Is Retinol Safe to Use Around The Eyes?
According to Dr. Mark Lees, a skin care expert and author of the book “The Skin Care Answer Book“, retinol is great for facial fine wrinkles, including areas around the eyes. As long as you do not get it into the eyelid margin, it is safe. However, since the eyelid skin is very thin and sensitive, you need to start slow to minimize irritation and dryness of the treatment area. Otherwise, the dryness and irritation will make the wrinkles more obvious. Try to start 2-3 times per week and put simple moisturizer on top of it. Once you get used to it, you can use every night. He suggests that you start with lower strength of retinol, such as 0.01% or 0.025%.
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