Back 5 Mar 2024 / MZ Blog, Spotlight

Understanding Eye Area Ageing and Retinol Benefits

Dr. Zamani shares her expert insights on harnessing the power of Retinol for rejuvenating the delicate skin around your eyes:

Q: What are the specific needs of the skin in the eye and under-eye area, and how does ageing affect it?

A: The periorbital area, or the area around the eye, is incredibly delicate and prone to ageing due to its thin and fragile nature. With ageing, the skin around the eyes becomes drier and less elastic, leading to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Factors such as decreased collagen and elastin production, as well as changes in bony structures beneath the skin, contribute to ageing around the eyes. Additionally, external factors like environmental stressors can exacerbate issues such as dark circles and puffiness, making the eyes appear tired.

Q: How can Retinol/tretinoin help improve the eye area, and what is its mechanism of action?

A: Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A, is a powerful ingredient known for its ability to promote cell turnover, stimulate collagen production, and improve skin texture. When applied to the eye area, Retinol works by increasing epidermal proliferation, compacting the stratum corneum, and promoting the synthesis of glycosaminoglycans. This leads to thicker, firmer skin and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation. However, it’s essential to use Retinol cautiously around the eyes due to the delicate nature of the skin in this area.

Q: What factors should be considered when prescribing tretinoin or suggesting Retinol products for the under-eye area?

A: It’s crucial to start with a lower concentration of Retinol and gradually increase usage to minimize potential side effects like irritation or dryness. Patients with sensitive or dry skin should use Retinol with caution and may benefit from patch testing before applying it around the eyes. Additionally, individuals using Retinol should always wear sunscreen during the day to protect their skin from UV damage.

Q: How does the eye and under-eye area differ from the rest of the face, and does Retinol affect this type of skin differently?

A: The skin around the eyes is thinner and more sensitive than the rest of the face, making it more prone to signs of ageing. While Retinol can be beneficial for addressing issues like fine lines and wrinkles, it’s essential to choose formulations specifically designed for the eye area and to use them cautiously to avoid irritation.

Q: What types of patients are good candidates for Retinol/tretinoin under the eyes, and who wouldn’t be a great candidate?

A: Retinol can benefit individuals of all ages looking to address signs of ageing around the eyes, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. However, it may not be suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women or those with sensitive skin conditions like eczema.

Q: Do you have any golden rules or guidelines for Retinol use in the eye area?

A: Start with a low concentration of Retinol and gradually increase usage to minimize irritation. Always wear sunscreen during the day when using Retinol, and discontinue use if irritation occurs. Consistency is key to seeing results with Retinol.

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