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One of the most popular and powerful ingredients in topical skincare, retinol has a love-it-or-hate-it reputation. Retinol has been proven to help fight the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and other visible signs of aging and reduce the look of acne in some cases, but some people have trouble tolerating the active ingredient and can’t stick with it due to skin irritation issues.
Experts agree: Retinol isn’t a one-and-done magic bullet. You need to use it consistently for a few months to see its full potential. Also, some people tolerate the powerful ingredient better than others. Those whose skin is more on the sensitive side should start with a lower concentration of retinol—and perhaps use it every other day or a few times a week—before progressing to a more powerful formulation. That’s why ALASTIN offers Renewal Retinol in both a 0.25 and 0.5 strength.
Because the retinol molecule is highly unstable in the presence of UV light, dermatologists recommend using it only as part of your nighttime routine.6 Also, because retinol may make your skin more sensitive to the sun, it’s extra important to make sunscreen part of your daily routine when using retinol—but, of course, you should be doing that anyway!
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