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Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, has gained recognition in the present-day society due to its well known ability to improve the overall appearance of the skin. Retinol aid in restoring collagen loss, helps improve skin texture as well as combat acne and pigmentary issues. However, to reap the maximum benefits of retinol, it is imperative to follow ethical guidelines of proper usage. This article will guide on how to start and use retinol effectively.

To ensure compatibility with your skin, conduct a patch test before using your retinol product. Apply a small pea amount of the product on a discreet area and observe for any adverse negative reactions. If no negative effects are observed after 24 hours, you can hence proceed with the gradual introduction of retinol into your skincare routine.

Start off following a low concentration of retinol and use it only on alternate days initially. This allows your skin to be more adaptive to stronger retinol overtime by building up your skin tolerance. As your skin becomes accustomed to retinol, gradually increase the frequency of application and increase the strength of the retinol product.

To effectively use retinol, it is essential to follow these guidelines:

1. Cleanse:

    • Begin by thoroughly cleansing your face with a acid or enzyme based cleanser to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup residue. This ensures optimal absorption of retinol.

2. Drying Time: Tissue dry your skin an excess water before applying retinol.

3. Pea-sized Amount: Dispense a pea-sized amount of retinol onto your fingertips. This is generally sufficient to cover the entire face.

4. Gentle Application: Gently massage the retinol onto your face using upward motions, avoiding the sensitive eye and lip areas. Allow the product to absorb fully before proceeding with other moisturizer.

*Additionally, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher during the daytime in especially when using retinol product. Retinol increases the skin's sensitivity to sunlight; hence a good broad-spectrum sunscreen is crucial.


The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane Serum

Ordinary Retinol 0.2% Squalane contains 0.2% retinol concentration, making it suitable for retinol new users and sensitive skin. This extra low concentration of retinol allows the retinol to be introduced gently, minimizing the risk of skin irritation.  Squalane helps increase skin moisture, and with its anti-inflammatory properties, can help to address acne and eczema.

Key Ingredients: Retinol 0.3%, Squalane

Pros: Budget friendly, vegan and cruelty-free

Cons: Feedback of hyperpigmentation after using on their official website. May take a longer time to work.

Size: 30ml


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Differin Gel (Adapalene Gel 0.1%)

Previously available only with a prescription, it is now conveniently accessible over-the-counter, allowing individuals to address acne concerns without visiting a dermatologist.

Differin's gel formulation ensures non-comedogenic and non-pore clogging. This property is especially important for those with acne prone or oily skin as it prevents the formation of new pimples.

Differin Gel is suitable for a wide range of skin types including oily, combination and sensitive skin. The gentle formula provides effective acne treatment while minimizing the potential for irritation.

Key Ingredients: Adapalene 0.1% (retinoid)

Pros: Works quicky to combat acne.

Cons: Not for individuals sensitive to Adapalene 0.1%, Some users reported acne flares after use.

Size: 15g


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Ekseption Squalane Retinol Serum 0.3%

A brand that specializes in medical grade chemical peels for skin clinics over 54 countries. This squalane retinol serum has been extensively clinically tested to reduce acne, blemishes, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. With continued use, it contributes to a more even and radiant skin tone.
A serum containing a well-balanced blend of retinol and squalane. Designed specifically for beginners and those with sensitive skin, this formula is gentle enough to help your skin get used to retinol gradually. Squalane is easily absorbed and leaves skin feeling soft, supple and cared for.

Key Ingredients: Retinol (0.3%), Vegan Olive Squalane( 20%), Vitamin E (0.5%)

Pros: Large bottle for economical price. The manufacturer is open to disclose the concentration of ingredients. Uses quality pharmaceutical grade retinol. Works quickly to address skin issue.

Cons: We have not noticed any negative effects.

Size: 75ml

Price: $95

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Ekseption Retin Oil Cream 0.3%

This formula has a unique skin feel that provides an extremely comfortable feel during and after use. Retin oil treatment is ideal for wrinkles and sun-damaged skin. This formulation stabilizes and vectorizes retinol to deliver it in its most active form.

Key Ingredients: Retinol (0.3%) and Vitamin E (1%)

Pros: Non-comedogenic which is good for acne-prone skin. Extremely gentle with a unique soft velvety feeling on the skin after application. Results can be seen within a short period of time. Can also be used after a stronger peel to increase exfoliation. We tested on sensitive skin without any adverse reaction.

Cons: Price is on the higher side.

Size: 30ml


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Obagi 360 Retinol 0.5% Night Cream

Obagi 360 Retinol 0.5 is meticulously formulated with a precisely measured 0.5% concentration of retinol. This moderate concentration strikes a balance between effectiveness and minimized potential for skin irritation, making it suitable for individuals who are already familiar with retinol or have normal to tolerant skin.

Obagi 360 Retinol 0.5 features a time-released technology that gradually delivers retinol to the skin, allowing for sustained efficacy and reduced likelihood of irritation. This controlled release system ensures that the skin can acclimate to retinol over time.

Key Ingredients: Retinol 0.5%, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Ubiquinone, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Bisabolol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate

Pros: Non-sticky and feels light. A variety of good ingredients.

Cons: Can be harsh on sensitive skin. Price is on the higher side.

Size: 28ml


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SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5% Night Cream

Skinceuticals understands the importance of maintaining skin comfort when moving up to 0.5 during the retinol adjustment period. The formulation is enriched with ingredients like Bisabol and Boswellia serrata extract, known for their calming and soothing properties. These additions help to reduce redness and inflammation often associated with retinol use.

Key Ingredients: Retinol 0.5%, Bisabolol, Boswellia Serrata Extract

Pros: Well established company many year's experiences in developing clinical skin care range. Proven effectiveness.

Cons:  Does not spread as smoothly, there are feedback of rash and breakouts in some individuals on their US official website. Price is on the higher side.

Size: 30ml


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