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It is a natural vitamin A derivative which is commonly used in skincare products especially anti-aging creams. It belongs to the class of medicines known as retinoids. Though it is majorly a part of anti-aging skincare solutions, it is also used effectively for the treatment of acne and for reduction of acne scars.

What is Retinol used for?

Retinol Serum can help address a wide range of skin issues. It helps clearing acne and also lightens acne scars. Further, it helps treating fine lines, wrinkles, sun damaged skin, uneven skin texture, melasma and other kinds of skin discoloration.

How does it work?

This medicine works in a few ways. The Ordinary Retinol works on the epidermis which is the outermost layer of the skin. It exfoliates the epidermis, dead skin cells, and removes oil. This helps in preventing acne formation. Retinol Crème works by penetrating into your skin deep and stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. Both these elements are needed to reduce the appearance of pores and acne scarring over time.

How to use Retinol

Wash the affected body part with soap-free cleanser and pat the skin dry. Squeeze out required amount of Retinol Serum and apply it on the affected area. Massage it gently and form a thin layer. Do not rub aggressively. Wash your hands after using the cream. Do not let the cream get into your eyes or mouth.

How long does retinol take to work?

You may get clear, visible results within 2 to 3 months of regular use of the acne cream. You need to use the cream on a daily basis to get the results.

What are the side effects of Retinol?

Retinol, like other acne treatment options, causes side effects. You may get milder or severe side effects with the usage of the drug. On the occurrence of severe side issues, stop using The Ordinary Retinol and see a doctor at the earliest.

Mild side effects are:

• Irritation
• Dryness
• Redness
• Stinging
• Increased sun sensitivity

Severe side effects are:
• Allergic reactions
• Skin discoloration
• Blistering
• Crusting

What are the precautionary measures for Retinol Serum usage?

• The Ordinary Retinol may cause allergic reactions. If you have experienced it in the past, you must seek alternative treatment options for acne.
• Retinol Serum dries out the skin. Therefore, you should apply moisturizer after applying the anti-acne cream.
• Pregnant women should not use Retinol Crème. Women who want to get pregnant should stay away from this retinoid cream for acne.
• It is unclear whether the medicine gets into the breast milk. Thus, breastfeeding women should weigh down the pros and cons with their doctor regarding usages of Retinol Crème.


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