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6 good tips for using Retinol

02 Feb 2022

6 gode tips til brug af Retinol

That's why Retinol is good for your skin.

Retinol has been used by dermatologists for decades and is considered the number 1 anti-aging ingredient. Retinol works by stimulating collagen production in the skin, smoothes lines and wrinkles, reduces brown spots, evens out the skin structure and reduces pores, as well as reducing the occurrence of acne and pimples.

Retinol is the ONLY ingredient scientifically proven to have a major effect on collagen production! The facts are clear, "people who use Retinol daily get less wrinkles than people who don't"!

Retinol is a cell communicator, i.e. that it causes the skin cells to act like normal young and fresh cells. It speeds up cell renewal, so the skin cells renew themselves faster. It also reduces collagenase in the skin, which is the enzyme that breaks down collagen over time. Studies suggest that Retinol can have a positive effect on precursors to skin cancer (Actinic keratoses), as Retinol causes the precursors to behave like normal, healthy cells.

You can clearly see if you have used Retinol for a number of years, as the skin appears clearer and more uniform. People who have used it for a number of years will also be significantly less wrinkled than those who have not used it.

The effect of Retinol is only seen after 12 weeks, and the skin will continue to rejuvenate during the period in which the cream is used. In the first 2-3 weeks, the skin may peel a little until it gets used to the cream. The full effect of Retinol is seen and occurs only after 6-12 months of use. It is therefore important that you continue with Retinol also after this period, so that the skin remains in its new state. But there are several forms of Retinol and it doesn't matter which form of Retinol you use. We will get into this in a bit.

Retinol is a specific form of vitamin A that is converted to vitamin A acid in the skin. The product is available on prescription (tretinoin) and over the counter in medicated creams.

6 good tips for using Retinol

  • Always use it in medical concentrations like 0.5%-1%.
  • Always use sunscreen during the day and Retinol in the evening.
  • Use it every other night to start and then build up.
  • Use moisturizer on top of Retinol so that the skin does not become dry.
  • Use stabilized antioxidants together with, to get maximum effect.
  • Use pure types of Retinol

Former for Retinoid (Retinol)

There are several forms of Retinoid and not all of them have the same effect.


  • Retinylpalmitat, retinylpropionat og retylacetate are the mildest forms of Retinoid and a product with these types in the ingredient list has a very minimal effect on the skin. Therefore, you may be "unlucky" to be tempted by a product that has a high percentage of Retinol, but which will not meet your expectations. A Retinol such as retinyl palmitate has a minimal effect in use. It does not penetrate the skin in any effective way and just lies as a layer, which the skin has great difficulty absorbing. The same applies to the last two. There is no need to go into depth with them, just remember to be aware of the type of Retinol that has been used. If there is anything positive to be said about these three types, it is that they have a very small irritation factor. This is related to the lack of effect. Real Retinol should be used with a few precautions, as this is something you need to be a little more careful with.
  • Retinol Komplex. Here you have to be careful if this is written on your product. Retinol Komplex covers that it is a composition of different types of Retinoid. It is the three above-mentioned products that are mostly used for this. Again, you can be enticed with a high percentage, but it is minimal what you can expect to get out of such a product. Of course, there is still the advantage that the level of skin irritation is very small. But due to the lack of effect.

  • Retinol. This is the closest we get to real Retinoid and is the best thing you can use to keep the skin young, and is also the only thing that is scientifically proven to form new skin cells. It is also the one that is most irritating to the skin, especially at high doses. Use a good day cream every day with a sun factor of at least 30 SPF. Only use this type of Retinol in the evening, whether it is a cream or a serum. Always make sure when you buy a Retinol cream or serum. that it is clearly stated which type of Retinoid is involved and that a percentage is specified. If a percentage is not indicated, which is not a legal requirement, but only stated what type, then a good advice would be to find someone else. If it is a good Retinol, a percentage amount will be very fine at a level of 1-2.5%, depending on how good you are at taking your precautions. The highest you can get in a product of this type without it having to be a prescription product is 5% Retinol. Retinol serums with such a high content are on the market, but here you have to familiarize yourself well with how to use it and what you use it with (which I will quickly cover a little further down).


  • Retinoid or tretinoin as it is also called, is the one you get by prescription. This is typically printed for burns or other types of damage, where the skin needs a shorter period to form more skin cells than what a regular skin care series can do. There is no need to go into more detail about this product, as it is a medical area.

Just one last thing regarding Retinol, which will be further elaborated in a later description, is the selection of products, such as hyaluron, to use with advantage in your use of Retinol. Especially if it is a serum. First, of course, you need to get a good Retinol to start with. But it is also a really good, or almost important, thing to have a good bonding product. This means a product that can help the Retinol to penetrate as deeply as possible into the skin. We are talking about a product like hyaluronic acid. This can hold its weight in liquid times 1000 and is a product that can bind the Retinol and thereby the new skin cells. Here again, it is important to find a hyaluron with a very fine molecular weight. This means that it can penetrate further into the skin, as the finer it is, the smaller each individual molecule, and thereby it can penetrate further into the skin and take the Retinol with it. When using serums, it is always important to finish with a good night cream, which provides a good seal and ensures that your skin does not dry out during the night.

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