Whether you're trying to clear up acne, brighten up overall dullness, or help with fine lines—retinol, a vitamin A derivative, is “perhaps the best-studied ingredient we have to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,” dermatologist and Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, Joshua Zeichner, MD, previously told Well+Good.
While some people suggest that retinoids can cause redness or irritation for those with sensitive skin, or when used too frequently, "retinoids don't have to irritate—it's not a part of their mode of action, like a laser or chemical peel where injuring your skin is actually a part of the process," Frauke Neuser, MD, Olay principal scientist, previously told editors at the launch of the brand’s Retinol24 line.
In fact, utilizing retinol in a wash-off formula like this one could perhaps help to mitigate some of the undesirable effects, while still allowing your skin to benefit from the active ingredient. In this cleanser, the retinol complex helps to even, smooth, brighten, and minimize the appearance of pores, while niacinamide hydrates, and salicylic acid exfoliates. And you're likely to just reap the benefits of the ingredient without the downsides.
The best part? This dermatologist-recommended cleanser is on sale from $9 to $7, and by using the code "CLEANSER" on the brand’s site, you can get an additional $2, making the total cost only $5. So if you've ever wanted to try the buzzy ingredient, the time is now.
For more on retinol and how to use it, check out the video below:
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