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Saturday, 28 March 2015

How to Get Rid of Peeling, Flaking, Desquamating Skin When Using Retinol Products

Are you a regular retinol user? If so, you may have already figured out how to deal with that awful skin that you get if you use too strong for you retinol product. If you have just found out about retinol and you bought some product by yourself without really knowing what you were doing, chances are that you have got a cream that is too strong for your skin. It's not going to kill you, but it may give you an unpleasant experience and this is exactly what I had when I started out. I had no idea that retinol makes skin peel and I certainly had no idea that it can make skin peel so badly that you won't know how to get out of the house without embarrassing yourself.

Here is another very good article about retinol which I highly recommend to read for anyone who is anything less than a pro in skincare and anti-ageing.

Retinol flaking skin
Flaking skin from too strong retinol product
Anyway, let's go back to our original question about peeling skin. So, how do we solve this problem? First of all, if you have already acquired a product that is too strong for you, then you may want to ditch it and get another one that is the right strength for you! But what about all the cash that you just splashed out on the cream? Hmm.. I think this is where some creativity can help. Take another cream that you normally use and mix it up with your retinol product, then spread it on your face as usual. You may still not get the consistency that works for you in the first time, but you can still try a few more times until you do get it right. If your skin still peels too much, use more of your usual cream and less of retinol. According to the beauty therapist Amie from Biologique Recherche skin doesn't have to peel for retinol products to be effective.

Retinol flaying skin
Ginvera Marvel Gel helps get rid of flaking
One thing to bear in mind, as Amie states, is that you need to know what's in the bottle of your ordinary face cream or a moisturiser, i.e., if the cream already has ingredients that encourage exfoliation, then it may not be good for your skin to mix your night cream up together with a retinol product as your usual skincare favourites will not dilute the retinol and it may even enhance instead of suppressing the vitamin A derivative. So, be wary.

What if your skin is already peeling, you need to get out of the house and you don't know what you can do to reduce that desquamating skin? In this case I use a product called Ginvera Marvel Gel. I use it after a standard face exfoliant which, unfortunately, doesn't normally remove flaking skin, but it somehow makes Ginvera gel more effective. You can also try to use the mentioned product without exfoliation beforehand. Ginvera Marvel Gel targets the cornified skin layer dissolving and removing the dead skin cells on the top most epidermis layer. One word of caution: use it only in emergencies as it certainly has some ingredients that work in a similar way to AHA, BHA, which means that it will irritate your already irritated skin instead of soothing it. However, it will get rid of the flakiness at least for a few hours. Watch the video to see how the marvellous gel works on skin. The YouTube video has more than just a demo of the mentioned product, so be patient.



What is your experience with retinol products? Do you use any? Will you in the future if you are still too young now?