Fact or Fiction: Dr. Obagi Debunks 3 Common Retinoid Myths

Fact or Fiction: Dr. Obagi Debunks 3 Common Retinoid Myths

Retinoids are the closest agents we have to the “fountain of youth”. They build collagen, tighten pores, improve the appearance of sun damage, and even help to combat acne. However, several unfounded misconceptions remain about retinoids. In this post, Dr. Suzan Obagi debunks 3 of the most prevalent myths.

1. Myth: Retinoids will thin my skin.
Reality: 
Retinoids increase skin cell turnover, making way for new, healthy skin to be revealed as dead skin cells are shed. This process is actually what strengthens the skin and gives it a fresher, more youthful-looking appearance.

2. Myth: I must avoid the sun when I’m using a retinoid.
Reality: If you are using proper sun protection (SPF 30 or higher, a hat, sunglasses, etc.), retinoids should not pose a problem. However, people tend to be less vigilant about applying sun protection when they are on vacation. As a result, it is best to stop using your retinoid about a week before you plan any significant sun exposure.

3. Myth: I can’t use retinoids because I have sensitive skin.
Reality: 
Sensitive skin is a sign of damage. With damaged skin, you want to repair the skin barrier function – something that retinoids achieve with continued use. Our product, Retivance, contains 0.1% retinaldehyde, a highly effective retinoid suitable for patients concerned with sensitive skin. It’s gentle enough to use daily, but potent enough to achieve significant results!

Retinoids are a powerful anti-aging tool, which is why it is important to be aware of misinformation. Minimally irritating and highly effective, retinoids are the perfect foundation for your anti-aging regime.

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