Retinol

Retinol

RATING: EXCELLENT

  • CAS number: 68-26-8 / 11103-57-4 – Vitamin A
  • Origin(s): Synthetic
  • INCI name: RETINOL

QUICK FACTS

  • Also known as retinoids and vitamin A
  • Retinol is a form a vitamin A and can be found in a number of over the counter and prescription skincare products
  • Retinol is able to increase the skin cell turnover over making it a potent ingredient for combating signs of ageing and blemish concerns, such as acne
  • You must ensure you introduce retinol into your skincare routine slowly to avoid any skin irritation this ingredient is famous for creating
  • Exposure to UV light renders retinol useless meaning it is most effective when applied in your evening routine

WHO CAN USE RETINOL?

Retinol is a highly potent ingredient that can cause irritation very easily if used incorrectly in your daily skincare routine. Many skin types can use it, however, should be avoided by those with sensitive skin that is prone to redness and other skin concerns such as eczema and rosacea.

WHAT IS RETINOL?

Retinol is a form of vitamin A and is often added to skincare routine to promote rapid skin renewal. It is a powerhouse ingredient for combating signs of ageing, from fine lines to sagging skin and can also help manage blemish-prone skin types by reducing how frequently they experience breakouts and acne. Other concerns such as pigmentation, left behind from sun damage can also be treated with the topical application of retinol. Introducing retinol to your routine is not a quick task, but in fact requires you to start by applying it once a week to allow the skin to build its tolerance to the ingredient. By doing this slowly you will avoid any irritation, rashes, redness and tightness occurring. After roughly 4 weeks of committed application you will see a marked improvement in your overall complexion.

SIDE EFFECTS OF RETINOL

If used incorrectly retinol can cause a large amount of skin reactions, some are mild, such as tightness and dry areas on the face, whilst some are more severe leaving burns and rashes on the skin. It is highly important you introduce retinol to your routine slowly and correctly to avoid these side effects. If you have any concerns with using retinol it is advice to seek the help of a GP or dermatologist.

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Mar 1, 2016, A comparative study of the effects of retinol and retinoic acid on histological, molecular, and clinical properties of human skin
  • Journal of Drugs in Dermatology : JDD [2015, 14(3):271-280], One-year topical stabilized retinol treatment improves photodamaged skin in a double-blind, vehicle-controlled trial.
  • Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD., 2015 Jan;14(1):24-30., A randomized, double-blind, split-face study comparing the efficacy and tolerability of three retinol-based products vs. three tretinoin-based products in subjects with moderate to severe facial photodamage.
  • Levin, Jacquelyn, and Saira B. Momin. “How much do we really know about our favorite cosmeceutical ingredients?.” The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology 3.2 (2010): 22.
  • Mukherjee, Siddharth, et al. “Retinoids in the treatment of skin aging: an overview of clinical efficacy and safety.” Clinical interventions in aging 1.4 (2006): 327.
  • Journal of Investigative Dermatology, September 1997, Pages 301-305, Unoccluded Retinol Penetrates Human Skin In Vivo More Effectively Than Unoccluded Retinyl Palmitate or Retinoic Acid
  • Leslie Baumann, MD, Cosmetic Dermatology, 2nd edition, Retinoids, Chapter 30 – pages 256-262

RELATED BLOG POSTS

TRY OUR BEST-SELLING SKINCARE PRODUCTS

Treat your skin today with one of our best-selling skincare products.

DON'T MISS POPULAR BLOG POSTS

Popular dose of skincare tips, tricks, and ingredient recommendations.

What Serum Do I Need?

When it comes to skincare products, there is nothing quite like serums! Not only do they cater for such a large amount of skin types and concerns, but there are also a great variety of consistency ...
Mar 3, 2021  by  Jessica

Are Serum and Toner the Same Thing?

I’ll be the first to admit that skincare products can be very confusing, especially when you are trying to use them in a daily skincare routine. We often get sent a few questions about which produc...
Mar 2, 2021  by  Jessica

How to Get Rid of Hard Skin on Feet Naturally?

The self care movement has gained a lot of following this last year, we have all invested some time in looking after our skin, hair, body and wellness but there is always one area that gets forgott...
Feb 26, 2021  by  Jessica

How to Get Glowing Skin Naturally?

We all aspire to have that healthy glowing skin but achieving it can often be a challenge in itself. When our skin is at its healthiest state and functioning its daily processes properly, there is ...
Feb 24, 2021  by  Jessica

How to Tighten Sagging Skin on Face?

It’s funny how as soon as soon as you come to terms with the fine lines and wrinkles that develop on your skin over time, skin sagging begins to make an appearance. When it comes to skin sagging ho...
Feb 17, 2021  by  Jessica

How to get clear skin?

It may seem that at times achieving clear skin feels as though it is a dream that will never become a reality. The thing about spots and blemishes, no matter what you do there are so many factors t...
Feb 11, 2021  by  Jessica

What Makes Mature Skin Look Dull?

When it comes to ageing, our skin is usually the main area we focus on. With countless formulas claiming a mind-fogging amount of benefits it can become very confusing when trying to remain on top ...
Feb 9, 2021  by  Jessica

Is My Skin Dry or Dehydrated?

It is an easy mistake to make confusing dry skin for dehydration, a frequent mishap that even the biggest skincare fan can make sometimes. But what exactly is the difference between the two? Are yo...
Feb 4, 2021  by  Jessica

How to Get Rid of Dark Spots on Face?

All of us have experienced dark spots once or twice in our lives, from the freckles scattered across the nose after a long, hot summer, to the dark spots left behind by a recent breakout. There are...
Feb 3, 2021  by  Jessica

How Can You Reduce Enlarged Pores?

I’m going to start today’s post with complete honesty, and that is however hard you try, you will never be able to rid the skin of your pores. Pores are a vital part of the skin structure and you s...
Jan 28, 2021  by  Jessica

How to Tackle Hyperpigmentation Around the Mouth?

Tackling hyperpigmentation can feel very daunting, but in recent years it has become somewhat easier to treat. There are a number of products available all containing skin ingredients that can help...
Jan 26, 2021  by  Jessica

Should I Wash My Face in The Morning If I Have Oily Skin

Having oily skin has got to be the trickiest skin types to have, although having other types is no walk in the park. In my opinion however, oily skin types are often met with a continuous change of...
Jan 22, 2021  by  Jessica