Biggest Retinoid Myths

Retinoid or retinols – you can easily be confused. Some people claim that these two terms refer to the same things – other claim otherwise. There are plenty of false information on the internet about retinoid, and here we bring you some of the biggest myths that can be read these days.

No 1 – Retinol, retinoic acid… Never mind, they do the same thing.

This is only half truth. Prescription formulas contain retinoic acid, the magic ingredient that fights visible aging. On the other hand, nonprescription alternatives need to be converted into retinoic acid by the skin at the cellular level. Although retinol and retinoic acid basically do the same thing, studies have shown that retinol is more gentle and more suitable for the skin.

No 2 – Retinoids cause sunburns.

This is probably one of the biggest myths out there. And it’s totally false. It’s true that retinoids break down in sunlight, which is why they are bottled in opaque packaging and are still best worn at night – to make sure they aren’t rendered inactive. So, they won’t cause sunburns. But, they don’t make the skin prone to sunburn either.

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