Monthly Special – April 2012 – Retinol Treatment

Spring is a time for renewal, and Retinol is the perfect way to refresh and rejuvenate this season! During the month of April, purchase a medical microdermabrasion or peel of your choice and receive a complimentary retinol treatment. Remember, Mother’s Day is right around the corner and this is something every woman could use…

Retinol: Pure vs. Complexes

When using a retinol based product, it is important to keep in mind the differences between pure retinol and retinol complexes, as each will have different effects on your skin. Retinol is one of the most versatile ingredients used in skin care today. The unique benefit of delivery and stabilization technology combined with skin-specific formulations has led to the most comprehensive line of retinol products.

A retinol complex is a blend of retinol and retinoid esters or other support ingredients designed to increase the retinol’s efficacy and stability. When percentages are listed for retinol complexes, the amount reflects the total amount of all ingredients of the complex, not only the retinol. On the other hand, a product that contains pure retinol truly provides the entire percentage of retinol stated. Both retinol complexes and pure retinol have a place in the industry, and having options to treat patients individually is absolutely necessary.

PCA has just launched two new products, Intensive Age Refining Treatment and Intensive Clarity Treatment. Both contain 0.5% pure retinol. These products are rare in an industry where complexes are far more common, and making these products even more unique are their customized formulations suited specifically for acne and hyperpigmentation or visible aging.

Products containing retinol complexes, such as A&C Synergy Serum and Retinol Renewal with Restorative Complex offer the benefits of retinol with a reduced risk of topical irritation. While visible results will be achieved using a complex, it might take longer to see than when using a pure retinol. Those struggling with skin conditions such as visible aging, hyperpigmentation, or acne will often benefit more from a potent pure retinol product. Retinol complexes are more appropriate for patients looking to maintain a youthful appearance, reduce oil production, as well as anyone who cannot tolerate pure retinol. Always follow treatment protocols and/or instructions given by a skin care professional while using these products.

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