Dr. S. Manjula Jegasothy, a Miami-based dermatologist, told Refinery29: "It is well-known that retinoid esters do not have as much efficacy in smoothing the epidermis and growing collagen in the dermis as pure retinol. Yes, you can totally upgrade. Both of these products are also great choices if your skin can't tolerate oils. Confused about The Ordinary? April, yes you have to start with the lowest (granactive retinoid 2%). : A creamy serum, it absorbs quickly into the skin. Just stay away from the 1% booster. Your game plan for repairing summer skin and preparing for cooler temps. Related: The Complete Guide To The Ordinary Vitamin C products. Has a slight yellow tint (invisible on the skin). I am concidering trying the Granactice Retinoid 2 % in Squalane, but since I have oily skin, I’m worried if I should be using a product with squalane oil? Who is it best for? The Ultimate Guide To The Ordinary Retinoid Products: Which One Should You Choose? Retinoic acid, also known as tretinoin or Retin-A, is the active form of vitamin A, which binds directly to the skin cells' retinoid receptors. I currently have the Advanced retinoid emulsion. Flip a coin? Because of this conversion process, retinol is typically about 20 times weaker than retinoic acid. Sascha, yes, squalene oil is one of the few oils that’s suitable for oily skin too. Play eeny meeny miny moe? My handle is @beautifulwithbrainsofficial. Are you using these active ingredients correctly? Read more about squalane. Have you tried The Ordinary's retinoids yet?What results have you noticed? : A lightweight oil. Who is it best for? What form of retinoid does it use? I have dry skin & is ‘slightly’ drier since I started derma rolling. What do you think, is squalane suitable for oily skin? (I have SubQ, MMHC, Matrixyl, Survival 0). Where to buy it: Available at Asos and Cult Beauty. ), The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane. See our Disclosure for more information. Want a simple retinol serum, for example? Retinol Side Effects: What They Are And How To Deal With Them. : 0.5% Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate. Here are 6. Should I apply it first or after other water-based serums? That’s enough to reduce sun damage and boost collagen. : 0.5% retinol, which translates into 0.025% retinoid acid. What’s the texture like? All rights reserved. Who is it best for? Eleni, adapalene and retinol are two different forms, so you can’t really compare them. Granactive retinoid is very powerful on paper, but we lack independent studies on how it compares to retinol, which has decades of evidence behind it. I am also acne prone, not severe, 1-3 at a time. I recommend you start with 0.2% retinol and build up from there. Are there any side effects? The downside is potential irritation. For a night regimine I’m using SubQ Anti-age followed byRetinol:1% and then a night moisturizer. If you start at the lowest dose, and slowly work your way up in terms of strength and the frequency of applications (and buffering if needed), then you may not experience any irritation at all. Who is it best for? Has 2% retinoid helped build up my skin resistance to retinol? (affiliate link). : Out of all The Ordinary retinoid formulas, it’s the most irritating (and the most effective). I’ve done the work so you won’t have to. It’s proven to reduce wrinkles and dark spots, boost collagen and treat acne. Swetha, no you can’t. The shelf life is 12 months after being opened. This would be an ideal anti-aging treatment for the eye area, since it won't irritate the delicate skin there. : 0.2% Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR). Not a new product—they just gave Advanced Retinoid 2% (originally reviewed.