About Fusion A Luminosity Retinoid Concentrate
Retinoid Concentrate *updated from Molecular Serum July 26, 2022
Retinaldehyde (Retinal) - Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (Granactive Retinoid) - All Trans Retinol
The combination of these retinoids create a very powerful product.
We consider this our Level #4. Only move to this percentage once you have used our Fusion A .35% for several months without irritation, or if you are coming from a retinoic acid prescription and are looking for an over the counter option.
Over the decades vitamin A has proven it has a huge array of benefits to offer your skin. Far from fluff, they are one of the most highly regarded ingredients used and recommended by doctors for a reason. Here are a few:
- Prevent premature aging.
- Stimulate the growth of new skin cells.
- Increase elasticity.
- Lessen or remove hyperpigmentation/melasma.
- Unclog pores. Reduce sebum production.
- Minimize pores.
- Antioxidant effects.
What retinoids are in Fusion A?
We have created a Super Concentrate of the best options for you – short of an actual prescription from your doctor.
- Retinaldehyde (retinal). This is a retinoic acid precursor. It is one step under the pure vitamin A acid prescription. Mostly studied regarding its ability to increase the epidermal thickness in human skin . This has been the strongest non-prescription retinoid available over the counter for decades.
- Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (Granactive Retinoid). Here is the newest member of the retinoid family. This is an ester of pure retinoic acid. Clinical studies have shown it works very similar to presctiption. It does not need to be converted (remember how important that was?), and instantly binds with the skin’s receptors to give the same results – without the irritation.
- All Trans Retinol (retinol). This is one of the most readily used. It is 2 steps away from the top. It is considered a more tolerable version for those with sensitivity to the strongest forms.
This is a perfect alternative to an expensive script.
If you have reached this page first on our website. Please understand this is not a starter percentage. Please consider our other versions first.
Alternate available strengths:
What has stopped you from using retinoids up until this point?
- Frankly, I am Alarmed at the wildly fluctuating percentages available. I don't know what is real.
- I am not sure what kind of retinoid is going to be best for my skin.
Let's address your first concern - and it IS a big one. How much retinol is really in that product?
Did you know that if we wanted to (which we do NOT) we could list that we actually have MORE of the active retinol in our product than we do? It's true, and many unscrupulous companies like to use this bit of trickery on their customers.
What they like to do is claim a percentage of an "active ingredient blend/complex" instead of the Actual Percentage of the Active ingredient.
Here is a great example: 15D is a patented blend of retinol that manufacturers use. There are several ingredients in that "active ingredient" ... but only 15% of that bottle is retinol. The other 85% is other inert liquids. Many like to pretend that active ingredient blend is 100% .. .. instead of only 15%. This is what happens when they do that.
1% of 15D = 0.15% formula. *We could say we have a 1% serum... but do we? No, it is a 0.15%.
2% of 15D = 0.30% formula. *We could say we have a 2% serum... but do we? No, it is a 0.30%.
Granactive Retinoate comes in a 10% formula. ... so you can see how those claims get out of hand as well!
1% Granactive is really 0.10%
2% Granactive is really 0.20% ....
Can other companies be unscrupulous like that? They can, and we know that you will feel more confident with us knowing that we only work with the Finished Percentage of the Actual Active Ingredients.
What that means is that this Fusion A Luminosity .55% has .55% of retinoid in it.
NOT .55% of a blend... or 5% ..or whatever is being claimed.
Now you can see how some products have an active amount of 1, 2, or even 10%. The truth is = they don't.
Let's move on to your next concern.
What are the common retinoids and what is best for you?
Retinoids are a class of chemical compounds related to Vitamin A. They are broken down into four main categories from mildest to strongest: retinyl esters, retinol, retinaldehyde and retinoic acid.
Retinoic acid requires a prescription. It is the vitamin in its strongest acid form. Its percentages range from 0.025% - 0.10%. It can cause redness and visible peeling that can be quite uncomfortable for many skin tolerances, and can take several months and up to a year to acclimate to.
If you would prefer to avoid the intense acclimation period of prescription retinoids, then an over-the-counter version is the solution for you.
A concentrate like Fusion A is going to give you significant advantages over the pure acid form, and will far outperform other singular, or lesser versions of the vitamin.
Due to the intensity of our ingredients, you still may find that there can be dryness and some possible irritation as you start use of our product. There are many ways to gently move into a product such as this.
Start by choosing the correct percentage.
- If you are brand new to retinoids, always choose the mildest percentage. That would be our 0.15%.
- If you are a long-time OTC retinoid user, the 0.25% would be a good option for you.
- If you are coming directly from the milder forms of retinoic acid (0.025 0.030) then our 0.35 is a nice choice.
- If you are a long-time high strength retinA™ user, then use our Luminosity .55% here as your OTC option. You are on the right page!
Start by using the product only a couple of times per week.
Always ease into your retinoid use. Never just start applying it every day. Start with 2 days a week and then 3, and then just add on more as you go. There is no need to be dry and flaking or irritated when starting a program. If you find your skin is reacting…. Take a step back. In a few days start again. It is a process and your skin will acclimate.
Another way to ease into retinoid use is to dilute it with another cream or serum. This is a way to use it more days a week… but to weaken it a bit. Take one pump of your Fusion A and mix it with 1 pump of another product you have. Voila! You now have ½ the %. Increase use as you move forward.
If you are already in Love with Retinoids, and want to find a way to get more into your life, take a look at our SUPER STRENGTH VITAMIN A DREAM PEEL.
Other uses for this product: This product can also be used as a step #2 for a TCA or Jessners peel. See our Luminosity Method .6ml bottle if you would like a small size for this purpose only.
See more FAQ regarding our Fusion A usage on our main page here.
Purified Water, Capric/- Caprylic Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Dimethiconol, Squalane, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycol Stearate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Retinal, PEG 20, Phospholipids, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Glycerine, Retinol, Ceramide NP, Ascorbic Acid,
Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. pH 5.5 1oz./30ml
Wash face and apply 1-2 pumps to the face and neck. Follow with other serums and creams as needed.
Warning: Retinoids should be started gradually. Use the product 1-3x per week and add on more days as your skin acclimates. Alternatively, for very sensitive skin types, you may dilute Fusion A by mixing it with another serum or cream and then apply both together.
Warning: Oral retinoid, Accutane can cause birth defects. As of "current knowledge" it is considered best practice to avoid any topical retinoids as well during pregnancy. Some doctors are challenging this and may consider OTC ok. Always check with your practioner to determine what is best for you. We suggest considering Essentials FX with bakuchiol as an alternative.