- Will using retinol during the day increase my risk of sunburn?
With or without retinol, always remember to wear sunscreen daily. We recommend to use a sunscreen as the last step of your skincare routine and limit sun exposure while using retinol products.
- What should I look for when shopping for retinol products?
Look for a product that contains pure retinol because it's the most refined form of Vitamin A with scientifically superior anti-skin ageing power compared to other forms of Vitamin A like pro-retinol (retinyl palmitate).
- Can retinol irritate my skin?
You may experience mild redness, a warm, tingling sensation or flaking (skin exfoliation). These are normal, temporary indications that the product is working. If effects persist/cause discomfort, reduce the frequency of use until your skin adjusts, then revert to daily use as tolerated.
- Does retinol stop working after a while?
Remember that not all retinol and not all retinol products are created equal. Our scientists have studied the effects of our retinol and have shown that results continued to improve even up to 1 year after starting use*.
*Randhawa M, Rossetti D, Leyden JJ, et al. One-year topical stabilized retinol treatment improves photodamaged skin in a doubleblind, vehicle-controlled trial. J Drugs Dermatology. 2015;14(3):271–276.
- Can I use retinol if I don't have wrinkles?
Yes, retinol can be used to help fight signs of skin ageing before they become apparent.
- When should I start using retinol?
It's a good idea to introduce retinol slowly into your skincare routine. Slowly build up your tolerance level —Beginners should start by using it once a week, slowly building up to every other night. Our Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Retinol range also features a uniquely stabilized pure retinol formulation that delivers retinol slowly within the skin’s surface. This helps minimize the potential for irritation while producing noticeable results in just 7 days*!
*Based on 8-week clinical study
The Retinol Rulebook
Learn the do's and don'ts of retinol and using it with other ingredients.
- Apply products with retinol first
- Use hyaluronic acid & retinol together for intense hydration
- Slowly add retinol to your routine to help reduce irritation
- Slowly combine retinol with acne products or chemical exfoliants (AHAs, BHAs) to see how your skin adjusts
- Protect skin with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 or higher during the day