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Apparently You Can Wear Retinol During The Day—But There Are Rules, People

Retinol during the day

 

As a retinol devotee, I’ve learned a few key things about the all-star acne-fighting, glow-inducing skin-care ingredient: The most important of which is that vitamin A derivatives should go on once the sun goes down. That’s why I was surprised and intrigued that some new retinols instruct users to slather them on in the a.m. and p.m. Gasp! Wondering what to make of the rule-bending intel, I consulted dermatologists and skin-care gurus alike.

“Retinoids are naturally photo-unstable, meaning they break down in sunlight, making them less effective,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a dermatologist with New York’s Schweiger Dermatology Group.

Besides the UV stability dilemma, retinoids also change your skin in a way that makes it more prone to sun damage. “All retinoids cause a slight thinning of the outermost layer of dead skin cells, and therefore makes it slightly easier to burn in sunlight,” says Dr. Nazarian.

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Source: Well+Good – Apparently You Can Wear Retinol During The Day—But There Are Rules, People By, Rachel Lapidos

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