic acid cleanser followed by a salicylic toner followed by a retinol serum. How much time should I leave in between?

I want to use a glycolic acid cleanser followed by a salicylic toner followed by a retinol serum. How much time should I leave in between?

Let it dry.: Be sure you dilute and remove all of the glycolic and let skin dry completely before applying the salicylic. You may get irritation with retinol over the salicylic, so best to let it dry first and if so, don't use them together. You could use a hair dryer on cool to make this quicker. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can someone with sensitive skin use retinol, glycolic acid or vit C? How do you know if you've got sensitive skin?

Can someone with sensitive skin use retinol, glycolic acid or vit C? How do you know if you've got sensitive skin?

Possibly: Tretinoin (Retinol), glycolic acid, and vitamin C can all be harsh to the skin. It is best to try a test patch on a small area of the skin; the back of the hand, to determine how sensitive you skin is to each type of product. Vitamin C and glycolic acid may not be as harsh as tretinoin.
Remember to use a moisturizing agent as well to help keep the skin from dehydration. Apply sparingly. ...Read more

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Is it better to combine vit C or retinol with 25% Glycolic Acid? Which percentage? I've got adult acne and combination skin

Is it better to combine vit C or retinol with 25% Glycolic Acid? Which percentage? I've got adult acne and combination skin

Retinol: Retinol is a vitamin A derivative, as is Retin A (tretinoin) which is helpful for many types of acne. I would also see a dermatologist, as there are many prescription products which may be more helpful. Hormonal imbalances are fairly common in adult acne and this should also be addressed. ...Read more

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Should I layer on my glycolic acid face moisturizer or should I just use it for night time? Can you layer vitamin C serum whith a retinol serum? Tyvm

Should I layer on my glycolic acid face moisturizer or should I just use it for night time? Can you layer vitamin C serum whith a retinol serum? Tyvm

I don't think: It matters if you use the glycolic acid in the morning or night application, but most would advise you use your retinol/Retin-A the opposite time of day. Many find the glycolic acid too drying/peeling for use during day (peeling looking skin). I recommend avoiding vitamin C serum at the same time as retinol; consider using the vitamin C every 2-3 days in place of glycolic acid. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Which is better for wrinkles on your face Glycolic Acid, Retinol, Retin A (tretinoin) or a combination of two. Like one in morning and one in at night. Tyvm?

Which is better for wrinkles on your face Glycolic Acid, Retinol, Retin A (tretinoin) or a combination of two. Like one in morning and one in at night. Tyvm?

Face/aging/wrinkles: Time to start a daily skin care regime is NOW! I recommend Retinol products + DefenAge system for skin care.. ...Read more

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Which is better for wrinkles on your face Glycolic Acid, Retin A, (tretinoin) Retinol or a combination of two of them. Like one at night one in morning. Tyvm?

Which is better for wrinkles on your face Glycolic Acid, Retin A, (tretinoin) Retinol or a combination of two of them. Like one at night one in morning. Tyvm?

Retin a (tretinoin): Most likely just retin A (tretinoin) ut check with your dermatologist. I think just retina A is enough over long term and low dose at first for wrinkles. Other is just add on. Never smoke this kills all the skin, not too much sun but 15 -30min. Only/day, Use face sunscreen. ...Read more

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Which is better for wrinkles on your face Retin A, (tretinoin) Glycolic Acid or a product containing Retinol. I'm confused. Tyvm?

Which is better for wrinkles on your face Retin A, (tretinoin) Glycolic Acid or a product containing Retinol. I'm confused. Tyvm?

Different chemicals: They are all beneficial but are different. They stimulate skin to rapidly exfoliate, make new smoother skin and stimulate collagen&elastin. Tretinoin and Retinol come from Vit. A.
Retin A:brand of Tretinoin, best effect, mostirritation, Script only.
Retinol :midpotency, midirritant, OTC
Glycolic acid is from Sugar. Lesser exfoliation and improvement of collagen&elastin, OTC, better for dry skin ...Read more

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If I'm using a glycolic gel on my face can I layer it with a serum that contains retinol. Can I also use other moisturizers with it. Tyvm?

Do not combine: Don't combine glycolic acid with a retinol. The glycolic acid will break down the retinol product. Really it's the retinol which has the best effects in terms of helping prevent wrinkles. Glycolic acid is great for a gentle peel but it will destabilize the retinol, so you'll just be wasting money by neutralizing the retinol. ...Read more

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Can I face massage with olive oil and after cleaning my face apply glycolic acid? I'm concerned about olive oil and vitamin A in it

Can I face massage with olive oil and after cleaning my face apply glycolic acid? I'm concerned about olive oil and vitamin A in it

Concern about VitA?: Glycolic Acid is a good Exfoliating agent. Oil massage would help the drying/Exfoliating skin. I do not understand what is the concern about Vit A? ...Read more

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Is trentinoin/ retinoic acid a retinoid or a retinol?

Is trentinoin/ retinoic acid a retinoid or a retinol?

Is a Retinoid: Isotretinoin is a retinoid and it is used to treat severe acne. Retinol is the chemical compound for Vitamin A. ...Read more

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Can I use azelaic acid and retinol simultaneously?

Can I use azelaic acid and retinol simultaneously?

Yes: Always exercise caution with multiplemedications, let your doctor know on your next follow up visit of the medicines you are on, even OTC mefications, best wishes ...Read more

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What is the difference between retinoic acid and retinol? Are they the same or almost the same?

What is the difference between retinoic acid and retinol? Are they the same or almost the same?

Retinoic acid: Both compounds are in the "retinoid" family of drugs. However, they have very different properties. Retinol is not nearly as effective as retinoic acid for acne, facial wrinkling, etc. Retin-a is the most famous of the retinoic acid compounds, but equally effective and cheaper generic products are also available. ...Read more

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Greetings. I have premature wrinkles, can I apply retinol and hyaluronic acid together? If so which will I apply first, the former or latter?

Greetings. I have premature wrinkles, can I apply retinol and hyaluronic acid together? If so which will I apply first, the former or latter?

Both can be used: These agents can be used together. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is used to optimize and retain skin moisture. Retinol and other Retin compounds facilitate the rapid turnover of cells promoting re epithelialization which can even skin tone and soften wrinkles with collagen stimulation. Retin compounds can cause dryness, and application should ideally be followed with use of a moisturizer such as HA. ...Read more

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Can refined sweet almond oil be used over glyc acid or retinol to prevent redness and help hydratation? I read that this oil helps exfoliate the skin

Not alone: Almond oil alone isn't an exfoliant which "removes dead skin cells" that requires the addition of either an acid (like glycolic or alpha hydroxy which chemically remove cells) or mechanical means (like sugar, salt, walnut shell). It is an emollient which "hydrates" and softens skin and may reduce redness. Retinols work at a molecular level to alter skin thickness, pigmentation and collagen. ...Read more