Retinol vs. Retinoid vs. Retin-A?

A wall of mysterious text plastered across the back of a cosmetic box. You might as well be confronted with a wall of hieroglyphics. What does it mean? Why does it matter? And more importantly, will it help my wrinkles? You’re in luck, because we’re here to help you decipher the confusing terminology hidden within all skin-care products. But there will be a test after this blog. Just kidding.

So what exactly is Retinol?

Retinol is a form of vitamin A that naturally occurs in the skin. It is commonly used in over-the-counter skin care products, normally in concentrations of around 0.05 to 1 percent. When this is applied to your skin, the cells work to convert this into retinoic acid; which is clinically proven to improve lines, discoloration issues, and revitalize the skin. Retinols should be the first go-to skincare product to combat the first signs of fine wrinkles.

Products such as  RoC Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Night Cream will contain high doses of retinol and Luna Sunday Riley Luna Retinol night oil are some of our favorite products that contain retinol. One thing to note is that the effects of using retinol could take up to 3-6 months to show.

How about Retinoid?

Retinoids are chemical compounds that are related to vitamin A. it’s not naturally occurring like Retinol. Retinoid is used to treat acne and wrinkles by exfoliating your skin. When using it to treat acne, it will help you unclog your pores and reduce acne outbreaks by preventing dead cells from clogging your pores. To minimize wrinkles, Retinoid works by creating new collagen. It also stimulates new blood vessels in the skin, giving skin a rosy appearance while also, fading age spots. Some common side effects that occur occasionally are peeling and redness of the skin. Olay Regenerist Repair Treatment is one of the better working retinoid products in the market for an affordable price.

How is Retin-A different from Retinol and Retinoid?

In order to get Retin-A, you need a prescription while you can get the other two over the counter. Retin-A, is a brand of retinoic acid (Think designer vitamins for your skin!) also known as Tretinoin that is usually prescribed to treat acne. Retinoid is a class of acne treating medication that Tretinoin and Retin-A fall under. 

We recommend using retinol infused products from your late 20’s to early 30’s when the early signs of aging start to appear on your skin. Test drive it by using it once or twice a week to acclimate your skin to the product. You should start seeing a difference after 12 weeks of using retinol.


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