A guide to retinol and your FAQs with dermatologist Dr Yip

Everything you’ve ever wondered, answered

March 31 2021

Retinol is one of the most talked-about skin care ingredients there is. And that’s because there’s a lot to know about the most scientifically-proven anti-ager.

From the difference between retinols and retinoids, how it works and what you need to know when you first start using it, the wrinkle-fighting product raises a lot of questions. And often, the answer will also depend on your skin type.

As such, it’s best to rely on the experts when it comes to expanding your retinol knowledge.

In the video above, dermatologist Dr Yip answers and explains some of the most frequently asked questions about retinol, so you can go forth and experience its benefits with confidence.

One interesting point Dr Yip makes in the video is about the different formulas of retinol and who they’re best suited to.

For oily or acne-prone skin, she recommends retinol in cream or gel-based formulations. For dry skin or those prone to irritancy, she says oil-based formulations are best. Sit somewhere in the middle? You’ve got your pick of the bunch.

Another common question is how long it takes to see results when using retinol. This varies from product to product, but if it’s speed you’re after, Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Regenerating Cream and Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Retinol Oil both provide visible results in just one week.

You don’t even have to choose between the two, they work well and can be paired together for 2x the wrinkle-fighting power. Just remember: oil straight after cleansing and cream last.

The efficacy of these two retinol superstars comes down to the Accelerated Retinol SA and Retinol SA found in each formula. By combining the latest science with the superstar ingredient, rejuvenated, nourished and radiant skin is on the express service menu.

Of course, like all things in skin care, the longer you stick to a routine the more beneficial it will be and the same goes for retinol. So once you’ve learned all there is to know from Dr Yip, get ready for it to become a staple in your routine.

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