Retinol is one of the best studied skincare ingredients. It has attracted a lot of attention in the world of skincare. And rightly so, as research has shown that the skin benefits greatly from using it.
Retinol (the entire vitamin A molecule) can be split into more powerful parts, which we call retinoids. Although the terms retinol and retinoid are often used interchangeably, each substance has its own characteristic properties and uses. Retinoids are only available on prescription from a doctor.
To make everything clear:
Despite the many benefits retinol has, it is important to understand that no single ingredient exists – so that includes retinol – that satisfies all the skin’s complex needs. Therefore, besides retinol, the following products are also required:
Topical application of retinol can improve how pores work. Retinol cannot change your genetically determined pore size but it can improve the structure of large pores created by blockages or sun damage, making them less visible.
What you should know before buying (and using) products containing retinol: