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Ingredient Decoder: Retinol

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I started using retinol creams at the ripe old age of 21. It wasn’t because I had a lifetime’s worth of wrinkles to erase; I had just read a slew of magazine articles touting retinol as a miracle skin saver for all sorts of issues. A quick refresher: retinol is Vitamin A in its purest form, and dermatologists call it the topical gold standard for anti-aging, reversing sun damage, and refining skin.Since my brown spots and visible pores pushed me into the category of early adopters, I picked up a pricey cream with a portion of my textbook allowance.

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