Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Science and University Honors
Cosmetics industry -- Equipment and supplies, Cosmetics -- Health aspects, Skin -- Care and hygiene, Vitamin A -- Therapeutic use -- Evaluation, Vitamin A -- Physiological effect
In recent years, the beauty industry has profited off our culture’s growing vanity and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. With no certified way to freeze age, many consumers turn to skincare and makeup products that implement retinol as a means to combat wrinkles, even out skin tone, and treat acne. In this meta-analysis, I explore the detrimental side effects of retinol. As consumers of beauty products get younger and younger, they are more susceptible to potential side effects due to their early ages starting the compounds and their prolonged use. Here I examine three potentially dangerous conditions caused by misuse or overuse of retinol; pregnancy complications, infertility, and excessive skin peeling. Methodology used for assessment included a variety of review articles and studies on the topic as sources for this paper to further explore how retinol can have a potentially harmful effect on human physiology.
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Lee, Michelle W., "The Detrimental Side Effects of Retinol : Beyond Beauty Products" (2020). University Honors Theses. Paper 895.