Retinol derived from vitamin A is commonly used for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. However, retinol can cause side effects in some people, and beta glucan is the answer to solve some of these problems. Why and how does beta glucan work? Can I use them together or separately? Here are the answers to those key questions!!
- Do I have to use the beta glucan with topical retinol?
Retinol can make your skin feel very dry. WebMD recommends people should use a moisturizer along with topical retinols. Regardless of experiencing side effects, we strongly recommend you concomitantly apply a moisturizer, and beta glucan is one of the most potent solutions.
- What is the scientific mechanism of beta glucan to prevent and relief retinol side effects?
Retinol could cause a sensitivity to sunlight, dryness, skin color changes and redness as side effects, and beta glucan deals with these issues.
First, beta glucan penetrates dermis, stimulates macrophages and promotes production of multiple growth factors that enhance cells’ ability to synthesize collagen. As a result, it reduces risks of possible skin problems, such as redness and blemishes.
Lastly, beta glucan has a superior moisturizing effect as you know. It retains moisture after putting on the retinol and prevents dryness.
- Are there any possible negative side effects by using both in conjunction with one another?
There aren’t any reported side effects of using beta glucan and retinols together. So, we don’t believe there will be negative effects from using both simultaneously. They would rather give synergic skin benefits.
- What is the order if I use both?
Some dermatologists suggest you apply retinol first and then putting beta glucan on top. As mentioned above, retinol could make your skin more sensitive and dry, and beta glucan forms a thin film on the skin to retain moisture and protect from harmful stimuli.
- When is the best time to start using beta glucan, if I decided to try retinol?
It is okay to start using both products simultaneously. However, we recommend you use beta glucan a couple of weeks before starting retinol. Because beta glucan can enhance skin immunity by stimulating immune cells, introduction of beta glucan to your skin routine prior to retinol regimen could minimize possible retinol-associated side effects.