The undereye area – sun damage and wrinkles! Retinol or what else can I do?
This was a question from April but you bring up a lot of good issues. First, and you know I have to say this again, please prevent this type of damage with sunglasses, hats and eyelid sunscreen. Try the new SkinCeutical Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50.
A couple of points to consider:
- The eyelid area is usually too thin and sensitive to tolerate most retinoids (Retin A, Renova, even OTC Retinols), unless specifically formulated for that area. Try one like the All-trans Retinol from Replenix.
- If there is an increase in the lines and crepiness (even on the off night), it is usually due to irritation from the product. The way to get a handle on this is to stop the product and use only an eye cream (no actives) or a bland moisturizer for about two weeks and see if it resolves. If it resolves, you’ll know the product was irritating you. If, for any reason, the problem gets worse, you need to see your dermatologist.
- Be sure to use an eye cream in the morning and it’s fine to use one at night under the retinol product, if needed. It will help reduce the chance that irritation will occur. More on eye creams.
Hope this helps, Dr. I