Retinol, an antioxidant, is the best-known skincare ingredient. Retinol increases cell turnover, regulates oil production, and boosts collagen production. Retinol is recommendable for people who are looking for anti-aging solutions, rejuvenate the skin and regain the glow. 

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, targets other skin conditions like acne, dark pigmentation, aids in reducing the signs of aging, and prevents skin from sun damage.

Retinol cream

COMPS – Retinol Creams

Products


Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer


Paula's Choice 1% Retinol treatment



SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Cream



Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair



LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream


BrandOlayPaula's ChoiceSkinCeuticalsNeutrogenaLilyAna Naturals
Size1.7 Ounces1 Ounce1 Ounce1.7 Ounces1.7 Ounces
Ideal ForSuitable for daily usage and oily, dry, and regular skin types.Suitable for combination, dry, regular, and oily skin.It is best for oily, combination, and regular skin types.Suitable for combination, regular, dry, and oily skin.This retinol cream is suitable for all skin types, like acne-prone, oily, and dry.
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Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer


Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol treatment


SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Cream


Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair (Retinol cream + Hyaluronic acid)


LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream


Products Review

1. Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer

Product description and benefits:

  • Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Facial Moisturizer enters deeply into the various surface layers of your skin. The super combination of Vitamin B3 and Retinol complex hydrates your skin for 24 hours and gives you a bounty of benefits. 
  • The product gives you visible improvements in fine lines and wrinkles, brightness, firming, smoothness, dark spots, and pores. 
  • You can wake up and see younger-looking and radiant skin in the morning as the fragrance, dye-free Olay Regenerist retinol absorbs well and enters deep into your skin layers.
  • To see true skin transformation, use this Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Facial Moisturizer daily for 28 days.
  • Unique Vitamin B3 and Retinol combination provides remarkable skin benefits throughout the night with virtually no irritation.
  • Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Facial Moisturizer will do an overnight skin rejuvenation when applying it before bedtime. 
  • This cream hydrates you better than any other retinol product on the market. 

Pros:

Anti-aging Magic. Best for Beginners

The proprietary blend of vitamin B3 + retinol complex in the Olay retinol cream hydrates skin and shows visible improvements in age marks and wrinkles. It smoothens and brightens the skin and removes dark spots and pores. This cream will not cause any irritation. It is free from fragrance and dye, and the cream will not give your face a greasy texture. It is suitable for beginners.

Cons:

The retinoids in the cream – retinol and retinyl propionate; do not provide fast results. The retinoids will degrade and lose their power over time because of jar packaging, as the jar allows air to enter the formulation. There is no assured results as it may vary from people to people. A patch test is recommended before your usage.

BrandOlay
Size1.7 Ounces
Ideal ForSuitable for daily usage and oily, dry, and regular skin types.
Made InUSA
Why is it Special?It treats age-related fine lines and wrinkles.

Key ingredients

  • Retinoid complex: Olay’s super-power proprietary formula transforms your skin and leaves it smoother and brighter in 24 hours. There will be a visible improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone, and dark spots due to this retinol complex.
  • Vitamin B3 (niacinamide): Another ingredient at Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Facial Moisturizer is Vitamin B3. It is the approved ingredient to help the skin retain moisture and keep it highly hydrated. Vitamin B3 helps in skin surface cell turnover and regeneration. It will work in exfoliation to remove the dull skin. 
  • Amino peptide: Amino Peptides, chains of amino acids, are the building blocks of our skin cells. These molecules make our skin look smoother and firmer by improving elastin production.
  • Glycerin: Glycerin in this cream moisturizes your skin and protects your skin barrier, helping the skin hold onto water.

List of ingredients used:

Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Tapioca Starch, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Dimethicone & Dimethiconol Crosspolymer, Retinol, Retinyl Propionate, Niacinamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dimethiconol, Polysorbate 20, Laureth-4, Laureth-7, Aminomethyl Propanol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Disodium EDTA, Polyacrylamide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate Vitamin B3, Peptide. 

How to apply?

  • First, cleanse your skin and remove all dirt particles, oil, or makeup. And if you feel like you need a little extra cleaning, you can use a scrub.
  • Use your complexion concerns with specialized formulas like brightening serums, hydrating mists, or smoothing eye creams. 
  • Apply the cream gently around your face in a circling manner so that the cream spreads to all parts of your face.
  • You can use the Olay retinol cream with an SPF during the daytime, and nourishing formula is vital at night.

Reviews and results: The retinoid complex had shown the following results: 65% of women (between 25 to 34 years) had an improvement in wrinkles after four weeks of using this cream.

Precautions: Avoid any direct contact with your eyes. If any contact occurs, rinse it well with clean water. If your skin starts to irritate, reduce the frequency of cream usage or discontinue use. Recommended to use it with an SPF moisturizer.

2. Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol treatment

Product description and benefits

  • High potent and uniquely formulated retinol solution Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Treatment hydrates your skin and delivers remarkable anti-aging benefits. 
  • Advanced hydrating complex in Paula’s Choice 1% retinol treatment absorbs faster into your skin.
  • This cream diminishes the appearance of age wrinkles and fine lines.
  • The light lotion texture of Paula’s Choice 1% retinol treatment cream provides you with efficient results.
  • This cream has a high-strength – 1% retinol concentration.
  • Licorice, oat extract, and other soothing ingredients help you calm skin redness.
  • You will get much younger-looking, firmer, and radiant skin.
  • Paula’s Choice 1% retinol treatment cream is advisable for all skin types, like regular, dry, mixed, and oily.
  • It diminishes wrinkles by the high-strength formula. 
  • The antioxidant vitamins C and E with hydrating hyaluronic acid and skin-firming peptides deliver advanced anti-aging results.
  • Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment with Peptides and Vitamin C refines pores and firms skin for a radiant, rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.
  • This formula also softens the look of post-acne marks.
  • This product has no fragrance, no parabens, and no fluff.

 

Pros:

1%Retinol product with various Anti-Aging ingredients

This cream contains the most effective dose of retinol (1% concentration) with numerous other well-researched anti-aging ingredients. It is easy to use and combinable with other anti-aging products. The well-designed packaging protects all air- and light-sensitive ingredients safely. This cream is an environmentally-friendly, fragrance-free, and cruelty-free product.

Cons:

1% retinol is a high concentration of retinol that not every skin will tolerate. This cream is not advisable for frequent use.

BrandPaula's Choice
Size1 Ounce
Ideal ForSuitable for combination, dry, regular, and oily skin.
Made InUSA
Why is it Special?It removes fines-lines and wrinkles and gives you an even-toned complexion.

Key ingredients

  • 1% retinol: This high concentration of retinol works fast to give you the perfect result. The controlled release minimizes the sensitivity. 
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C, an antioxidant nutrient, improves skin tone and texture, hydrates the skin, and restores the youthful radiance of your face after a few uses. You can notice an enhancement in the skin brightness, and vitamin C corrects uneven tone.
  • Licorice extract:  Licorice extract soothes the skin irritation and calms down the redness. It inhibits the production of tyrosinase (which helps in melanin production) and reduces the dark spots. Licorice extract can control the production of oil in the skin.
  • Peptides: Peptides, the fragmented portions of proteins, stimulate collagen growth. It helps amp up your skin cells and also helps improve your skin barrier. Even peptides can calm and soothe your skin and heal your skin from the inside out.

List of Ingredients: 

Arctium Lappa⁠, Salix Alba Extract⁠, Cetyl Esters⁠, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate⁠, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate⁠, Retinol⁠, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract⁠, Lecithin⁠, Dimethicone⁠, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1⁠, Glycine Soja Sterols⁠, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7⁠, Glycerin⁠, Sodium Hyaluronate⁠, Allantoin⁠,  Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein⁠, Ceramide NS⁠, Glycyrrhiza Glabra⁠, Tocopheryl Acetate, ⁠Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12⁠.

How to apply?

  • Apply Paula’s Choice 1% retinol treatment cream up to three times a week after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating after checking the skin response. 
  • Increase the frequency gradually to every other day. Finish with a sunscreen SPF when using it in the daytime.
  • Apply only a pea-sized amount of cream and avoid the areas like lips, eyes, eyelids, and corners of the eyes. 
  • You can apply this cream on the perimeter of the orbital bone if desired. 
  • Try combining 2-3 drops of Paula’s Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster to minimize the irritation.
  • Smoothly apply it all over the face and neck. 
  • Before first use, do a patch test for sensitivity.

Reviews and results: 

94% of the users who used Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment cream agreed that their skin felt smoother. 91% of the users noticed an improvement in the firmness of their skin. 85% of the users saw improvisation in their fine lines and wrinkles.

Precautions:

Some people may experience a sensitized reaction to 1% retinol. Do not apply this more frequently if there is no visible reaction after a few applications. Observe well how your skin responds and adjust the usage accordingly. If any redness, flaking, tenderness, or dryness occurs, reduce the frequency of use or mix this Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment cream with Paula’s Choice serum or PM moisturizer and use.

3. SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Cream

 

Product description and benefits:

  • This concentrated facial cream with pure retinol enhances the skin quality and improves the visible signs of aging and pores while minimizing breakouts. 
  • SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Cream is suitable for all skin types, like dry, oily, and combination.
  • It works well for discoloration, acne, and aging issues.
  • SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Cream is the best one for first-time retinol users. This nighttime treatment cream with 0.3% pure retinol, the latest stabilization, and delivery technologies ensures a steady, even release. This cream includes soothing bisabolol ( with antiinflammatory and skin-soothing properties) to minimize irritation.
  • The well-designed package of SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Cream preserves its potency. 
  • This cream promotes your cellular turnover and improves discoloration and blemishes.
  • The formulation is non-comedogenic.
  • SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Cream is fragrance and gluten-free.

Pros:

Light, Non-Greasy, & Easy-to-Use

This retinol cream is easy to use, works fast with your skin, and gives you the best results. The SkinCeuticals retinol is very effective, and you can notice the results within a day or two. It is not abrasive and will not leave your skin sensitive with peeling skin. Face lines will fade, and your skin will change to remarkably younger. Just a thin layer of cream is essential for results. The Skinceuticals Retinol Cream is non-greasy, light, glides on easily, and dries quickly after applying. The fragrance associated with this retinol cream is very minimal.

Cons:

Some people experienced some redness and peeling in their very first use. Some reported that they did not notice a difference in anything besides the irritation with their skin. This retinol cream is expensive compared to other retinol products.

BrandSkinCeuticals
Size1 Ounce
Ideal ForIt is best for oily, combination, and regular skin types.
Made InUSA
Why is it Special?It removes discoloration, acne, and age marks.

Key ingredients:

  • 0.3% Retinol: Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, is an effective molecule that promotes cell turnover and helps in removing fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. It helps to minimize the blemishes and refine the appearance of pores.
  • Soothing complex:  The skin-calming blend of Bisabolol and Boswellia Serrata extract provides you soothing benefits and helps in comforting the skin. Bisabolol, also known as alpha-bisabolol or a-bisabolol, is an active ingredient in chamomile. Bisabolol has a lightly floral scent, and it helps with inflammation. Boswellia Serrata reduces skin inflammation and gives a calming feel. These two extracts in SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Cream also play a vital role in skin firmness and wrinkle reduction.

List of ingredients used:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Alcohol Denat., Dipropylene Glycol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Isopropyl Myristate, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Citrate, Dimethiconol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Bht, Propyl Gallate, Bisabolol, Citric Acid.

How to apply?

  • Use this retinol night cream for evening use, as the ingredient retinol increases the photosensitivity.
  • Once you start using this retinol cream, follow with a high-protection, broad-spectrum sunscreen during the day to avoid the damage caused by sunlight.
  • Wash your face clean with your face wash and wash out all dust and oil presence before applying retinol cream.
  • Take only a pea-sized amount of cream and apply it all over the face except the eye area.
  • After the skin absorbs the cream, you can continue your skincare routine.
  • Limit using SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Cream to 1-2 times per week, and then increase the frequency gradually every night as tolerated.

Reviews and results:

Users noticed more improvement in their skin without harsh irritation or rashes. This cream has done line softening in many people, and they found that pores have shrunk in many areas. Many users reported that exfoliating their skin was not as harsh as other retinol. This lower percentage of retinol is the best for people with sensitive skin. 

Precautions: 

As a precaution, pregnant women or women planning for pregnancy should avoid using retinol. Still, there are no reports of topical retinol having any adverse effect on fetal development. But it is always better to consult a physician before starting your retinol journey. Discontinue using this cream if you find any severe irritation, redness, or rashes.

4.Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair (Retinol cream + Hyaluronic acid) 

 

Product description and benefits:

  • The patented accelerated formula of Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating cream comes with a combined dermatologist-proven retinol, glucose complex, and Hyaluronic acid to effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • This cream enlivens your senses with a fresh and fruity experience.
  • It is advisable to use this formulated derm-proven pure retinol, a high-quality retinoid, without a prescription.
  • You can see clinically proven results starting in just one week, and continually you can see improved results over time.
  • This patented technology delivers the retinol slowly to the skin surface to help minimize the potential for irritation and redness.
  • The enriched Moisturizer 2x concentrated formula of Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating cream with antioxidant-rich vitamin C leaves your skin clean and pure and supplies moisture, softness, and radiance.
  • Neutrogena rapid wrinkle repair products contain an accelerated retinol SA that works on the signs of aging. Accelerated Retinol SA includes Glucose Complex, Retinol SA, and Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid).
  • This cream is advisable for all skin types and tones. 

Pros:

Accelerated Retinol S.A Cream

Neutrogena’s retinol cream is non-comedogenic, and it removes wrinkles, lines, and spots. It will not clog your pores while using. The Neutrogena Face Cream contains an accelerated Retinol S.A that works much faster than any other retinol. It will not hurt sensitive and aging skin. It has a high-convenient and hygienic packing. It is the perfect consistency for the best moisturizer. Overall, Neutrogena’s retinol cream is a travel-friendly bottle.

Cons:

Some users reported that they experienced some redness and tingling during the first use. Some users with sensitive skin found some difficulties with this retinol product. Some added that it does not give any brightness to the face. The reviews recorded allergic reactions, like rash, hives, itching, and peeling skin.

BrandNeutrogena
Size1.7 Ounces
Ideal ForSuitable for combination, regular, dry, and oily skin.
Made InUSA
Why is it Special?Recommended by dermatologists to treat age-related fine lines and wrinkles.

Key ingredients: 

Accelerated Retinol SA combines Retinol SA, Glucose Complex, and Hyaluronic acid.

  • Retinol SA: The exclusive sustained action works on your skin effectively and continuously to renew the look throughout the day. Retinol SA helps you smooth wrinkles fast and diminish age spots and marks. The scientifically proven retinol SA is superior to other forms of Vitamin A, such as Pro-Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate, providing multiple skin benefits.
  • Glucose Complex: A Retinol SA improves the skin surface activity and gives you rapid results on fine lines and wrinkles. The glucose complex draws moisture from the environment and locks it into the skin throughout the day. It permeates the deepest layers of your skin to break down the glue that binds skin cells together. This action stimulates cell regeneration and encourages new skin cell production. As a result, you will get younger-looking skin. 
  • Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid adds line plumping moisture into the skin that helps in hydration. It replenishes and rejuvenates the look of skin in all aspects.

List of ingredients used: 

Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Behenate, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ceteareth-20, Cellulose, Sodium Polyacrylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polysorbate 20, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Chlorphenesin, Retinol, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Laureth-7, Ascorbic Acid.

How to apply:

  • Clean your face to remove all the makeup, oil, and dust particles using your face wash cream.
  • Take only a smooth pearl-sized amount of cream and do gentle massaging until fully absorbed.
  • Do not forget to replace and tighten the cap when not in use. As we know, retinol reacts with air and light. To avoid that, you should keep it tightly closed. 
  • It is advisable to apply this cream twice a day to your cleansed face and neck portion.
  • You can use this Neutrogena rapid wrinkle Repair cream for day and night use.  
  • Do a patch test on any area to check the sensitivity and avoid unwanted negative results.

Results and reviews:

They have completed 100 clinical studies on 5,000 patients at five global research centers. Many clinical studies and customer reviews proved that Neutrogena rapid wrinkle repair cream gives smoother skin in 1 day. It reduced the appearance of fine lines in 1 week for many customers. And many results reported that this cream reduced the look of deep wrinkles within four weeks.

Precautions:

Start with a small quantity and less frequency, and then gradually ease retinol into your routine, working up to daily usage as tolerated. Sometimes, you may notice mild redness or flaking (skin exfoliation). It is a usual and temporary indication that the product works well on your skin. Reduce the usage if you notice any continuous effects until your skin adjusts, and only increase as tolerated. Incorporate a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher during daytime use.

5. LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream

Product description and benefits:

  • LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream is an advanced anti-aging cream where the maximum strength retinol formula lifts, brightens, and rejuvenates the skin without the dryness commonly associated with Vitamin A. 
  • The moisturizing formula of aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, green tea, shea butter, and jojoba oil will nurture and hydrate your skin.
  • Pure retinol helps combat the various visible signs of aging, like wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin tone, rough texture, and loss of firmness.
  • You can note a high-potency result with an improvement in the appearance of aging skin, complexion radiance, and natural beauty.
  • With the lightweight texture and zero residues, this retinol cream immediately absorbs the skin and leaves hydrated and refreshed results. 
  • This cream is advisable for sensitive skin. You can safely use this cream around the eyes to protect against dark circles, puffiness, and creepy skin.
  • Use this retinol cream on your hands and neck to help minimize sun spots and UV damage.
  • The powerful Vitamin A formula in LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream reduces the appearance of redness and scars in your skin and smoothes and softens rough and uneven skin texture and tone.
  • This retinol cream helps you banish active blemishes and breakouts without clogging the pores or causing extra irritation.
  • LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream includes only all-natural and vegan ingredients. It is free from artificial colors, fragrances, and gluten.

Pros:

A vegan Solution

The vast majority of users of this product experienced visible results at a lower cost than other competitor products available in the market. You can see noticeable changes in even very deep-set wrinkles, and with consistent use, many users witnessed a visible reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, and pore size. This cream offers you a calming feel and a complete moisturizing solution. It is a vegan, natural, cruelty-free product.

Cons:

Some users with acne-prone skin experience skin irritation in the starting stage, and it does not work great for repairing fine lines and wrinkles in many users. The cream helps to improve hydration and plump the skin, but there are no remarkable changes in age factors.

BrandLilyAna Naturals
Size1.7 Ounces
Ideal ForThis retinol cream is suitable for all skin types, like acne-prone, oily, and dry.
Made InUSA
Why is it Special?It is best for fine-line treatment, hydrating the skin, removing aging marks, and firming.

Key Ingredients: 

  • Aloe vera juice: Aloe vera soothes your irritated and damaged skin. It has cooling abilities that treat scars and wounds. The skin beneficial antioxidant properties of aloe vera keep your skin clear and hydrated.
  • Sunflower seed oil: This oil is rich in Vitamins A and E that promote skin health via their antioxidant properties. It is highly absorbent and does not clog your skin pores. Sunflower seed oil is suitable for all skin types, like dry, normal, acne-prone, and oily.
  • Glycerin (Vegetable Kosher):  It exfoliates, softens, brightens, moisturizes, and protects your skin. Glycerin, as a humectant, retains your skin moisture, relieves dryness, and refreshes the skin surface. It removes the appearance of dark spots, scars, and age spots from your skin.
  • Jojoba seed oil:  Jojoba seed oil boosts your skin glow and fades lines. It has antibacterial properties that reduce acne by controlling bacterial growth and oil production. It can treat conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E offers significant antioxidant properties to help defend against pollution and other environmental stressors that would weaken the skin. Vitamin E in this cream protects your skin from external damaging factors like free radicals and UV damage.
  • Shea-butter: Shea butter makes your skin less oily, protects skin from free radicals, and boosts collagen production and cell regeneration.
  • Vitamin B5: Vitamin B5 gives you clearer skin and prevents bacteria from trapping inside the pores. It will provide you with healthy and vibrant skin. 
  • Green tea extract: Green tree extract has excellent anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties that rejuvenate your skin. It will balance the oil production and minimize UV damage.
  • Retinol (Vitamin A): Retinol fades age marks and dark spots. It will brighten your dull skin by exfoliating at a cellular level. Retinol increases collagen production in the dermis to give many anti-aging benefits.

List of all ingredients: 

Water/Eau, Isopropyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Juice, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cassia Angustifolia (Senna) Seed Extract, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Alcohol, Retinol, Lecithin, Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin.

How to apply:

  • Remove makeup, oil, and dust particles using a proper face wash before applying this retinol cream.  
  • This cream is advisable to use twice a day to your cleansed face – morning and evening.
  • Take only a small amount of cream and gently massage it all over the face until fully absorbed.
  • A patch test is most needed to check the sensitivity and avoid unwanted negative results.

Reviews and results:

More than 60% of the users who used LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream agreed that their skin changed to wrinkle-less. Many users noticed a high-quality improvement in the firmness and smoothness of their skin.

Precautions:

This cream is advisable for external use only. You can use this cream under the eyes but avoid direct contact. If irritation or redness occurs, discontinue use. Keep out of reach of children to avoid harmful incidents. If you are in the pregnancy or nursing stage, you need to consult your doctor beforehand. If the product causes any initial dryness, use it on alternate days with a facial moisturizer. Always wear a sunscreen cream as retinol increases your sun sensitivity.

How To Choose The Best Retinol Cream?

You can see thousands of options and suggestions when choosing a retinol product. If you select a product just by checking the name retinol in the ingredient list, it does not give you the intended results. Because retinol is the trickiest ingredient to work with, and if the retinol in the selected product is not in the proper formulation, you will never see the results you want to see. If you choose the wrong product for your skin, it may give you contrasting gains. Always pick the right retinol product that stays best for you and the skin.

In this section, we can see two things. They are the proper retinol formulation for perfect results and some things you should look for when picking a retinol cream that will work.

Following are the essential things to look for when choosing a retinol product.

  • Know the skin type and choose the perfect one: Are you using retinol for the first time? Or Are you a person expecting a change from one product to another? First, understand your skin type and its needs. Some may have sensitive skin, but some may have dry skin with uneven tone. So it is essential to study the skin before picking a retinol cream. Only the best-formulated cream can give you the expected results when applied once or twice daily.
  • Choose the perfect retinol percentage: Check the percentage of retinol available in the product. Some skin needs less concentration, while others require a high concentration level to show better results. Finding the right retinol concentration that your skin can bear is necessary. The concentration of retinol less than 0.5% can also be effective for helping combat the signs of aging, reducing the appearance of prominent pores, improving skin texture and tone, and generally making the skin look better. Trying up to a 1% concentration may work for deep wrinkles and pronounced discoloration. 
  • Check the retinol cream packaging: Retinol is sensitive and reacts quickly to temperature changes. Retinol deactivates if the content inside the bottle gets sunlight. So it is essential to look for a retinol product with the perfect packaging. It is a terrible move to pick a product in a clear bottle with no box. Because sitting on a shelf under lights for months may impact its chemical formulation and results. Retinol cream in opaque packaging will be good for results and shelf life. We have to keep this bottle out of the heat, sunlight, and car during summers. 
  • Choose the retinol product in an airless container: Not only the heat and sunlight affect the retinol products. But also oxygen is the factor that affects sensitive ingredients like retinol. The retinol product in an airless container is the best. Only the airtight package can keep the product potent until the last drop. One point is that we cannot see the amount of cream available through an opaque airless bottle. But this inconvenience is also worthwhile in the case of retinol products. When air enters the cream, it breaks down the formula easily, and the cream loses its effectiveness halfway through the bottle.
  • Choose a trusted and reputable brand: Only a skilled and experienced formulator can make an effective retinol product. When choosing a reputable brand, consider factors like the formula used, percentage and proportions of retinol, its stability, and its effects on the skin. Read customer reviews, check the product’s official website, and get suggestions from your friends to choose the right one from the pool of products. 
  • Know well about the forms of retinol: It is essential to check the form of the retinol available in the selected product. Retinol will convert into retinoic acid when a person applies it to the skin. But we can see some other OTC retinoids are available. They are retinaldehyde and retinyl palmitate. These two are also like retinol, a vitamin A derivative, but they require additional conversion before turning into retinoic acid. Thus they become slightly less potent than retinol. 

Get an idea about how the new product impacts the cosmetic treatments: 

If you are a person looking to take a cosmetic procedure? Or If you have undergone any cosmetic treatments before? Then check with your doctor before planning to use retinol cream. Generally, doctors advise stopping retinol before one week of treatment procedures. 

Consider all the mentioned factors before choosing a retinol cream for your skin. Follow these valuable rules to get the most benefit for your skin, and avoid some popular extras.

  • Do not fall for colors and smells. If you want to get the perfect result for sensitive or dry skin, experts advise avoiding added color combinations and perfumes that are unnecessary and potentially irritating ingredients. Read the ingredients and specifications rather than choosing one based on the appearance and color. 
  • Select one that is skin-sensitive.
  • In most cases, a brand that matches our body skin is not always good for the face skin as our body skin and face skin are different. It is advisable to avoid the same brand from which you buy your body products. 
  • Avoid products with unnecessary acids added to a retinol cream. These ingredients penetrate the skin in-depth and affect dry and sensitive skin.

Biggest Trends In Types Of Retinol Creams

Only the best retinol cream can fit your skin type and individual concerns and needs. But it is fun to try new ingredient combinations with retinol or switch up the products in the routine with new formulas. Here, we can discuss the biggest retinol trends and the types that will rule the beauty products industry this year. 

  • Combination of Retinol and hyaluronic acid
  • Combination of Retinol and vitamin C
  • Combination of Retinol and lactic acid 
  • Combination of Retinol and dead sea minerals
  • Combination of Retinol and niacinamide 
  • Combination of retinol, vitamin E, and peptides
  • Combination of retinol hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, vitamin E, vitamin C, and green tea
  • Combination of retinol, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin

Retinol (vitamin A) boosts collagen production and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It prevents cell damage, skin aging, and skin diseases and protects the skin from environmental factors like pollution and UV radiation. Vitamin A with retinol treats acne in both adolescents and adults. This combination can help exfoliate skin on the surface, removing dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from pores to prevent pimples.

  • Combination of retinol and hyaluronic acid: This combination will give you the results of both retinol and hyaluronic acid. Generally, hyaluronic acid promotes skin health and fights against the signs of aging. It is a popular skincare treatment and works as an anti-aging ingredient. They reduce wrinkles and make your face look better overall. Research states that hyaluronic acid improves soft tissue growth, collagen, and elastin production. It prevents skin tightness and scarring.

  • Combination of Retinol and vitamin C: With this combination, you can utilize the benefits of both retinol and vitamin C. Adding vitamin C to your skin will brighten the skin complexion and protect the skin from external damage, like dust, UV rays, etc. Vitamin C, an antioxidant, gives an even skin tone, produces a youthful plump on the face, heals wounds on the skin, cleans out blackspots, prevents premature aging, repairs damaged skin, and removes the shades of wrinkles fine lines.
  • Combination of Retinol and lactic acid: Lactic acid is the popular over-the-counter chemical exfoliant that removes dead cells from the skin surface. It can significantly improve the skin texture and help the skin look naturally hydrated. Generally, lactic acid drives cell turnover and eliminates the unwanted accumulated dead skin cells from the epidermis – the upper layer of the skin. Along with retinol, lactic acid removes the age spots and reduces the wrinkles and highly-visible pores.
  • Combination of Retinol and dead sea minerals: Here, the dead-sea mineral, hydrator of dry skin, directly strengthens the skin’s lipid barrier. It acts as an exfoliator, and it helps you flake off the dead skin cells and speed up the skin’s rejuvenation process. It also offers you livelier skin overall. These minerals fight against acne and help to keep moisture locked into the skin. Thus, your skin will look fresh and moisturized all day long. Using this retinol and dead sea mineral combination can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and stop new ones from popping up.
  • Combination of Retinol with niacinamide: Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B-3, is an essential nutrient for skincare. Vitamin B-3 plays a vital role in cell repair. The anti-inflammatory property of niacinamide makes it an effective treatment for skin conditions like acne. You can see significant improvements in hyperpigmentation spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. It will minimize the enlarged pores that give an orange peel textured skin to your skin, restore skin defenses against moisture loss and dehydration, and even out the skin tone and color differences from sun damage.
  • Combination of retinol, vitamin E, and peptides: Vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin, helps skin keep moisture, protects cells from destruction, and effectively softens skin. Applying retinol with vitamin E overnight helps as an anti-aging treatment. The peptide will improve skin barriers that help the skin fight against bacteria, ultraviolet rays, pollution, and other toxins. The peptides force your skin to produce more elastin (elastin makes skin look firmer and tauter), eases inflammation, even out skin tone, repair skin damage, and kill bacteria that cause acne.

  • Combination of retinol, hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, vitamin E, vitamin C, and green tea: In this type of cream, jojoba oil, a potent moisturizer, boosts skin hydration, diminishes skin dullness, and up your glow. Jojoba oil is a great and effective anti-aging ingredient that removes the symptoms of age from your face. It prevents bacterial infections and acne, helps your skin fight against oxidative stress caused by pollutants and other toxins, and leads to fewer breakouts and less severe acne. Green tea reduces the red skin bumps and acne on the face and improves skin elasticity. 
  • Combination of retinol, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin: This combination allows the skin to retain moisture. It increases skin hydration, reduces skin dryness, and gives a refreshing look to your skin. With its antimicrobial properties, glycerin protects the skin from harmful microorganisms. It brightens the skin’s dull complexion and minimizes the appearance of dark spots, scars, and age signs.

Best Retinol Cream For Acne

Retinol can help your skin unclog pores, making it an effective acne treatment. It works on your skin to reduce the various signs of aging and improves the skin’s texture and tone. People can use retinol to treat mild-to-moderate acne as retinol is less potent than prescription-strength retinoids.

Our suggestions:

  • LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream

Shea Butter in this product has an anti-inflammatory property that helps your skin reduce the appearance and redness of heavy acne scars. It fades their impact over time and regains the confidence that comes with clear skin. Jojoba oil in this product has soothing, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties that can help you avoid skin breakouts and promote healing for mild acne. Another ingredient, hyaluronic acid, reduces the redness and the visible appearance of acne. Hyaluronic acid will also protect your skin and help your acne-prone skin from external disturbances.

Best Retinol Cream For Dry skin

People with dry skin can use retinol cream without any worries. Here are our suggestions for dry skin.

  • Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair (Retinol cream + Hyaluronic acid)

Hyaluronic acid in this product is helpful for dry skin as it increases the skin’s elasticity and reduces the roughness in texture by filling the skin with the needed moisture content. This ingredient improves the overall skin appearance and reduces unwanted bumps and fine lines.

  • Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol treatment

Licorice extract in this product infuses your skin with deep hydration to soothe various irritations and redness. Another ingredient, Vitamin C, in this product creates collagen in the skin. The antioxidants in vitamin C stimulate cell repair and restore UV damage on your skin.

Best Retinol Cream For Oily skin

Yes! Retinol creams are beneficial for people with oily skin. It will increase cell turnover, boost collagen production on your skin, and regulate oil production to help oily skin. You can see so many products on the market that can create tremendous changes to your oily skin. Here is our suggestion for oily skin.

  • Olay Regenerist Retinol 24-Night Moisturizer

Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) in this product will enhance your skin clarity and will be helpful for oily and blemish-prone skin types. Niacinamide will keep your skin complexion clearer, smoother, and even-toned by balancing the oil production and inflammatory responses. The retinoid complex in this product also slows down the oil production on your skin and makes the skin less shiny.

  • Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol treatment

Vitamin C in this product is ideal for people with oily skin. It controls excess oil production on your skin, hydrates skin intensely, and boosts collagen to make your skin healthier and firmer.

Best Retinol Cream For Sensitive skin

People with sensitive skin can use retinol cream as it does not develop any side effects. Here is the suggestion for retinol cream for sensitive skin people.

Our suggestions:

  • Olay Regenerist Retinol 24-Night Moisturizer

Niacinamide improves skin hydration by preventing moisture evaporation from the skin into the external environment. It is a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient that calms irritated skin, which makes it valuable for people with sensitive skin.

  • SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Cream

Bisabolol in this product protects your skin from free radicals, helping to keep signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines at bay. It has soothing qualities that treat and calm inflammations on sensitive skin that get easily irritated.

Best Retinol Cream For Mature skin

Retinols are suitable for mature skin to treat fine lines and wrinkles. These creams are helpful for your skin to improve collagen production, and they soften wrinkles and fine lines. Here is our list of suggestions for mature skin people.

  • Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair (Retinol cream + Hyaluronic acid)

Hyaluronic acid in this product is the perfect option for mature skin. It handles all the changes that our skin experiences as we age. Some people may experience sensitivity, redness, dryness, and adult acne with aging. Hyaluronic acid, a non-irritating ingredient, can handle all these conditions on any skin type. Mature skin will not get any side effects from hyaluronic acid. 

  • Olay Regenerist Retinol 24-Night Moisturizer

This product has glycerin that moisturizes aging skin by providing your skin with moisture and pulling it from the second layer. It will tighten and firm the mature skin and give a fresh and revitalized appearance by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Best Retinol Cream For Dark spots

Retinol cream is a wise option for dark spots on your skin. It will effectively lighten your skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots. How does this cream do that? It promotes skin shedding to improve the cell turnover rate and hinders the activity of the enzyme called tyrosinase. This enzyme is responsible for melanin production. Here is our suggestions list of retinol cream for dark spots.

  • Olay Regenerist Retinol 24-Night Moisturizer

This product contains niacinamide that stimulates collagen production on your skin to treat wrinkles and fine lines. It improves your skin volume to give a plump look and also breaks down excess melanin to reduce dark spots and pigmentation. Thus, this product becomes a suitable choice for fading dark spots.

  • Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol treatment

This product has a retinol and vitamin C combination that may lighten skin patches, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots on your skin. Within days, you will see a noticeable improvement in your dark marks with this product. 

Best Retinol Cream For African-American skin

African-American people with dark skin pigmentation have high melanin content (especially eumelanin). They also have high melanosome content that provides superior protection against the effects of ultraviolet radiation. This skin type needs some additional care like other skin types. Here are some suggestions for retinol cream for African-American skin types.

Our suggestion:

  • Olay Regenerist Retinol 24-Night Moisturizer

Niacinamide in this product is safe to use on darker skin tones as they improve the depth of tone, glow, and luminescence. Also, retinol in this product is more beneficial for African-American skin as it lightens skin tones. 

Best Retinol Cream For Teens

Handling teenage skin is always tedious, and you have to consider many factors while buying a skincare product for teen skin. The biggest concern in teen skin is acne formation due to hormonal variations. Here, pouring our suggestions for retinol cream for teen skin.

Our suggestions:

  • LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream

Aloe vera in this product has antibacterial properties that help teenage skin control and reduce acne-causing bacteria. Another ingredient, glycerin, is also beneficial for teen skin to treat various teen issues. 

  • Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol treatment

Vitamin C in this product is suitable for teens with uneven pigmentation and dark spots. It will brighten your skin, build collagen, and has antioxidants that boost the strength of SPF. Another ingredient, retinol, helps your skin keep breakouts in teenagers at bay. Retinoids are safe for use in acne-prone teen skin.

Best Retinol Cream For Treat Skin conditions

People may have various facial skin problems and rashes due to some allergic compounds. These skin problems generally affect the face and develop a lot of distress because of their visibility. Some general skin conditions include acne, eczema, allergies, and sensitive skin, which lead to blemishes, irregular pigmentation, and scarring. Here is our list of suggestions for retinol creams for people with various skin conditions.

Our suggestions:

  • SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Cream

Bisabolol in this product can treat various skin conditions like acne, rashes, rosacea, and psoriasis with its anti-inflammatory properties. It can also give relief to conditions associated with frequent skin irritations. 

  • Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair (Retinol cream + Hyaluronic acid) 

Hyaluronic acid in this product is the perfect choice of acid for people with rosacea skin. It has super-hydrating properties that give needed relief for rosacea sufferers. This ingredient has an anti-inflammatory character that tackles redness head-on. It makes your skin more healthy by its powerful antioxidant content.

How To Apply Retinol For Your Skin?

You can start using retinol for your skin hydration. If you are concerned about the aging factors, use the product when you can notice that collagen levels in the skin start decreasing more rapidly. Teens with acne can also use retinol for long-term benefits. They can continue to use the retinoid even after clearing their acne. 

As effective as retinol is when it comes to reversing skin damage, applying this cream to the skin can affect the results. Start using this product only after getting proper instruction from your dermatologist. Because sometimes, it may cause the skin to dry out and cause redness. 

Most dermatologists advise you to start with products that contain a low retinol concentration – between 0.25% – and 0.3%. Then check the result yourself or consult your dermatologists and see how your skin reacts before moving to higher concentrations. 

Every skin has its character and specification. Retinols will give you the correct results when you properly use them. Here are some essential tips that make your retinol journey successful, even if you had any trouble in the past.

Need for patch test:

A patch test is an essential procedure before introducing every new product into your skincare routine. It is applicable for both facial and body care products. It will be most effective to test if the product suits your skin type it works for your skin. This preventive method can save you from experiencing irritation, allergic reactions, and damage to the skin barrier. If you have sensitive skin, severe acne, or reactive skin to new products, you must be more careful. 

You need to do a patch test to find three reactions.

  • Allergies –  Sometimes, products form some allergens. It may cause an itchy rash when it comes in contact with the skin. It may make your skin more uncomfortable, and it causes your skin to dry out and become oily or even trigger nasty breakouts.
  • Irritations: Sometimes, your skin feels irritation, sensations, flakiness, or even a tingling feeling due to some particular ingredient in the product. Do you know the reason? Your skin is simply not responding well to the product formula.
  • Comedogenicity: Sometimes, heavy products with thick consistency can clog your pores, prompting acne to form. A patch test is compulsory for people with oily or acne-prone skin.

How soon can you see the results?

Retinol takes a maximum of 12 weeks to work. It shows some improvements and changes in the skin. But sometimes you can see the result as soon as possible, like in 3 to 4 weeks. 

You can notice the outcome based on two things.

  • Frequency of use – Every person has a different skin type and sensitivity toward chemicals. You can not see the result within one or two applications. Your doctor may suggest the frequency of use only based on your skin type and texture. So retinol may take time to show the result based on the frequency. 
  • Strength of retinol – Generally, over-the-counter retinol products are milder. And the concentration varies from product to product. If you use low concentration, it may take some time. 

Using retinol under the eyes – Is it a good decision?

It is a misconception using retinol under the eyes makes blunders due to the strength of retinol products. But the fact is, it may show a mild irritation when you use it first. You have to give some time for your skin to get familiar with the cream. Do not forget about the patch test before starting every product.

How Does Retinol Work On Your Skin?

Retinol triggers the skin cells of the outer layer of our skin to turnover faster. It prompts more new skin cells to generate. As a result, you will get a smoother and more even-looking skin. Retinol increases the production of natural chemicals like hyaluronic acid (that gives plumpness) in the skin. These natural chemicals will keep the skin moist and plump. Now we can discuss how retinol works on acne appearance improvement, anti-aging treatment, and skin brightening. 

  • How does retinol improve the appearance of acne?

Research by the Journal of Clinical Dermatology and Therapy in 2017 states that retinol effectively treats inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne. It was proven to reduce the appearance of pimples on the face and stop the new production of new spots and acne blemishes.

Do you know how acne forms? Acne forms when the combination of oil particles and dead skin cells collects inside hair follicles on the face. Retinol makes these cells shed and replace them more quickly. Retinol decreases the oil production in these cells, and thus it prevents oil from blocking the pores in the face.

  • How does retinol work in anti-aging treatment? 

Retinol works on your skin as an anti-aging treatment in different ways. Retinol will do magic on the skin by reducing the fine lines and wrinkles, repairing the sun damage, and removing dark spots. Do you know how retinol improves the appearance of wrinkles? Collagen is the protein developed by our body. It maintains the smoothness of our skin. Wrinkles will form on our skin when this collagen production reduces. Retinol improves the blood flow in the skin and thus boosts collagen production. Thus, the fine lines and wrinkles will get reduced by thickening the inner layer of the skin. 

Retinol encourages your skin cell turnover and sheds discolored skin cells. It is how retinol works on sun damage and dark spots. But another fact is retinol makes your skin more susceptible to sun damage. It is advisable to use retinol at night. 

  • How does retinol brighten your skin? 

We get dull skin by pregnancy, sun damage, stress, poor lifestyle habits like smoking and alcohol usage in excess, or environmental pollution. Retinol works on dark skin by calming down the skin cells that produce melanin, a dark pigment. These cells are responsible for skin conditions like melasma (the appearance of patches and spots on the face darker than your natural skin tone). Retinol works on this and makes the skin become healthier and looks brighter.

The Best Night Cream for your Skin Hygiene.

Retinol is recommended to use in the evening because its molecule is unstable in UV light. It breaks down in sunlight and becomes less effective. And retinol changes your skin texture, and thus your skin becomes more prone to sun damage. Retinol causes a thinning of the outer layer of dead skin cells, and therefore it becomes slightly easier to burn in sunlight. Nowadays, you can see many retinol products with different formulations that allow you to use them in the daytime. 

The concentration of retinol for your different skin types:

  • 0.01%-0.03% – for beginners: Even a low concentration can give you a magnificent result. For beginners, these low concentrations work if you have decided to introduce retinol into your skincare routines. A lesser amount of retinol is more good for sensitive skin people. 
  • 0.04%-0.1% – for intermediate level: If you are worried about deep wrinkles or dark spots, it is time to give extra care to your skin and change the retinol game to the next level. If you cannot notice any peeling, redness, or other irritation, you can upgrade to the next level. A higher dose can bring you faster benefits.
  • 0.5% to 2% – for advanced level: 2 % is the highest possible dose. But choose it only if you need it for sure. The higher dose will give you higher benefits, but you will get a higher risk of irritations. Even if your skin can tolerate the retinol, there are always some chances for more problems than it is worth. It is good to move from low concentration to higher only when not getting the expected result. 

Benefits Of Using A Retinol Cream

Retinol changes the behavior of your aged cells and makes them appear more youthful. When you incorporate this into your age preventive skincare routines, it reduces the uneven texture of your skin and makes it look more toned. You can use retinol all over your body to get effective results. Applying vitamin A, especially in retinol form, gives you the following benefits.

  • Retinol is the most effective derivative of the vitamin that you can find in many veggies. This formulation prompts a significant improvement in the well-being and beauty of your skin by repairing damages.
  • Retinol is most known for its anti-aging property because retinol binds with the retinoid receptors on your skin, enhancing cell turnover and stimulating the production of elastin and collagen(skin proteins) to improve your skin structure.
  • Retinol thickens your deeper skin layers and enhances the ability of your skin to retain water. Thus, it improves fine lines and wrinkles on your face and gives you youthful and glowing skin.
  • Retinol thins out the topmost cornified epithelial layer of your skin and enhances the tone and texture.
  • Retinol helps in normalizing the functions of oil glands and their follicles. It helps in controlling acne too.
  • Retinol helps to soften the fine lines and lightening hyperpigmentation in a particular portion of your face skin.
  • Retinol unclog your pores and clears the skin. It prevents further outbreaks from occurring in the future. 
  • Retinoids can boost the results of other medicated creams and gels, helping you get the maximum benefits of whatever treatments you are using.
  • You can buy retinol in your budget. Spending money on retinol may give you 100% satisfaction too. Retinol is an ingredient with more scientifically-proven benefits, making it a reliable investment for your future. 
  • The lower dosage retinol has only fewer side effects than prescription-strength retinoic acid. However, you may take longer to see visible results with lesser concentration. If you have any doubts regarding the required dosage, consult with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon for the best results.

Myths About Retinol

  • Retinols need a purge period: After starting retinoids, only some light flaking and mild breakouts in some acne-prone individuals during the first two to four weeks. It will slow down over time. You need to stick with the retinol for more than four or six weeks, as results show up after twelve weeks. When your skin adapts to retinol, irritation is less likely. You can reduce the dosage if you feel more uncomfortable.
  • Using multiple retinol-based anti-aging products gives a better result:  You will not get a 200% result when you use retinol eye cream, retinol face cream, and retinol serum altogether. Even if you use tons of retinol, your skin can produce only so much collagen in a day. You cannot turn the clock back 20 years by using excessive retinol. 
  • Do not use retinol under your eyes: Actually, retinol can do magic for the under-eye area.
  • Retinols and Retin-A are the same: These both are retinoids. But retinol and Retin-A give you different results based on their chemical formulation and strength. Retin-A is the chemical compound related to vitamin A. It is the brand name used for tretinoin, a synthetic retinoid. Doctors prescribe this for skin rejuvenation and acne as they are more effective than retinol. So both are not the same in any aspect. 
  • Low-concentration retinol does not do anything to your skin: It is a misconception. You can expect a satisfying result from all the retinol concentrations.

Retinol Cream Side Effects

Since it is a powerful ingredient, it causes your skin to redden or peel if you incorporate it into your skincare regimen too quickly or too often. Even though retinol is very helpful for many common skin problems, they are not without risks. Some side effects of retinol cream include dryness and irritation. Sometimes, high concentration or over usage may dry your skin. You can gently wash your face in the water to get relief. When your skin feels dry, apply the moisturizer several times a day. Some allergen-free moisturizing soap can also give you a soothing feel. If dry skin causes itchiness, spread a clean, cool, damp cloth to the affected area or apply an anti-itch cream or ointment. 

  • Skin color changes: You will notice a color change in your skin as a reverse effect. You can treat this with natural remedies. To get a smooth relief from skin color changes, use aloe vera gel, apple cider vinegar (the fastest-acting natural medicine for pigmentation), onion juice (which contains vitamin C) with turmeric, green tea essence, milk, and or curd.  
  • Sensitivity to sunlight: When you regularly use retinol, you make your skin more sensitive. In this case, you can use a sunscreen cream to avoid the after-effects. 
  • Redness, swelling, crusting, or blistering: You can use honey, cucumber, chamomile tea bags, or aloe vera for skin redness. It is better to apply coconut oil or lemon balm on blistering.

Consider these things to avoid negative results with retinol:

New users should not stop using the product when they see some initial itchiness or irritations. It will worsen your skin condition. These instructions let you know the rules you do not do while using retinol.   

  • Do not forget sunscreen: Though retinol works for sun-damaged skin, you should not expose your skin to sunlight without sunscreen protection. If you want to work under high heat for a long duration, sunscreen protection is compulsory. 
  • Do not exfoliate: Retinoids with exfoliating effects naturally boost the skin cell turnover. So, other exfoliation with the retinol product may cause hypersensitive skin and irritation.
  • Do not use retinol daily: There are many misconceptions about the frequency of retinol application. You cannot add retinol to your daily routine. However, you can use the specific amount once or twice a week in the starting level. Your skin takes some time to build up a tolerance to the retinol. When your face does not react much, gradually switch to 3-4 times per week.

Key Takeaways

  • Retinol is the most common and gentler derivative of vitamin A and is available in many over-the-counter skin care products (like moisturizers, serums, eye creams). As retinol is milder, the enzymes in our skin convert it into retinoic acid first. It will become effective after this conversion.
  • Retinoic acid is the product of all retinoids in the absorption journey into the skin. It reduces all the age-related fine lines and wrinkles by increasing collagen production. It will also stimulate the production of new blood vessels in the skin that can improve your skin color and tone. Some additional benefits are fading age spots and softening rough patches.
  • Even though retinol is more beneficial, you need to show extra care if you have a fair or sensitive skin type as it is harder to adjust to the potent ingredient retinol. It is not advisable to use retinol on sun-damaged skin. If you are pregnant, it is better to avoid using retinol.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does retinol thin my skin?

All retinol products cause some mild dryness and redness in the beginning. But, you need to understand that this is a normal process as your skin cell turnover increases. It is not a side effect of using retinol. Retinol stimulates collagen production and helps to thicken your skin. It is beneficial because the natural sign of getting older is skin thinning.

  • Why is it not advisable to use retinol in the sun?

When exposed to light, retinol will become deactivated. And retinol makes your skin more susceptible to sunburn during the first few weeks of use. But it is not good to halt retinol use during the sunny summer months. You can use it year-round, with sure sun protection cream.

  • Why cannot I use retinol during my pregnancy?

Only using oral retinol is not safe while pregnant and breastfeeding. It may cause birth issues. But applying retinol topically to the skin will not cause any damage. So, if you are currently pregnant and using topical retinol, you can discontinue that without any stress.

  • When can I start using a retinol product?

There are no specific rules on how old you should be to use a retinol product. You can start preventatively in your 20s for anti-aging purposes. Over-the-counter retinol can help you in treating mild acne. People with breakouts need a prescription to use this. Prescription retinoids include oral isotretinoin and topical tretinoin.

  • Can I apply sunscreen over retinol?

Yes! Even if you apply retinol at night, it is essential to use sunscreen in the morning. Wearing sunscreen helps you maintain the efficacy of topical retinoids and provides much-needed protection from the sunlight and harmful rays.

  • What are the side effects of using retinol products?

Although retinol is helpful for many skin problems, they include some risks too. They are dryness and irritation, skin color changes, sensitivity to sunlight, swelling, redness, crusting, and blistering.

  • When can I use retinol for a better result?

You can apply it at night after washing your face. Thus, you can be tension-free about the sun sensitivity.

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