Is Retinol Good Or Bad?


If you have been left confused whether retinol is good or bad, don’t worry, we understand. With the amount of information available at our fingertips, it is hard to navigate through it all. In short Retinol Is Safe – when used correctly. Retinol seems to be touted as a miracle skincare ingredient – but is this true? The vitamin A derivative ingredient, known for its acne-battling and line-smoothing qualities, is quite a conversation starter and we aim to share some insight. 

Firstly…the most commonly believed side effect is that when starting to use retinoid is skin peeling and thinning of skin. But the opposite is true. Retinoids actually stimulate collagen production and help to thicken the skin. It is beneficial because the natural sign of aging is thinning of the skin. 

Will you see a result in 4 weeks? Don’t we wish that was true!? Over-the-counter retinol can take up to six months to deliver full, visible results. Daily use would be the goal, but you can still reap the benefits by using it a few times a week. How fast the results happen also depend on the strength and type of retinoid. 

Another assumption is that the delicate eye area is too sensitive for retinoid use. However, wrinkles show up in this area first and can benefit most from the collagen-stimulating effects of retinoids. If you are sensitive around your eye, layer an eye cream followed by retinoid.


If you are interested in preventing wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, scarring and more, then your late 20’s or early 30’s is a great age to start with products containing retinol. In these years your body starts producing less collagen, less rapidly than in earlier years. Your lifestyle is a major factor to consider and also the damage to your skin through sun exposure. 

In conclusion we want to remind you that there is no one-size-fits-all for skincare needs. In some cases retinol is the miracle skincare ingredient, but for others it might not be enough to treat topical skin issues. Our best advice is to consult your therapist and find the best products and ingredients for your skin type. 

Make an appointment with one of our therapists at Beyond Yourself Beauty to receive expert advice. Situated in Lance Street, Baysville, East London, we are waiting to assist.

Medi Pedicure

Yours in Beauty

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