Essentially designed to delay the growth of epithelial cells (the oil-housing cells), retinoids, such as Retin-A, encourage the shedding of dead skin, resulting in clearer pores and, thus, less sebum.
Topical retinoids, as opposed to oral variations, work best for oily skin and come in cream, gel and liquid forms. The vitamin-A-derived ingredient helps reduce the presence of shine-inducing oil and blemish-causing bacteria within the pores by increasing skin cells’ natural turnover rate.
Retinoids also increase sensitivity to UV light, so be sure to use at least SPF 30 every day. Additionally, retinoids should be avoided by anyone who’s pregnant or nursing.
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