Almost Every Dermatologist Recommends Retinol To Their Patients—Here’s Why

Retinol for skin is the perfect all-rounder.

When it comes to skincare, the market is more saturated than ever. There are, quite literally, hundreds of serums, eye creams, spot treatments and sleep masks to choose from—all of them promising to wind back the clock. And if that wasn’t enough, once you’ve settled on a type of product, consumers are faced with a new question: which active ingredient should I opt for?

If you’re new to the world of actives, retinol for skin is a good place to start. “I don’t know a single dermatologist who doesn’t use a retinol product on their skin,” Heather Rogers, a Seattle-based dermatologist explains to Refinery 29. “We’ve all read the studies and we all use it.”


As Kaye Scott, Co-Director, at The Clinic in Sydney explains, retinol is a form of vitamin A: “It promotes skin renewal and enhances collagen production, which starts to decline in your 30s.” In other words, it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. “Retinol for skin can also reverse some of the side effects of sun damage,” Scott explains.


As mentioned above, by stimulating the production of new skin cells, retinol for skin is a powerful anti-ageing ingredient. “It also helps to fade dark spots resulting from photo-ageing, hyperpigmentation, hormonal changes and blemish scars,” Scott continues, “and it can be used to treat acne.”


Most people can introduce some form of retinol into their skincare regime. Retinol for skin is particularly useful for anyone with acne, acne scarring, dark spots, pigmentation or skin discolouration.


A word of warning: being an active ingredient, some people will need to approach with caution. “Anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding, those on prescription medication and those who have allergies or sensitive skin should consult a doctor first,” warns Scott.


At The Clinic, Scott says clients usually start with a cream or serum for face and/or eyes. As far as application is concerned, if you go too hard too fast, retinol can irritate skin. “We recommend introducing it on a 321 basis,” Scott says. That means “every 3rd day for a week, every 2nd day for a week and then every day as part of your night time skin regime.”


Cosmedix Serum 16
What retinol should I start with? If you do decide to go down the retinol route, there are a lot of products to choose from. Here, marie claire lists the best retinol creams and best retinol serums in Australia.
As far as must-haves go Scott recommends the Cosmedix range: Cosmedix Serum 16 ($132), Cosmedix serum 24 ($155), Cosmedix XCell+ ($132) and Cosmedix Eye Doctor ($220). Speaking to, Dr Joseph Hkeik from All Saints Clinics in Sydney also recommends the Cosmedix Serum 16.
Olay Regernerist range
If you’re on the hunt for a retinol solution that works around the clock, try Olay’s first-ever retinol range. The Olay Regenerist Retinol24 collection consists of a face serum, face moisturiser and eye cream, and counts Jesinta Franklin as an early adopter. “Since adding this to my skincare routine, I have noticed a visible difference in eliminating redness and getting my morning glow back,” says the Olay ambassador.
The collection is formulated with microencapsulation technology that protects the skin for up to 24 hours and penetrates the skin up to 10 layers deep.
Blending Olay’s proprietary Retinol24 Retinoid Complex, and a bio-available formula combining pure retinol, retinyl propionate, niacinamide (vitamin B3), and amino peptides, the products offer a youthful complexion without the usual irritation women often experience from using retinol.
The Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Facial Serum ($59.99) is fast-absorbing and non-greasy, and delivers visible improvements in fine lines and wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots and pores with no irritation. For 24-hour hydration, look to the Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Facial Moisturiser ($59.99). For help reducing dark circles, wrinkles and lines around the eyes, apply Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Eye Cream ($59.99).
Drunk Elephant Retinol Cream

Drunk Elephant A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream ($119 at Mecca) contains 1.0% vegan retinol teamed with vitamin F to maintain a healthy skin barrier. Alternatively, First Aid Beauty Skin Lab Retinol Serum .25% Pure Concentrate ($91 at Sephora) is gentle enough for first time users, thanks to skin-soothing aloe and colloidal oatmeal.

Eve Lom Time Retreat

Other crowd-favourites include Eve Lom Time Retreat Face Treatment ($148 at Mecca), The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane ($17.90 at Adore Beauty) and Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($154 at Mecca).

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