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Retinol and retinoids are some of the staple topicals for anti-aging in the world of skin care. From crows feet and wrinkles to fine lines and dull skin, these Vitamin-A derivatives are essential for skin luster and cell reproduction. But why are these so effective and what is the difference between the two? Both retinol and retinoids are related but differ in the time it takes for the retinoic acid to activate, which is really what begins the healing process in your skin. Retinoids require a prescription and can be more costly, but activate faster. However, although retinol may take a few extra weeks to see the full effects, it is available over-the-counter, more affordable and can be less irritating for your skin to give you the same results. 

If this is your first time using retinol, make sure that you take time to ease into it. Due to retinol's higher pH levels, experts recommend using it every third day for the first few weeks until your skin becomes adjusted. Once your skin is accustomed to the product, keep working down until you feel comfortable with everyday use. The time of day you will use this product is up to you, but most dermatologists suggest using it at night because the sun can actually lessen the product's effectiveness. Don't be alarmed if you experience slight redness or flakiness for the first few weeks. These are normal signs of the skin restoration process.

One of our avid retinol users shared "I love this product and use it every night after cleansing and before a good moisturizer. I worked up from 0.5 and have not experienced redness, peeling or flaking. My skin is smooth, and my pores are far less noticeable." -Susan, a happy SkincareRX customer

Search through our retinol-based products (retinol cream, retinol serum, roc retinol and more) below so that your skin can begin its skin healing process! If you have other questions about the effect of retinol, find more information on our blog.

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