5 Things You Need to Know About Retinol

Widely regarded as a “genie-in-bottle” skin solution, retinol is all the rage for treating and preventing the signs of aging. Beyond helping to reduce the appearance of those pesky fine lines, retinol provides a 360° defense against aging by also fading brown spots from the sun, improving skin affected by breakouts and increasing the overall tone of your skin. With its wide range of benefits, retinol can be a powerful part of almost every skin care routine. However, misconceptions about its effects have some missing out on this gem. To help set the record straight and deliver information that will help you make the best decisions for your skincare, the Jamie + Grant team put together a quick list of 5 Things You Need to Know about this popular skincare ingredient.


  1. You can use retinol in combination with most of your anti-aging products


It can be tough to combine different skincare ingredients and this is especially true when it comes to retinol. It’s often written that retinol shouldn’t be combined with vitamin C or alpha-hydroxy or beta-hydroxy acids because they could potentially reduce the effects of retinol. However, this is not actually the case. These ingredients do not, in fact, interfere with retinol at all and actually work extremely well in combination with retinol to address hyperpigmentation.

  1. Retinol can be used day or night

That’s right, you can use your retinol products at any time, including during the day, as long as you cover them with a layer of sunscreen. In addition, when worn under sun protection, retinol can even help protect skin from sun damage. This is because it is a form of vitamin A, an antioxidant that is known to hep protect skin from the sun.


  1. Your skin won’t stop seeing affects from retinol with continued use

If you didn’t know, then you heard it here first—your skin is not going to become immune to the effects of retinol over time. Yes, when you first start using retinol products, you’ll notice some minor irritation like flaking or redness. This goes away over time as your skin gets acclimated to the exposure to retinol. However, that does not mean that the product has stopped working. Rather, skin simply becomes more tolerant of the ingredient while still reaping the many benefits it provides.

  1. You don’t always need to go for prescription strength retinol

Unless you’re dealing with extreme skin challenges, most people do not need to get prescription strength retinol. Many beauty brand products provide excellent benefits with noticeable differences for average skin types. However, if your skin issues are more severe, talk to your dermatologist about what concentration is right for you.

  1. Retinol can be paired with acne products

At one time, it was believed that retinol did not combine well with acne products. It was thought that benzoyl peroxide actually deactivated the effects of retinol when the two were used in combination. However, current research debunks that previous belief. While you can use retinol with other acne products, you should be aware that certain combinations could have irritating side effects on your skin. One way to avoid this is to use your retinol at a separate time of day from your acne treatment.

Still have questions about retinol? Talk to our team by reaching out via chat at www.jamieandgrant.co.

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