Retinyl Palmitate, Retinyl Acetate, Retinyl Linoleate, Retinyl Propionate, Retinoic Acid.
Derived from vitamin A, retinol is the queen of aging care. Like a vitamin steroid for your skin, it works at a cellular level to increase collagen production. It is the most reliable ingredient in reducing wrinkles, age spots and hyperpigmentation. Although a well-known skin savior, it is also a well-known skin irritant due to the high cellular turnover skin experiences when first exposed. Upon initial use peeling, increased sensitivity, dryness and redness are extremely common side effects. Once your skin adjusts these will subside, and to avoid harsher reactions it is recommended to start with a lower retinol percentage to work your way up. Pro-retinols are gentle versions but weaker, so first time users might want to seek products formulated with these before moving to retinol or retinoic acids (by prescription only). Increasing hydrating products and sun protection/SPF (always!) is highly recommended when using retinol products. To see complete results of retinol use, your skin needs to go through its full regeneration cycle which can be up to 12 weeks. And like most beneficial products, the longer the use, the better results you’ll see.
Avoid Using With: BHAs, acne treatments like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, and AHAs. Both being strong exfoliators can cause thinning skin, extreme dryness, redness and irritation when used in combination with retinol products.