Retinols for every skin type

May 15, 2021

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Are you looking to find the best retinol for your skin type? Retinol is one of the most important anti aging ingredients we talk about.  Retinol has a love-hate relationship with some people simply because it can be so drying.  Finding the right balance can be difficult.  If you are struggling I have tried to go through each option to find one that may suit your skin better than others.


Retinol for Dry Skin : For my patients with dry skin, I tend to favor the Cerave line of products.  The Cerave Skin Renewing Cream Serum is an excellent combination of retinol for anti-aging with ceramides to hydrate the skin.  It’s a nice balance to strike when you want to have the benefits of retinol for anti-aging but struggle with excess dryness these products can cause.

Retinol for Oily Skin : Roc Deep Wrinkle Serum works so well with oily skin that I sometimes switch my younger acne patients to this product when they are looking to maintain skin clearance without prescription products.
Retinol for Combination Skin : Philosophy Ultimate miracle worker multi-rejuvenating retinol and superfood oil and pads is a great product for combination skin because of the pads used as a delivery method to the skin.  This retinol product is applied to the face evenly with the pads but can also be applied selectively if you so choose. 
Retinol for Sensitive Skin : Olehenriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-alt sleeping crème uses bakuchiol.  This is a retinol alternative.  It’s a functional analog of retinol meaning it actually has the exact same effect as retinol topically in studies with one huge advantage- it’s less irritating because it’s also an anti inflammatory agent.  This is an excellent option for our sensitive skin patients.
Retinol for Acne Prone Skin : Peter Thomas Roth Professional 3% retinoid plus has the benefit of anti aging and being lightweight enough to avoid triggering acne. If you are looking for an option but do not want to risk breakouts, this is a nice option to try.
Retinol for Mature Skin : Anti aging, thinning of the skin, discoloration, tissue paper like wrinking of the skin—there are so many factors to address that choosing the right product to multitask as much as possible is important.  The Kate Somerville retinol vita c power serum combines both retinol and vitamin C to boost its effectiveness at addressing multiple issues such as fine lines and discoloration.

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