Retinol vs. Retin-A

A common question our patients ask us is: what is the difference between Retinol and Retin-A? We are here to tell you the scoop about these two products and which one might be more beneficial for your skin!

First off, Retin-A was compounded decades ago and was used as an acne treatment. Both patients and doctors noticed multiple benefits which included smooth and vibrant skin, diminished wrinkles and brown spots, and shrinkage in pore size. The main ingredient in Retin-A is Vitamin A which works by remodeling skin on a cellular level by causing skin cells to turn over quicker than the body's natural process. The scientific studies showing Retin-A's ability to affect collagen retention is what has earned a big part of its popular reputation.

Although Retinol is a less purified form of Retin-A, it is still highly effective as an anti-aging product. Retin-A is typically too harsh for many people's skin causing redness and irritation. Unless someone has excessively oily skin or active acne, then Retinol is the generally better product option. Retin-A can also be more difficult to get as it is prescription only.

It is important to keep in mind that over the counter Retinol products are going to have very little effect on the skin as the potency is a fraction of what is sold in medical-grade Retinol. Additionally, over the counter products contain filler ingredients that tend to be less beneficial.

Jump on the anti-aging bandwagon and order your Sistine Medical Grade Retinol today! Not sure which strength is suitable for your skin? Schedule a skincare consultation with one of our Patient Care Coordinator's or RN's!