People worldwide, ladies especially are constantly searching for products that’ll help them retain their youth. I mean, no one likes the effects of ageing – the fine lines and wrinkles that appear on the face. Because of that, manufacturers and producers are constantly making products that’ll make you and I stay youthful and beautiful.
So you know it’s about time you started using an anti-ageing product, you have done your research and you think retinol is a good product to try out. Retinol is so good at what it does that dermatologists worldwide agree that it’s one of the most useful anti-ageing products you can find around. But there’s a catch. Retinol has a little side effect that affects some people, the effect is so well known that it’s been tagged “retinoid uglies”. It’s an adjustment period when your skin starts to purge (the timing isn’t the same for everyone) which often results in excessively red skin and peeling. It’s much like puberty because retinoid uglies feels different for everyone. If you want to purchase retinol or you have already purchased it and you are scared of the side effects, maybe you are currently experiencing it. Whatever the case is, in this blog post I’ll be teaching you how to survive retinol uglies.
How to survive retinol uglies – treat retinol uglies
The deed has been done, you now use retinol and the much-feared retinol uglies is happening to you. You wish you never used the product in the first place after all there are tons of other products you could have tried. You start thinking if there is a way out. If you are battling with such thoughts then you don’t have to worry anymore in this section I’ll be giving you tips that’ll help you deal with retinol uglies.
Use a more simplified skincare
The thing you should do now you have retinol uglies that’ll help in treating and speeding up the relief process is to simplify the things you apply on your face daily. Try to avoid facial products that have chemically-packed ingredients until your face clears up. If you are used to wearing too much foundation and makeup you’ll have to pipe low on the usage. You’ll have to wear less and keep a simplified look for a little while.
When you do that, it aids your pores in staying clear of things that could further irritate the skin. Additionally, it gives your skin ample opportunity to do its thing – your skin is currently working hard to regenerate your skin cells and readjust to the new normal.
It’s no longer news that exfoliant cleansers tend to be rough on the skin that’s why it’s better to hold off the usage of exfoliants. Naturally, retinol has an exfoliating effect that starts from the inside out so it wouldn’t be wise to overdo it and slough off the skin cells using exfoliants.
If you want to remove the flakes, rather than exfoliating, use a cotton washcloth to gently remove the flakes. You can start exfoliating again once your skin calms down.
Use soothing and cleansing remedies
There are natural remedies you can use to help soothe your skin during that phase. You can use cooling toners, aloe vera gel, and topical antihistamines. Do note that these products could impede the positive effects of retinol. Do not use them except it’s necessary for you to do so.
Before touching your face, always wash your hands. You should also rinse your skin with cold water at least once or twice a day. Doing that helps in washing away the dead skin cells which in turn speeds up the healing process.
Is there a better alternative?
You should already know that there are lots of alternatives you can try but the problem is most of them do not come close to being as effective as retinol. If you are like me and you wouldn’t want to deal with retinol uglies then it’s natural that you’d seek a better alternative and that better alternative is clear and brilliant laser facials.
Clear and brilliant laser facials
If you have heard about Fraxel then you should know how effective this laser treatment therapy is. Fraxel has been known to make people’s skin feel as soft as a baby’s. It’s great, but it does come with its downsides. It doesn’t work well with all skin tones and that’s where clear and brilliant laser facials come in. You can think of clear and brilliant laser facials as being the younger sister of Fraxel.
How does it work?
This technique uses fractional laser technology to create microscopic injuries on the skin. The injuries created, helps in triggering your skin’s natural healing process, boosting collagen, elastin production, and replacing damaged skins with healthy tissue in the process.
This laser therapy can be used on the face, chest, and neck. It performs well with smoothing rough texture and fine lines, reduces the appearance of large pores, and fades hyperpigmentation such as dark spots and acne. The treatment is also great for people who have started seeing or experiencing the early signs of ageing and people who just want to improve their overall skin health.