Retinol has been considered by many to be the holy grail of skin care. This do-it-all product can brighten skin, improve fine lines and wrinkles, diminish the look of dark spots, smooth skin, unclog pores, and treat acne. So get the scoop on everything you need to know about retinol as we answer your most asked questions!

What is Retinol?
Retinol is derived from vitamin A. It increases cell turnover and aids in the production of collagen.

Why should I use Retinol?
As mentioned above, retinol has amazing benefits for your skin. It exfoliates and smooths your skin leaving behind a brighter complexion. It boosts collagen production helping to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. It even helps to unclog pores and treat acne.

When should I start using Retinol?
Physicians recommend that you start using Retinol in your 30s as this is when your collagen production begins to naturally slow down.

What strength should I use?
When you first begin a Retinol regimen, you should start with a .25% Retinol product. You should begin by only using Retinol once every other day until your skin is used to the product. As your skin builds tolerance, you can slowly increase the strength to .5% and then finally to 1.0%.

Are there any side effects?
Many will notice that Retinol may cause your skin to become red, irritated or flaky. If this happens to you, slow down on the application of the product. Try only using it once a week until your skin builds a tolerance to the product, then you can gradually increase the amount of product you use to once every other day and eventually daily.

Where can I find a Retinol based skin care product?
Gruene House Med Spa has so many amazing skincare lines to choose from AND all of them offer Retinol products in different strengths and forms. Come visit us at either our San Antonio or New Braunfels location and our knowledgeable staff will help you find the Retinol skincare product that is just right for you.