Retinol Side-effects, Benefits and Uses

Retinol Side-effects, Benefits and Uses

Quick question: What influences your skincare, Your Skin requirements, or the advertisements you see? In my day-to-day life, I genuinely come across people who instead of listening to their skin fall prey to the advertisements. As a result, they end up using products that were not made for their skin type. In this article we will discuss about Retinol side-effects, Benefits and uses.

These days there is the component RETINOL which is gaining popularity in the skincare industry. Recently I saw this advertisement from the brand OLAY and the product was retinol 2.0 cream. The advertisement claimed that this cream will make your skin look Plum, shiny, soft, with fewer wrinkles, and so on. However, did you guys read about the side effects of this component? No right. So let’s together find out we really need retinol or not!


Retinol is also known as Vitamin A1. It is a type of vitamin in the vitamin A family and is also found in food products and is used as a dietary supplement. It not only removes dead skin cells and acne as other anti-aging products do but also the small molecules that make retinol penetrates deep beneath the topmost layer of skin to our dermis. When this component reaches the middle layer of skin, it releases free radicals that boost the production of elastin and collagen. Once these components are released they give a plumping effect, reduced signs of wrinkles and fine lines. Moreover, this component has an Exfoliating effect on the surface of the skin that can further improve skins texture and tone.

Some people even use this for severe acne conditions and believe that this genuinely works for them. According to dermatologists, this component helps in unclogging pores by creating comedolytic agents to help prevent the formation of comedones or blemishes. However again the question arises is it suitable for all skin types?

Further, it is believed that retinol helps in balancing our skin hydration levels. As it has Exfoliating properties it helps in unclogging pores and managing the production of sebum. Now the, what is retinol section is a bit clear but the question still remains is it suitable for all skin types. Will it react in the way as expected and claimed. Who should actually use products with this component? Now let’s begin with Retinol Side-effects, benefits and uses.

🌑 Retinol Benefits

Although I already mentioned the issues that retinol tackles but in this section, I’ll be giving you a quick look at them. Below are all of them.

▪️Prevent wrinkles

Unlike other anti-aging products, retinol not only reduces fine lines and wrinkles but also minimizes the new ones that form.

▪️Brightens dull skin

Retinol has Exfoliating properties and hence it unclogs the pores making it look more clear, brighter, smoother, and fresh look.

▪️Treats acne

As I mentioned many times that it unclogs pores, the main cause of acne. Since the pores are clear hence reduced signs of acne, blackheads, cysts, and pimples.

▪️Reduced dark spots

Since the retinol comes in a serum form, it tends to penetrate into the skin and boost the good components present. With time it is believed and tested by many that this component product will even out your complexion, fading sunspots, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots.

                             Now, this was a brief description of the issue that retinol deals with. No matter how appealing it might seem but it is necessary to keep in mind that this component is not made for all. This component has side effects and hence requires an affirmation from your dermatologists.

Retinol side effects, benefits and uses
About Retinol

🌑Retinol Side-effects

In the section which deals with the explanation of the component RETINOL, I even mentioned that retinol is there in food and dietary supplements. It is even approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but this does not mean that it is free from side effects. People who use this component have complained that it has caused dryness, itchiness, redness, and skin peeling.

Sunburn is one of the greatest issues that is caused by using retinol. There are pieces of evidence that retinol may aggravate eczema. Moreover, doctors ask women who are pregnant to avoid retinol. This is so because they may increase the risk for birth defects and miscarriage. Some people even complained that retinol has some long-term carcinogenic effects. However to prove these one more studies are being conducted. So, by now you have read the Retinol Side-effects, benefits and uses. Further you should know who should use retinol.


This is something the advertisement won’t tell you. What they will tell is, your skin will look plump, smooth, one with fewer lines and wrinkles, and so on. However, there are a certain set of people for whom products with this component can be harmful.

Like pregnant women should not use retinol. It may increase the risk of birth defects and miscarriage.

People who have irritated and sensitive skin should not use it.

Moreover, people who have skin that has been overly exfoliated should avoid using retinol.

People with skin that is sun-damaged should avoid using it.


There are people for whom retinol came as a magical component that can deal with their aging. I ain’t saying that this is a bad component or something but what I am saying is don’t put anything that these advertisements ask you to without recommendation from your dermatologists. Every skin type is different. Hence every skin type requires its own skincare regimen. So instead of experimenting with your skin try to use products that are actually made for your skin. Also read about Hyaluronic Acid

Moreover, retinol products should be used after the age of 30.(this is what dermatologists recommend). With the hope that you guys will now pay more attention to the demands of your skin rather than what advertisements tell you I’ll take a leave. Until next article stay safe.

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