Retinol is a very powerful and super potent ingredient used for acne treatment as well as in anti-ageing skincare. It can be a great cosmetic ingredient but if not used correctly or with proper guidance it can cause serious unwanted harm.
Unfortunately, most efficient forms of retinol such as retinol itself, retinaldehyde and retinoic acid can sensitise and photosensitise skin, easily irritate it and make skin prone to pigmentation disturbances.
Not to mention it’s not recommended at certain times, such as pregnancy and breastfeeding due to the potential health risk for the embryo/baby.
And did you know that it can be more sensitising for darker skin?
As the skin is more fragile, drier, and less protected. Intense retinol-based treatment can also often lead to retinoic dermatitis, discomfort, redness and skin dryness especially in darker and more sensitive skin types.
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We now know more about the mechanisms of retinol. In recent years new natural plant-based molecules have been found to use the same mechanisms. All without the traditional side effects.
RETINOL ALTERNATIVES WE USE FOR ACNE TREATMENT