There is a reason why retinoids are an absolute favourite among skincare buffs and dermatologists alike. This multipurpose ingredient is touted to be the cure-all for several skin issues. However, its popularity as an anti-ageing ingredient has kept younger skincare enthusiasts away since they don’t feel like they need to start an anti-ageing routine so early on.
But before you skip out on including this gem in your skincare routine, hear us out. Apart from fighting signs of ageing, retinol-infused products can help fight acne and take you several steps closer to your skin goals. Here’s how.
- How does retinol help fight acne and even out skin tone?
- How to use retinol safely on acne-prone skin
How does retinol help fight acne and even out skin tone?
Retinoids are often recommended by dermatologists to treat moderate to severe acne, especially when every other form of treatment has failed to work. The ingredient can reach deep into your pores and unclog it to let other acne-fighting products get through. They also help with faster cell turnover cycles of the skin, keeping dead skin cells from clogging the pores and preventing breakouts. Because retinol infused products are comparatively gentler than prescription-strength retinoids, they are easily tolerable by many skin types. But that’s not all. Retinol can also help tackle acne scars and blemishes. It works on pigmentations and rough texture to give you smooth and even-toned skin.
How to use retinol safely on acne-prone skin
The trick to including retinol in your anti-acne skincare routine is to stick to products with lower quantities of retinol. This will allow even sensitive skin types to use this magical ingredient without experiencing any adverse side effect like irritation, redness or peeling. A good tip would be to use your acne treatments during the daytime and use retinol at night.
Look for retinol-infused serums that are formulated with other potent ingredients to enhance the overall action. For example, we love how the velvety Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Serum feels on the skin and how it helps revitalise the skin. You can also use a retinol-infused night cream, preferably a hydrating formula like the Lakmé Youth Infinity Skin Firming Night Creme, to wake up with youthful and supple skin every morning.
The key is to be consistent with your routine. Retinol can send your acne-prone skin into a purge, pushing out previously blocked comedones during the cell turnover process. This can temporarily give you more breakouts, so don’t freak out. Once the retinol starts to take effect and your skin starts to respond to it, you will see the acne get better with time.