Retinol & Skin Care

How does retinol work?

Specialized proteins on your skin, called retinoid receptors, carry and release retinoids. These vitamin A derivatives trigger collagen production, which help reverse the signs of aging by tightening and firming your skin.

Having been researched for decades, retinol has been proven to be the most effective ingredient to reverse the signs of aging and to improve the appearance of your skin.

Are there side effects of retinol?

One of the common side effects of retinol is skin irritation, which can initially lead to uncomfortable redness, peeling, and flakiness. Dr. Camden understands that these undesirable side effects aren’t only unsightly, they can also overly sensitize your skin, which is why she offers the most advanced retinol line on the market, SkinMedica®.

SkinMedica solutions are different because the retinol product is microencapsulated to stabilize the retinol, so you’re less likely to experience the typical side effects. Dr. Camden’s selected line of SkinMedica products contain herbal anti-inflammatory ingredients, which further minimize skin irritation.

How can retinol help me?

Retinol can help you look years younger within a few weeks of beginning your treatment. Dr. Camden’s SkinMedica retinol products can help:

  • Smooth out deep grooves and scars (including acne scars)
  • Decrease the appearance of wrinkles
  • Lighten up age spots
  • Minimize fine lines

Retinol can be used on your face, neck, chest, and other problem areas. If you have a chronic skin condition or see a sign of aging that makes you uncomfortable about your appearance, talk to Dr. Camden. She can let you know if a prescription retinol or Retin-A cream solution are options for you.

When should I apply retinol?

Dr. Camden and her team can show you exactly how to apply your retinol product, so you get optimal results in the shortest time frame. In most cases, you should plan on applying your retinol treatment after washing and toning your face in the evening, before applying your moisturizer.

If you’re new to retinol, apply it twice a week, at least two days apart, just to see how your skin responds. Dr. Camden can help you gradually work your way up to a daily application, as tolerated by your skin.

How can I get SkinMedica products?

If you live in the Richmond area, you can visit the spa to find out which SkinMedica product is right for you, or book an appointment for a thorough skin analysis. Dr. Camden proudly uses the Brilliant Connections™ online ordering system to help you get the SkinMedica products, including retinol, you need. She offers free two-day shipping throughout the U.S.

If you’re ready to have healthier, younger-looking skin, schedule an appointment at New Medical Spa to see if retinol is right for you. Book your visit either online or over the phone.

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