If the term Retinol confuses you, fear no evil. This is but a fancy term for a component of Vitamin A. In this article, we’ll give you a deep dive into the world of retinol, collagen, and vitamin A.
We’ve covered vitamins for topical application in men’s skin, but due to its popularity, we’ve decided to dedicate a whole blog post to vitamin A/Retinol.
But before we start…
What is Retinol?
As previously mentioned, retinol is can be thought as an equivalent to vitamin A. To be more specific, it is a component of Vitamin A.
It can be found naturally in many foods, such as egg yolks, and has an important role for vision, bone and cell growth, and skin health.
You can intake this component through our diet, by eating foods that have a strong vitamin a presence, such as berries, apricots, papaya, sweet potatoes, eggs, butter, and raw milk and cheeses, or dietary pills, or you can apply it topically through the use of a cream with Vitamin A.
In the industry, this ingredient is most known for its anti-aging effects. It is advised for men over 30, but can be taken at any age, to fight the first signs of skin ageing.
What are Retinol’s effects on men’s skin?
The main benefit of retinol is the production of collagen. Low levels of collagen are often manifested through signs of ageing of the skin. For this reason, retinol’s main benefits for male skin are usually associated with delaying the skin ageing process.
Additionally, retinol improves blood circulation, which will accelerate the replacement of dead skin and the cell growth rate.
How effective are Retinol creams?
Here is where the controversy begins. The impact of applying Retinol creams has been the subject of heavy debate by academics and industry insiders. It has been argued that retinol creams applied topically don’t penetrate the deep layers of skin, thus having minimal impact.
However, some studies have found retinol to be a great weapon in fighting acne as well as ageing.
It is important to note that this ingredient might not be suitable for extremely dry and sensitive skin, as some users report flaky and drier skin as a result of using retinol products.
But, at the end of the day, for 90% of user this ingredient has little to none side effects, so why not take the risk?
We hope this article has helped demystify the topical use of retinol in men’s skin. If it hasn’t, please feel free to comment below and we’ll try to answer your questions as best as we can!