Anyone who’s ever fought the good fight against acne has probably encountered some form of retinoids—and likely has terrible memories of irritated, angry, red complexions and unsightly peeling skin. But thanks to some major cosmeceutical advancements, retinoids—in the form of retinol—are making a serious comeback as one of skincare’s most in-demand ingredients.
Photo: All Women Stalk
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.