Retinol Myths That Need to Be Laid to Rest

18th June 2019 in Busting Myths, Hints and Tips, Skincare - 3 Comments - Talia James (The Skincare Saviour) - 3 min read
Retinol Myths That Need to Be Laid to Rest

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Retinoids are probably the single most effective skincare product you could have in your arsenal simply because they are proven to work with around 30+ years worth of exhaustive research. While retinoids are amazing there are a vast amount of myths around this wonder product and i thought i would take 5 of these myths and break them down for you!

Retinol Myths That Need to Be Laid to Rest

This is probably one of the biggest myths that simply isn’t true. There are different types and strengths of retinoids, from something as weak as Retinyl Palmitate which has skin smoothing properties as it works mainly on the surface of the skin. In the middle we have what would be commonly known as “Retinol” are the over-the-counter versions like Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate. Finally on the far end we have things like Adapalene and Tretinoin which are prescription strength retinoids that. are often used in the treatment of acne .
If you want to learn more about retinoids i did a post you can find here

Retinol Myths That Need to Be Laid to Rest

This myth i feel like is a misunderstanding more than anything. The reason you are told to apply retinol during the night and not during the day isn’t because its going to cause sun sensitivity and burn you, its because retinoids break down when exposed to sunlight this is why they are packaged in opaque or tinted glass. If you were to use retinol during the day it would just break down on your skin and you wouldn’t get any results from it you’d essentially be wasting your money.

Retinol Myths That Need to Be Laid to Rest

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but you probably won’t see any real results until about 3-6 months of using retinoids continuously. It takes time for retinoids to work as they are physically changing the biology of your skin.

This again is a massive myth! Even those with sensitive skin can use a retinoid, its all about starting at the right level. If you were to suddenly blitz your skin with a prescription strength retinoid then sure you would have sensitivities but so would everyone!
I always like to say when using retinoids for the first time it should be about working “low and slow” start with something over the counter and build up from there. Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate is a great place to start, you can find this in The Ordinary Granactive 5% Retinoid, Sunday Riley Luna and Pestle and Mortar Superstar.

Retinol Myths That Need to Be Laid to Rest

This is the myth that annoys me the most, to be honest! The number of people that go on about how using glycolic acid and retinol will deactivate the retinol is just pure bullshit!
While you should consider your skin when using these two products together as they are both strong in their rights. I have never had trouble applying them together, and if I’m honest, I feel like over the counter retinol works better when you use an AHA to exfoliate beforehand as it can penetrate better. The only time I would say to be careful using an AHA is when using prescription strength, I couldn’t use them together as it irritated my skin, but that was just my experience.

Retinol Myths That Need to Be Laid to Rest

What retinoid myth annoys you the most?
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Scottish science nerd obsessed with all things beauty! Creator of The Skincare Saviour, a skincare blog covering everything from reviews, tutorials to busting myths, finding dupes and breaking down trends.

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3 Comments

  • Shireen 19th June 2019 at 4:12 am

    Thank you for this post and shared! There are too many myths out there and the sad thing is, some dermatologists preach the wrong thing too.

    • The Skincare Saviour 15th July 2019 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you for sharing i really appreciate it! totally agree a lot of the time its the professionals sharing old and outdated information

  • Jasmine Talks Beauty 17th August 2019 at 8:58 am

    I recently met with some of the Deciem team who mentioned that you can actually mix AHAs and retinol – I definitely think there are a lot of people saying you can’t based on outdated opinions. I don’t do it very often but it does give really great results!

    Jasmine xx

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