Cosmetic Surgery in San Diego

Welcome to the website of Dr. Eugene J. Nowak, a Cosmetic Dermatologist in San Diego. Dr. Nowak knows that a beautiful look is comprehensive: the shape of your body, the tone and texture of your skin and the features of your face! You can trust Dr. Nowak to provide you with the most up-to-date cosmetic treatments available to his patients including laser liposuction, facial fillers, CoolSculpting, and Botox in the South Bay.


What to Consider When Using Retinol

facial rejuvenationThere are thousands of anti-aging products out there: oils to serums to creams. While all of these products promise the same thing — to delay the aging process and reduce its signs — there is one ingredient that has been proven by scientific research to really work and has achieved rockstar status among anti-aging experts — retinol.

Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A, which has been shown in several studies to soften the appearance of fine lines, lighten dark spots, and significantly improve skin texture. Retinol-based products can be acquired either by prescription or over-the-counter. The prescription type, also known as retinoids, is generally stronger and works faster than those that can be bought without prescription.

Whether you’re using retinoids or non-prescription retinol, here’s what you need to know to ensure optimum effectiveness:

  • Products containing retinol and other Vitamin A derivatives should not be used if you are trying to conceive, are already pregnant, or are currently breastfeeding.
  • Retinol products should never be applied to the eyelids and underneath the brows. You can gently apply retinol under the eye area.
  • When it comes to retinol, more isn’t better. Generally, a pea-sized amount for the entire face is recommended.
  • Sunscreen is a must when using retinol during the day.
  • Moisturizer should be applied before applying retinoids because they dry out the skin faster than non-prescription retinols.
  • Vitamins C and E aid retinol in the production of anti-oxidants and protecting skin cells from free radicals. Thus, it may help if you combine retinol with a Vitamin C serum.

At Nowak Aesthetics, we offer both retinoids and non-prescription retinol. Call us at (619) 420-1840 to schedule your private consultation.

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