Retinol and Retinoid Recs

Retinol and Retinoid Recs


Ok, let’s talk about some of the most essential dermatology products: Retinols and Retinoids!

  • These are Vitamin A derivative medications that help with acne, fine lines, uneven skin tones, and texture
  • Retinol is “weaker” than retinoid because retinol are the ester form that is then converted into the active retinoid form
  • Retinols and Retinoids essentially do the same thing, however, retinol show results after consistent use after longer periods of time

So, how do you pick a retinol? Here is some advice from a board certified dermatologist!

  • Encapsulated retinol is ideal. Timed release, easier to travel with, and is less irritating
  • 0.5 or 1.0 retinol serums are stronger, but ideally start with 0.25% serum or cream
  • Additives such as ceramides or niacimindes can help to minimize irritation

What if I want to pick a Retinoid?

  • Over the counter medications such as Adapalene 0.1% cream are now available as Differing or LaRoche-Posay
  • A prescription form of tretinoin by your dermatologist
  • P.S. NOT safe in pregnancy!

How do I put it on?

  • Ideally, both retinols and retinoids should be applies as part of your PM regimen (the most important part of it!)

Hope you enjoyed these dermatology tips about retinols and retinoids! If you have any more questions that you would like answered by a board certified dermatologist, let us know in the comments or email us at!

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