Esthetician's Guide to Retinol

This condition appears in the ASCP SkinPro app


A derivative of vitamin A used for treatment of aging, sun damage, and acne.


  • Works as an exfoliant to trigger cell renewal.

  • Improves skin smoothness, lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and helps fade hyperpigmentation and stretchmarks.

  • Clients should be educated about how to use retinol, and the importance of being consistent and practicing safe sun habits

Treatment Considerations

  • Can significantly help sun-damaged and aging skin.

  • Improves elasticity of the skin with continued use.

  • Must be used routinely and consistently to see change.

  • It is not a spot treatment for acne.

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