8 Myths About Retinol That Shocked the Beauty Industry

Retinol can work wonders for your skin. It has been known to help fight acne, rosacea and other skin conditions. It is also said to be useful in fighting wrinkles and other signs of aging. Derived from Vitamin A, retinol is all natural and can work wonders on your skin without putting potentially damaging chemicals in your body. Still, there are plenty of misconceptions about retinol that many people are unaware, apparently even the beauty industry itself. It’s extremely important that these misconceptions be dispelled right away. Much of this misinformation, can potentially interfere with the effectiveness of retinol in terms of beauty. If you are looking for the perfect retinoid beauty product, but are confused about the what’s what of retinol, here are the 8 myths that shocked the beauty industry.

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MYTH: Retinol exfoliates the skin.

Retinol does not exfoliate, which is something many people believe. The peeling of the skin that occurs with retinol products occurs only because of irritation. It’s not meant to peel off dead skin as a means of improvement. Instead, retinol works by affecting the genes, encouraging the skin to produce collagen and provide smoother skin.

MYTH: If retinol irritates your skin, you should stop using it.

On the contrary, retinol is very likely to irritate your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin, but that’s just a testament to its effectiveness. In cases of acne treatment, retinol works to clear your skin almost instantly, pushing out all the bad stuff blocking your pores and turning your face red in the process. Its important to push through it, because the end result make it well worth it. Temporarily, dry or irritated skin is but a small price to pay.

MYTH: If it starts with “RE” it’s a retinol ingredient.

Not everything that sounds like “retinol” is derivative of retinol. In fact many of the ingredients posing as retinol such as various forms of retinyl are not effective retinol ingredients. These are called pro-retinols. However, there are plenty of prescription retinol products such as Retin-A which can help.

MYTH: Retinol products can make you more vulnerable to the sun.

There is a misconception that retinol products cannot be worn during the day because retinol makes your skin more susceptible to sunburn. This is not true. While the sun’s UV rays can break down retinol and make it less effective, it won’t burn your skin or attract more UV rays.

MYTH: You can have clear, smooth skin in just a few months.

Unfortunately, this is a myth. Don’t be swayed by these false claims. As it turns out, retinol can’t work that fast for the most part. While you may begin to notice some differences within that time-frame, it may take up to a year for a complete breakthrough; after which time, you may want to consider using prescription-grade retinol products for continued results.

MYTH: I can use more gentle retinol products if I’m prone to irritated skin.

Again this is false, if your skin isn’t affected at least a little when you use a retinol product, it likely isn’t working all that well. The gentle products you are looking at have less retinol and are therefore less effective, so you’ll unlikely see much results.

MYTH: Retinol should be applied to dry skin.

Retinol does not act as a moisturizer, so in that regard there’s no reason to apply it to dry skin. Have no fear when applying retinol products to damp skin as its potency will not be reduced if your skin is wet. Dry or wet, apply retinol however you like. Just be sure your skin is at least clean.

MYTH: Retinol shouldn't be applied around the eyes.

This is the final misconception that should definitely be put to rest and buried six feet under. Not only can you put retinol products around the eye - you actually should. Most skin damge and signs of aging occurs around the eye, so applying retinol creams around the eye will make you look younger than ever before.