Knowing there’s a lot of confusion out there related to retinol, we did some of the work for you to help clear up a few common myths and misconceptions about one of the most popular anti-aging ingredients around.
Myth: You can’t use retinol if you have sensitive skin.
Fact: You can use retinol if you have sensitive skin—with the right approach. Choose a formula that delivers a low concentration of retinol. Follow the instructions carefully, and if you find that your skin can’t tolerate the recommended application frequency, scale it back.
Myth: Retinol works by exfoliating your skin.
Fact: The flaking and redness you may see after applying retinol are actually the side effects of how retinol works to speed up surface cell turnover. As your skin adjusts, these side effects should subside.
Myth: Retinol should only be applied at night because it increases your risk of sunburn.
Fact: Over-the-counter formulas that deliver retinol in lower concentrations are generally safe to apply during the day, provided you follow proper usage instructions, wear sunscreen and avoid direct sun exposure.
Myth: Retinol stops working after a certain period of time.
Fact: While it’s true that the way retinol is usually incorporated into formulas is more susceptible to breakdown from UV and air exposure, when retinol is delivered in an encapsulated form, it becomes more stable—and more powerful.