Are Retinoids The Same Or Different From Retinoic Acid?
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Retinoid is a general term used to describe chemical compounds that are derived from vitamin A or have a vitamin A component in it. Retinoids are classified into generation 1 retinoids, generation 2 retinoids, and generation 3 retinoids. Retinoic acid is one of the first generation retinoids. Basically, retinoic acid is the end product of vitamin A metabolism. All retinol and retinoids will eventually be converted into retinoic acid.
Creams containing retinoic acid are anti-acne and anti-wrinkle creams that can have an immediate effect on the skin (no need to go through the chemical structure change step again).
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