Retinol and Alternatives


Conventional Retinol vs Retinol Alternatives -
Which One is Right for You?

Conventional Retinol

1.⁠ ⁠Best for normal to oily skin types
2.⁠ ⁠Should be used exclusively at night (retinol makes skin super photosensitive)
3.⁠ ⁠Can be a bit harsh at first but it's often temporary
4.⁠ ⁠Start slow 1-2x per week and gradually build up your skin’s tolerance

Retinol's most common side effect is dry, irritated skin. Other side effects of retinol can include acne breakouts skin peeling, skin redness and photosensitivity to sunlight.

Retinol Alternatives

1.⁠ ⁠Can be used by anyone including sensitive and dry skin types
2.⁠ ⁠Does not cause photosensitivity so can be used day or night
3.⁠ ⁠May not be as effective for skin types that can handle conventional retinol
4.⁠ ⁠Most can be used every day unless the instructions indicate otherwise

Retinol Alternatives with active ingredients like bakuchiol, peptides, alpha hydroxy acids and azelaic acid help the skin the same way retinol does, but are generally gentler and less irritating than your typical retinoid.

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