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What is retinol?

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Retinol is added to creams that go on your skin. It boosts the amount of collagen your body makes and plumps out skin, cutting down fine lines and wrinkles. It also improves skin tone and color and reduces mottled patches.

Using a retinol-based product may make the top layer of your skin dry and flaky. It’s best to apply it at night and wear moisturizer and sunscreen the next morning. Ask your dermatologist about alternatives.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acai.”

Marilyn Berzin, MD, dermatologist, DC Derm Docs, Washington, DC.

Hoppe, U. Biofactors, 1999.

Blatt, T. European Journal of Geriatrics, 1999.

University of Maryland Medical Center: ''Alpha-lipoic acid.''

Kawasumi, M. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, August 16, 2011.

Kaczvinsky, J. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, September, 2009.

Blatt T. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, April 1999.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acai.”

Marilyn Berzin, MD, dermatologist, DC Derm Docs, Washington, DC.

Hoppe, U. Biofactors, 1999.

Blatt, T. European Journal of Geriatrics, 1999.

University of Maryland Medical Center: ''Alpha-lipoic acid.''

Kawasumi, M. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, August 16, 2011.

Kaczvinsky, J. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, September, 2009.

Blatt T. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, April 1999.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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