Retinoids have become a staple of anti-aging and even acne-prevention skincare in the last few decades. Natural and synthetic retinoids are undergoing research to identify their effects on chronological and photoaging of the skin (that is, aging as a result of getting older and as a result of exposure to damaging UV rays.) While the treatments appear to be effective in the latter group especially, retinol products can also carry side effects that many consumers are put off by. Today, we’ll take a look at the latest clinical evidence for retinol products, and overview how you can initiate research on your own retinol products.
Clinical trials for Retinol
When you think of retinoid treatments in skincare, it’s like;y that products you’ve encountered contain Vitamin A alcohol (all-trans alcohol) which belongs to the family of natural retinoids. Retinol’s potential as an anti-aging ingredient was first realized in 1995 when it was shown to induce skin thickening and enhance protein expression.
Now, retinol is known as a staple in treatments for acne and signs of aging (looseness of the skin, wrinkles, fine lines.) Many forms of retinol are available over the counter in smaller doses -- and these can be a good option for sensitive skin.
Some issues with retinol include increased sensitivity to sunlight, and therefore a greater possibility of the sunspots and wrinkles people use retinol to treat. This can best be mitigated by wearing sunscreen every day, reducing your exposure to the sun, and ensuring you keep up a healthy moisturizing routine. Dryness and irritation may also occur, especially in the first few months of using retinol. Some people find it helpful to switch to products built for sensitive skin to use in combination with the harsher retinol, as these kinds of moisturizers and creams might tone down the irritation without causing additional product buildup.
Research for your Retinol products
If your skincare brand is in the process of launching research for a retinol product, it can be helpful to understand the variety of clinical trial options available to skincare research. We have a handy guide on your best options, available here.
When you work with Citruslabs on your skincare clinical trials, we make sure to simplify the process as much as possible for you. We offer assistance with every stage of the clinical research process, from writing study materials and leading recruitment all the way through study completion.
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