If I could list the most monumental moment in my career it was meeting the co-developers of Retin-A™, Dr. Albert Kligman and Dr. James Fulton in 1988.
After our conversation, I felt a pivotal turning point for esthetic medicine was happening and I had the good fortune to be right in the middle of it. Consequently I was the only practicing esthetician in town encouraging her clients to use this vitamin A powerhouse. Others were not only discouraging their clients but even posting notices on their doors refusing Retin A™ users! In taking this brave step forward, I prepared myself for the most profound learning experience of my career: Working with retinized skin.
To say I am a fan of retinol and Retin A is an understatement. No anti-aging home protocol is complete without retinol or one of its sisters, retinoid acid, retinaldehyde, retinyl esters, retinol propionate, retinol palmitate or other synthetic derivatives. But there's a huge caveat to using Retinol and it can best be described like this: The more powerful the ingredient, the more spectacular the result, the longer the downtime, the greater the risk. Consequently it is not uncommon for me to see clients who have overstepped their retinol usage and suffer the consequences of extreme dehydration and compromised skin barrier in the form of severe irritation or even dermatitis. Even long time retinol users can suffer these side effects if daily monitoring is not used. So how to reap the benefits of retinol and avoid the possibility of extreme dehydration, irritation and dermatitis? Moderation is the key. To jump with both feet into retinol use without extreme caution is to end up giving it up altogether. So how can it be done? This is where 911, my Go To Creme comes in. Mixing some 911 with the Retinol allows the skin to reap the benefits of this vitamin A and avoid the side effects. First time users should also incorporate retinol slowly. Say, one night a week for one month. Then two times a week (split apart) for one month. And so on, taking seven months for the skin to be fully integrated with retinol.