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Le rétinol est-il déconseillé pour les peaux sèches et les peaux sensibles ?

Is retinol not recommended for dry and sensitive skin?

Published February 20, 2024, by Stéphanie, Doctorate in Life and Health Sciences — 3 min read

Although it is known for its many benefits on the skin, particularly on signs of aging, retinol also has some drawbacks that may discourage those with sensitive and dry skin from using it. Redness, irritation, peeling, dryness, warmth... are all skin signals that can appear after an application of retinol skincare, related to its keratolytic action.

However, retinol irritation is not a necessity or a proof of effectiveness. It is possible to avoid it and bypass flaking, redness, or tingling. There are several solutions to enjoy this active ingredient with little or no side effects. Moreover, advancements in formulation have allowed for solutions to make retinol more tolerable.

  • Start with less potent treatments, gentler, with a low concentration of retinol;

  • Limit the frequency of application by starting with usage once a week for several weeks and gradually increase the usage rates, moving to, for example, every other evening;

  • Avoid using retinol with other irritating active ingredients such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, vitamin C, etc;

  • Choosing skincare products that combine retinol with moisturizing ingredients (hyaluronic acid, glycerin...) and anti-inflammatory agents (Centella asiatica, niacinamide...) to counterbalance the irritating effect;

  • Resorting to use ofother forms of retinoids, which are less irritating and therefore better tolerated;

  • Choose treatments where the retinol is encapsulated for a continuous and gradual release into the skin. This solution allows for the delivery of the right dose of retinol while giving the skin time to acclimate to it.

From now on, dry and sensitive skin types can now enjoy the multiple benefits of retinol, while addressing potential risks of irritation. Retinol is now accessible to all skin types.


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