Retinol Facts That Are Actually Myths, According to a Dermatologist

Retinol is one of those miracle skincare products that help to reduce blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles and also brightens the complexion. However, there are many misleading myths about retinol that are out there and prevent people from adding retinol in their skincare regime. 

Let’s get to the bottom of the Retinol rumour mill and shut down all the myths regarding it. 

1. All retinoids are created equal 

There are different options available for you to effectively incorporate Retinol in your skincare regime. Retinoids are one such available option that reduce fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen.Several retinoids are available only with a prescription such as Tretinoin, Isotretinoin etc. On the other hand, over-the-counter retinoids are quite effective for anti-ageing utilities, are very gentle on the skin and are also readily available in the market. 

2. Retinol causes sun damage 

It is not a written rule anywhere that you have to avoid “daylight” if you have applied Retinol on your face. Because Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A, it thins out your skin and makes it vulnerable and prone to sun’s UV rays thus decreasing the sun’s projective capacity. But Retinol itself as an ingredient is not “sun sensitizing”. Therefore, you can definitely enjoy the sun while taking proper precautions such as using sunscreen daily on affected or exposed areas. 

3. Prescription Retinol is better than OTC

Prescription retinoids are often more potent. They are quite strong on your skin. Over-the-counter retinoids are quite gentle and are effective for anti-ageing utilities. Additionally, Prescription retinoids are actually for more severe issues while OTC can help you treat regular blemishes and scars. 

4. Retinol shouldn’t be applied around the eyes 

Area around the eyes is prone to wrinkles and crow’s feet. Hence, it is absolutely important and  safe to apply Retinol under and around the eye. Because the skin around the eyes is quite sensitive, make sure to pat the product and not rub it harshly. 

5. Retinol cannot be mixed with Vitamin C

Retinol and vitamin C actually complement each other quite well, and provide stability for each other. Retinol and Vitamin C are both touted as extremely potent anti-aging ingredients. While Vitamin C tackles hyperpigmentation, Retinoid provides support by removing blemishes and scars from your face. 

The Takeaway 

Don’t let the myths deter you from trying what could possibly be the answer to your skin woes. Retinol is indeed a powerful ingredient that helps to reduce blemishes and fine lines. And with so many benefits, it’s easy to let word of mouth travel further than science. If you’re interested in treating or taking preventive measures for wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, scarring, and more, then you should definitely give Retinoids a try.