Men’s Health: Retinol for Men: What to Know and What to Buy

March 2024 

Men’s Health 

Men’s Health UK’s senior ecommerce writer, Luke Chamberlain, delves into the transformative power of retinol, an often-overlooked skincare ingredient. As Luke explores the benefits and considerations of incorporating retinol into men’s skincare routines, he sheds light on why this powerhouse ingredient deserves a prime spot in every man’s grooming arsenal with the help of our very own Dr Matthew Jarvie-Thomas. 

Understanding Retinol: The Ultimate Skin Transformer 

Daily cleansing, moisturising, and sun protection, along with a healthy lifestyle, can significantly enhance skin health. While the market offers a wide array of skincare products, retinol stands out as a potent ingredient recommended by experts for its unparalleled ability to rejuvenate and transform the skin. 

  • “Vitamin A products such as retinols increase cell production and turnover which has a wide range of benefits for skin health including: reducing hyperpigmentation, boosting collagen production, clearing blemishes and improving skin texture,” says Dr Matthew Jarvie-Thomas, a cosmetic practitioner at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic. 

Retinol, a member of the vitamin A family, is widely acclaimed by skincare experts for its efficacy in addressing various skin concerns such as acne, wrinkles, and sun damage. Its proven effectiveness makes it a favoured choice for many seeking visible improvements in their skin. 

Despite its longevity, retinol’s effectiveness remains steadfast over the years, validated by numerous studies. Its ability to address both non-inflammatory and inflammatory acne, promote cellular turnover, and regulate sebum production has been well-documented, making it a trusted solution for various skincare concerns. 

Retinol: Universally Beneficial for All Genders 

Regardless of the cosmetic industry’s focus on female-centric branding, retinol is inclusive and beneficial for all genders. Its capacity to boost collagen production, diminish fine lines, and improve skin texture renders it suitable for everyone, including men. 

Dr Jarvie-Thomas notes the differences between male and female skin yet emphasises that retinol’s benefits remain consistent regardless of gender. 

  • Dr Jarvie-Thomas says, “Typically, men have 25% thicker skin than women as well as more oily skin,’ he says. ‘It is also more resistant to ageing in many ways.” 

In essence, male skin can undoubtedly reap the benefits of incorporating retinol into their skincare routine. 

Unlocking the Benefits of Retinol 

The advantages of adding retinol to your skincare regimen are substantial. Serving as a powerhouse ingredient, retinol fosters a youthful and radiant complexion, serving as an invaluable asset for achieving clear and healthy skin. This sounds promising, but how exactly does it work? 

  • “Retinol increases collagen production, so it can help with reducing and preventing fine lines and wrinkles, which can make your skin look fresher and smoother – so it’s brilliant for anti-ageing,” says Jarvie-Thomas. 
  • And when it comes to spot-prone skin Dr Jarvie-Thomas says, “Retinol is also very good for acne as it helps prevent clogged pores and limits sebum production. While some may experience a period of ‘purging’, where acne symptoms are temporarily worsened, it will lead to clearer skin in the long run and can even help to reduce old acne scars.” 

Additionally, it can address the effects of prolonged sun exposure, such as hyperpigmentation (dark patches on the skin due to sun damage) and diminish the appearance of sun spots and age spots. 

Choosing the Right Retinol Products 

According to Dr Jarvie-Thomas, the abundance of retinol products on the market can be overwhelming, making it challenging to select the right one. He suggests starting with a low-concentration product from a trusted brand and gradually increasing the strength based on your skin’s sensitivity and previous retinol experience. 

To book a consultation with Dr Jarvie-Thomas at our clinics in London and Buckinghamshire, please get in touch with us at 0333 920 5177 or complete our online contact form. 

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