The 10 Best Retinol Creams, According to Dermatologists in 2024

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Finding the best retinol cream for your skin might take some trial and error, but the search will be worth it: This science-backed ingredient has earned its hype. Dermatologists agree that retinol is versatile and effective, as long as you keep your complexion’s needs in mind. Below, we’ll dive into the basics and share experts’ tips for buying—and using—retinol creams, serums, and gels.

How does retinol work?

Retinol is a type of retinoid, or vitamin A, derivative. While retinoids appear in prescription-strength topicals like Retin-A (tretinoin), you can find retinol in over-the-counter (OTC) skin care, Linda C. Chung Honet, MD, FAAD, the founder of Honet Dermatology and Cosmetic in Michigan, tells SELF. Retinoids are known for their near-panacean ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines, brighten your complexion, and improve the health of your skin overall. This is largely because they expedite skin-cell turnover. This process clears out dull dead cells faster, strengthens the skin’s barrier, and boosts collagen production, which can give your skin a firmer look and bouncier feel.

Retinol tends to be weaker than prescription-strength retinoid options, Dr. Honet says. That doesn’t mean OTC retinol products aren’t effective—they may just take a bit longer to produce the results you’re looking for. Since drugstore retinols contain a range of concentrations, formulas with lower potency typically need more time to take effect, Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand, MD, the founder of Houshmand Dermatology in Dallas, tells SELF. A lower potency isn’t a bad thing, though, because retinol can be irritating, and starting with a milder formula gives your skin time to adjust.

What are the potential benefits of retinol?

With a consistent skin care routine (and a bit of patience), Dr. Honet says people with all types of skin concerns can benefit from using retinol. Jerome Potozkin, MD, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and the founder of PotozkinMD Skincare & Laser Center in Danville, California, thinks of it this way: Retinol may be appealing to anyone embarking on a “skin rejuvenation journey,” in which they’re hoping to reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation, clear up breakouts, smooth fine lines, or improve the visible signs of sun damage. In other words, whether you want to even out your complexion, calm your acne, or just find a skin care product that will provide reliable exfoliation, incorporating it into your routine is a solid place to start, he tells SELF.

Retinol can increase photosensitivity, however, which means your skin may become more vulnerable to the sun’s harmful UV rays while using it. That’s why experts recommend applying retinol at night and being diligent about wearing sunscreen the next day. You may experience some irritating side effects too, like redness, dryness, itchiness, peeling, and flaking. Thankfully, there are ways to build your tolerance to potent products, including those that contain retinol and you should notice fewer side effects over time.

How to find the best retinol product for you

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