Here's The Real Difference Between Retinoids And Retinols
Retinoids/retinol have become synonymous with anti-aging skincare, but the unassuming slash in "retinoids/retinol" makes things confusing. Retinoids and retinol have distinct differences, and you should know what they are before applying these products to your skin.
Retinoids visibly reduce wrinkles, promote collagen production, tackle fine lines, and help improve acne. Retinoids contain vitamin A and a dermatologist typically prescribes it in the form of tretinoin, however, you can get a less potent form of vitamin A in over-the-counter adapalene gel Differin.
Retinol is a form of retinoid, but you do not need a prescription because it’s much gentler and doesn’t deeply penetrate the skin. Retinol works to improve skin texture and brightness, and unlike retinoids, retinol products take much longer to work, so you might have to wait a couple of months until you see progress.
When it comes to choosing between the two, you’ll want to choose retinol if your skin is on the drier or more sensitive side. You will see quicker results with retinoids but make sure to ease into use by applying it every other day due to its high strength.