The Retinoid Family

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Hi Folks! Presenting you the quick cheat sheet of Retinoid Family.

? Retinoids have to be converted into Retinoic Acid by the enzymes in our skin before we can actually get their benefits. This can happen in one, two, or three steps. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
?One step: Retinaldehyde is the direct precursor to retinoic acid.⁣⁣⁣⁣
?Two steps: Retinol first converts to retinaldehyde, and then from Retinaldehyde into Retinoic Acid.⁣⁣⁣⁣
?Three steps: Retinol Esters convert to retinol, then from retinol to retinaldehyde, and finally from retinaldehyde to retinoic acid.⁣⁣⁣⁣
? Retinoic Acid is already in its active form that's why its treatments are available by prescription only. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
It is to be noted that the closer the compound to retinoic acid, the more readily it converts—and the more effective it becomes. ⁣⁣⁣⁣And that there is no generalized statement as to which one is the BEST type of retinoid for you because every skin type is different. :) ⁣⁣⁣⁣