Retinol (Vitamin A1) is well known as a clinically effective ingredient for healthy and beautiful
skin by reducing fine wrinkles and promoting anti-aging effects. Although Retinol promotes cell turnover, it may lead to flaky and dry skin by reducing skin oil production. Furthermore, it may also cause irritation and result in redness to the skin.
In summary, some side effects of retinol are:
Breakouts (especially for acne-prone skin)
Warning: Never use retinoids during pregnancy or when you are considering
pregnancy. A fetus exposed to retinol has a higher percentage of developing birth defects (35% versus 3%, mostly craniofacial, nervous, and cardiovascular systems).
However, there is a herbal alternative to retinol, called Bakuchiol, that works the same as retinol, is just as effective, but does not come with the side effects that retinol has! Bonus: You can use it during pregnancy and breastfeeding, too. Bakuchiol, like retinol, can also be useful to treat acne and acne scarring as it increases the skin cell turnover and reduces sebum production.
FYI: Results might not be visible for approximately three months with regular daily application.
Stay tuned for our latest skincare addition, Bakuchiol, coming soon!